What is your process?
Ours is a three week process, no matter how big or small your kitchen, because of dry times.
We will come and pick up your doors and drawer fronts and take them back to the shop. You don’t have to do anything to prepare for us at this time. All surfaces will be thoroughly degreased. The existing finish will be completely removed by sandblasting, power sanding, hand sanding, stripping or any combination of these processes. Once all the surfaces are taken down to the bare wood sealer will be applied. This step is to ensure that the tannins in the wood will not discolor the paint over time. (You may have seen this occur when the knots in your door and window casings brown.)
This is where consistency in our process ends. Each project presents unique conditions that are handled on a case to case basis. At the end of the day, however, we make sure that your doors and drawers will be prepped as required for us to do the best job for you.
Once all the doors and drawers are properly prepped and primed, three coats of paint is sprayed on both sides.
The work is done in the house. It’s at this time that all the contents of your cabinets need to be removed, counters cleared and soft window treatments taken down.
Day 1-2: We will set up a plastic wall around the project area to limit the amount of dust outside the kitchen as best we can. All appliances will covered in plastic and finishes protected. All built in components of the bodies will be degreased and sanded. Depending on the size of the kitchen, priming may also take place on the first day. For larger jobs, it often goes into the second day. Once sanding is complete the wall will be taken down and you will have full access to your refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, etc.
Days 3-5: Three coats of paint will be applied.
When we leave the house at the end of week 2, all contents can be returned to the cabinets and you can use your kitchen as normal.
We let the paint in the house dry for one week before hanging the doors.
Week 1: no doors
Week 2: empty cabinets and cleared counters
Week 3: no doors until Friday
How much does it cost?
Based on our process, the primary factor in determining the cost is the amount of time it will take to do the prep work. This time varies significantly from job to job, even if they’re a similar size. Different door styles, surface conditions, age and breakdown of existing finish all come into play. Unfortunately, there is not a magic number that I can apply to every job. We’ve done jobs in the $3,000.00 range all the way up to $10,000.00. Our “average” job is typically around $6,000.00.
What kind of paint do you use?
This is my little secret (wink, wink). I will say this. We use different products depending on the color. I’ve found that all paint carries pigment differently. The product I like for light colors… no good in dark. The product for dark colors, well I don’t like that one for light colors. There are many characteristics that I look for in the products I use. The paint has to dry hard. Really hard. You have to be able to wipe them down. And this is the biggest one for me… You absolutely have to be able to touch it up! As far as I’m concerned, a painted cabinet is the most maintainable finish out there. Kitchen cabinets are used, not looked at. No matter what cabinet you have in your house, it can be damaged and over time the finish wears. It’s just life. But I love the fact that if anything happens to a painted cabinet, you can fix it, easily, without having to tackle the whole kitchen. We only use products that touch up perfectly, even when brushed and rolled over a sprayed application.
How do I take care of painted cabinets?
A damp soft microfiber rag should do it. If you feel like you need a little something else for around the knobs and over the stove, just a few drops of dawn in warm water. I recommend a pass with clean damp rag after to remove the soap residue. I usually go over mine with a dry rag after to remove any streaks.