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Why Is Painting Kitchen Cabinets So Popular in the Bay Area?

Why Is Painting Kitchen Cabinets So Popular in the Bay Area?

Kitchens are enjoying more popularity than possibly ever before in the history of cooking spaces.

Why?

Well, more and more homeowners like you are taking advantage of the unique blend of style and function that they offer; it’s a place to make dinner, but it’s also a place to showcase your preferred tastes, textures, colors, and designs. From backsplashes to countertops, sinks to fixtures, wall color to lighting, your kitchen holds nearly limitless potential.

With that in mind, any kitchen updating or design strategies that offer quick results and a major impact naturally get a lot of attention. And, when it comes to powerful ways to update your kitchen, cabinet painting reigns supreme.

What Kind of Transformation Does Cabinet Painting Offer?

This is largely up to you. Let’s take a look at a few scenarios to better explore your options:

  • Painting or Finishing New Cabinetry - Whether you’ve just built your home or remodeled your kitchen, unfinished cabinetry offers a clean canvas to work with.
  • Refinishing Existing Cabinetry - If you love the existing paint or stain but it has grown tired over the years, you may just need a refreshed finish to bring back that original beauty.
  • Painting or Refinishing with New Hardware - You would be amazed by what a difference fresh stain or paint combined with new hardware can make.

3 Awesome Reasons to Paint or Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinetry

We already touched on the aesthetic benefits (customized style, refreshed or new finishes, updated hardware, etc.). Here are a few other reasons why cabinet refinishing is such a popular option:

  • Cost-Effective - In comparison to a complete replacement, painting your cabinetry is much less expensive.
  • Less Intrusive - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. Making an update without needing to completely tear the space apart is always a benefit.
  • Faster Process - Going hand in hand with our second point, painting and refinishing is a faster process than completely replacing cabinetry. Your kitchen can be up and running (and looking better than ever) in a relatively short amount of time.

Bonus Benefit: Paint and stain not only adds another level of beauty and style to your surfaces, but also an essential layer of protection. Keeping this protective barrier at full strength is a direct investment in the lifespan of your cabinets.

What's Trending in the World of Cabinet Paint Colors?

As we discussed above, the beauty (literally) of painting kitchen cabinets is that you have total control over the style in this important space. The huge amount of variety living under the umbrella of "popular colors," ranging from deep black to shabby chic, is evidence that homeowners today are loving this stylistic freedom.

Here are a few examples from Houzz.com (a wonderful source of inspiration for home improvement projects!).

Contemporary Kitchen by Minneapolis Cabinets & Cabinetry CliqStudios Cabinets
Traditional Kitchen by Hinsdale Design-Build Firms Normandy Remodeling
Transitional Kitchen by Denver Kitchen & Bath Designers Angela Otten; WmOhs Showrooms Inc

As you can see in the picture above, it's also popular to paint your kitchen island a complementary color. This creates a nice visual contrast, and it also transforms your island into an accent piece rather than tying it directly to your cabinets.

If you are looking for a timeless color that is as popular today as ever, we would point you in the direction of white. From soft and clean to warm and buttery, there is plenty of subtle variety to choose from to fit your specific space. The featured photo above is a stunning kitchen we painted for one of our clients, and it offers a perfect example of how beautiful white cabinetry can be.

Talk to a Cabinet Painting and Refinishing Professional

Our final tip is to find a painting professional you can trust and feel comfortable working with. Painting is a personal process, and having expert input when it comes to colors, finishes, and style ideas can be invaluable. After all, the end goal is for you to have a kitchen that you fall in love with all over again.

If you live in the San Francisco, East Bay or Contra Costa area, we hope you will contact us at MB Jessee. It would be our pleasure to serve you!

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“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
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“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

“I cannot imagine finer painters--and I have worked with many. They work exceptionally hard. It is a joy to see their workmanship!”

— Alicia R.
Oakland

“The kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“In September, MBJessee finished painting two sides of our 3-story condominium building (six owners). We were impressed by the professionalism of the company and every one of its workers, Matt Jessee couldn't have been more helpful in planning the project. His painters were well-trained, easy to communicate with and eager to please. In addition to painting the stucco, they made extensive repairs on windows and frames, which will save us considerable money in the future. They finished earlier than anticipated, with as many as five men working on the job, and the scaffolding came down the next day. All of us were delighted with the results. Now my husband and I are looking forward to having MB Jessee paint our own apartment later this month. Matt and Gustavo (who will be our crew leader again) have explained how they will work to make the painting proceed smoothly while we're living here, and they have been endlessly patient with our protracted decision-making process. If you look at their website, you'll learn that MB Jessee is an exemplary company that takes good care of its workers as well as its customers, and contributes public service projects to the community. All in all, we can't recommend MB Jessee highly enough.”

— Jayne W.
San Francisco, CA

“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

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Piedmont

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— Mark & Roberta Gross

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

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