Do You Need to Paint Your Walls After Removing an Old Wardrobe?

To paint or not to paint, the age old question!

When embarking on a wardrobe renovation project, one common question arises: should you paint your walls after the old wardrobe has been removed? The answer largely depends on the type of cabinetry you plan to install and your personal preferences. At Fox Wardrobes and Cabinetry, we aim to guide you through every step of your renovation process, helping you make informed decisions.


Understanding the Types of Cabinetry

Before deciding whether to paint, it’s essential to understand the different types of cabinetry and how they interact with your walls and floors.

Full Carcass Cabinetry:

    • Definition: Full carcass cabinetry is designed with a complete enclosure, meaning the back, sides, and the floor and ceiling of the unit are all solid panels.
    • Implications: Once installed, full carcass cabinets completely conceal the walls and floor behind them. Therefore, any imperfections or unpainted sections of the wall will not be visible.
    • Recommendation: If you’re installing full carcass cabinetry, painting the walls might be unnecessary. However, it’s still a good idea to ensure the wall surface is clean and free of mold or damage before installation.


Modular Cabinetry:

    • Definition: Modular cabinetry consists of separate units or modules that are assembled together. Unlike full carcass cabinets, modular units often leave portions of the wall and floor exposed.
    • Implications: Since you can see the walls and floor around and between the modules, any imperfections or unpainted areas will be visible.
    • Recommendation: For modular cabinetry, it’s advisable to paint the walls and potentially the floor areas that will be exposed. This ensures a polished and cohesive look for your new wardrobe space.


Factors to Consider When Deciding to Paint

  1. Condition of the Walls: If removing the old wardrobe reveals damaged or stained walls, painting is a practical way to refresh and repair these surfaces.
  2. Color Consistency: If the existing wall color doesn’t match your new cabinetry or the overall design scheme, a fresh coat of paint can harmonize the space. We prefer the Dulux range.
  3. Personal Preference: Ultimately, your preference plays a crucial role. If you desire a completely new look and feel for your wardrobe area, painting the walls can enhance the transformation.


If you do decide to Paint the walls, below are some helpful steps to follow!

  1. Preparation: Clean the walls thoroughly to remove dust and debris. Repair any damage, such as holes or cracks, with spackle or wall filler.
  2. Priming: Apply a primer to ensure the paint adheres properly and to cover any stains or dark colors.
  3. Painting: Choose a high-quality paint that matches or complements your new cabinetry. Use a roller for larger areas and a brush for edges and corners.
  4. Finishing Touches: Allow time for the paint to dry completely before having you new cabinetry installed, this helps to avoid any smudges or damage.



Whether or not you need to paint your walls after removing an old wardrobe depends on the type of cabinetry you choose and your personal preferences. For full carcass cabinetry, painting might be optional. For modular cabinetry, it’s usually recommended to ensure a clean and finished look. At Fox Wardrobes and Cabinetry, we’re here to assist you in making the best choices for your renovation project. Contact us today for more personalised advice and expert installation services.

At Fox Wardrobes and Cabinetry, our goal is to provide tailored solutions that meet your unique requirements while ensuring the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality. With our expert team by your side, you can rest assured that your cabinetry will be installed with precision and care, regardless of the challenges posed by uneven surfaces.

At Fox Wardrobes, we understand that every project is unique, and every client has distinct preferences. Our team of experts is here to guide you every step of the way. You can see more of our projects on instagram and Facebook for inspiration. Reach out via online enquiry today or call our office on 9971 8802.


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