Remodeling and Home Design

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a typical project take to finish?
It takes  3-5 days total with only 1 day of work in the kitchen.
What is the refinishing process?
1) We remove all the doors and the drawer fronts, take them to our shop where they are prepped and sprayed to a factory grade finish in our spray booth.
2) We then return with the doors and drawer fronts, but before reinstalling them the side panels, face frames, crown moldings etc. are prepped for spraying. At the end of the day the frames etc. are primed, sprayed and dry enough to reinstall the doors and drawer fronts.
Do I have to empty the cabinets?
Typically you don’t have to remove the items because we will seal the openings of all cabinets, but we recommend that you do. The drawers, on the other hand, will be taken out and placed outside the kitchen; therefore, all items can remain in the drawers.
What is the difference between paint and stain?
Paint is a solid color coating that adheres to the surface and hides the color underneath. If wood is painted, the wood grain becomes invisible.
Stain is a transparent finish that penetrates the surface leaving the grain of the wood visible. Both finishes are equally durable.
How about glazed, distressed finishes?
Yes, we do glazed as well as distressed finishes.
What kind of paint do you use?
We exclusively use ML Campbell finishing systems, including stains, pigmented lacquer paints and clear coats. Our paints can be tinted to match any color from any other paint supplier.
Getting a new stained finish.
In order to get a new stain finish, the existing stain or paint must be completely stripped down to the bare wood. Only bare wood can be stained. Stripping a kitchen door can be a time consuming process, therefore, sometimes it is more economical to get new doors instead of stripping the old ones.
Should a darker finish be your desired goal, it may be possible to apply a shader coat on top of the existing stained finish. Please note, the existing finish must be intact to provide a solid foundation.
How about crown molding and other carpentry work?
We install crown moldings, light rails, end caps, trim and offer any and all types of finish carpentry and cabinetry services in the kitchen and bath.
Can vinyl veneer end panels be painted?
Yes, they can be primed and painted, however they can’t be stained. They need to be veneered over with real wood veneer if staining is required.
How durable is the new finish?
We use top of the line factory finishes, therefore, our finishes are as durable as a new factory finish. Even the best finishes can fail if they are not applied according to specifications and if the surfaces aren’t prepared properly. It is especially true for kitchen cabinets. About 80% of our time spent on each job is spent on surface preparation.
How messy is the process?
The majority of our process is done in our shop. Refinishing doors and drawer fronts involves a lot of surface preparation, multiple coats of primers and finish coats which is a messy process that requires a shop and a paint booth where the air quality is controlled. The cabinet face frames, moldings, side panels etc. will be painted on site. Essentially we will set up a temporary, air tight paint booth inside your kitchen. The purpose is twofold: 1. Sanding dust and overspray is being kept inside the area and removed at the clean up phase. 2. Air temperature, pressure and air quality is controlled inside the kitchen, so the finishes can be applied in the optimum environment necessary for a factory finish. Given the work is contained in the kitchen, all residual from the process is contained and completely cleaned by our staff before departing your home.
What about the inside of the cabinets?
We normally don’t paint the inside of the cabinets or drawer boxes. They are the same prefinished material in almost every case, regardless of the exterior finish of the cabinets.  We can however paint the inside upon request.
How about new handles and hardware?
We can install new hinges, handles, new drawer slides, soft close upgrades, etc.