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Residential Interior Cabinets and Built-ins

We paint cabinets and built ins for our clients making old and new cabinetry look great

We have painted cabinets and built-ins for customers for many years with great success!

Great cabinetry, New Finish

It is truly a shame that so many solid wood cabinets have been torn out and thrown to the waste heap. These solid wood cabinets can be painted, refinished, or refaced for a fraction of the costs of the replacement with new cabinets.

Most of this very good solid wood cabinetry has been replaced with a variety of wood type products that are of significantly less quality and durability.

Cabinets painting saves money

For a fraction of the cost of refacing, refinishing, or replacing the cabinets can be painted with amazing results. It is amazing what can be done with proper preparation, primer, and a couple of coats of good quality paint.

Onsite Completion

Most cabinet projects that we do are done onsite whereby all preparation, priming, and painting is completed without taking them to the shop. Usually, we will have a clear space in the garage or in the basement to do the work needed. There are occasions, where needed, that we will take the doors and drawers off site for completion.

Painting method for cabinets

The most cost-effective painting method for cabinet painting is with a brush and roller with spraying as a more costly option. The brush and roller are the most popular methodology for us, where over 80% of clients opt for this methodology. The finish on the brush and roll projects is not factory finish but in our experience is only slightly less than that of the sprayed option. Both methods look great and would require a close-up inspection to see the actual difference in the finish.

Our process for painting kitchen cabinets:

Remove all the hardware from doors and drawers

Doors and drawers are placed in the work area (onsite or offsite)

The drawers, doors and boxes are then sanded to buff the previous coating to prepare the surface for primer

A coat of primer is then applied to all areas using a high adhesion primer such as BIN or Kilz. There are other options for primer such as Gripper and other acrylic types however our experience has dictated that we stick to the Kilz or BIN as they are simply superior products

Once the primer has dried finish coats are applied. In most cases two full finish coats are applied one side then the other side.

Once the finish coats are completed and dried, we will reinstall the doors and drawers.

Once everything is reinstalled new updated handles and knobs are put on. There are limitations for the selection of handles and knobs which must fit in the same configuration as the original hardware.

This will complete the project.


A typical cupboard project takes 3 days for completion. The first day will be the removal and priming day and that day will have a strong odour in the work area that will dissipate quickly with good airflow. The painting of the finish coats will take approximately two days. Reinstalling of the doors and drawers as well as aligning these will occupy the final 2-4 hours.

The painting of cabinets is a very cost-effective means of updating a kitchen. It is roughly about 10-20% of the cost of replacement and about 50% of the cost of refinishing or refacing.

The selection of colours is made easy with Elite Trade Painting. We provide colour charts and samples as well as guide you in the use of our suppliers’ online tools.
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Painting any area before occupancy makes the job quicker and easier, which means cost savings for our clients. We paint many homes for our clients prior to their moving in and can provide quotes by using building plans, MLS information, client descriptions, and attending inspection dates.
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We make painting easy; but, there are certain preparation tasks that we prefer our clients to do. Moving small items, decorative pieces, and personal items help make the job smoother. Our estimators can provide a plan to suit your specific needs.
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Preparing your cabinets prior to painting consists of removing any items from the counters and then giving it a light cleaning. The removal of items from within the cabinets is preferred but not always necessary. We will remove hardware and hinges from your cabinets and reassemble after the painting is complete.
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There are several choices for the best paints for cabinets and built-ins. Our top picks are either a satin acrylic or a semi-gloss, waterborne, alkyd melamine.
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The best primers for cabinets and built-ins are Kilz, BIN and waterborne alkyds. We recommend priming all previously stained and varnished surfaces prior to the application of any finish coat. We also recommend lightly buffing and sanding before the application of the primer to help ensure adhesion.
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Interior paints are ready to recoat after a couple of hours, are dry to touch in 4 to 6 hours, and typically cure in 28 days. Clients should avoid washing painted surfaces until the paint completely cures.
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We Look Forward to Working With You

Let us help with the entire process of getting your cabinets into the shape that you desire. We can advise you on what finishes are best for the durability and look.

You will also have peace of mind knowing we paint hundreds of cabinets and built-ins each year.
We look forward to making your cabinets look beautiful.


Our Process – Simple. Professional. Well Communicated.


It begins with a quote request; then, a follow-up call to go over the project and arrange a site visit. We will create a custom and detailed quote(s) from our onsite review.


Once you review your quote(s), you can proceed to book the job by calling your estimator or their office, sending an email, text, or accepting it through our online quote system.


In the booking process, we will confirm options for start dates. Then there is a discussion and a plan created for colour options. Once approved, a team is scheduled for your project.


When our team arrives, onsite preparation and painting will commence—completing the project in a timely and efficient manner, ensuring the high standards for Elite projects.


Upon completion and inspection, we will clean the site removing all gear/equipment. We will then protect the quality of your project with our two-year guarantee. We will provide you with an invoice for review.

We’re trusted by our clients

We will always conduct ourselves as professionals who will be open and honest with our quotes and with our work, clearly defining expectations and treating our customers’ homes and businesses with the utmost respect.

High Quality

High-Quality service assured by our experienced and reliable painters.

Fair Price

You will be given a Fair Price for the high-quality workmanship that you will receive.

2 Years Guarantee

Your painting job will be Guaranteed for two years after the completion.

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