Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a typical refinishing project take to finish?
It takes  3-5 days total. It takes 3-4 days to refinish the door panels in our shop and it usually takes one full day to refinish the cabinet boxes on site and rehang the doors.
How long does a typical refacing project take to finish?
It takes  2 weeks to manufacture, finish and deliver the new door panels. It usually takes one full day to refinish the cabinet boxes on site and install the new doors.
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 before spraying the cabinet face frames. However we can not guarantee that the inside of the cabinets will remain 100% dust free. The drawers, on the other hand, will be taken out and placed outside the kitchen therefore they won’t be effected by the process.
If we install new drawer fronts or new handles and drilling is required, we recommend to empty 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 is glazing?
Glazing is an accent color applied by hand over a sprayed base color. It can be applied into sharp inside corners of a door profile or over the entire surface. The access glaze must be wiped off. After the remaining glaze dried, the entire surface must be sprayed with a clear lacquer to lock in and seal the glaze.
What is distressing?
Distressing is a process when the applied paint is randomly rubbed or sanded off on outside corners of the door profile, revealing the underlying color. Distressed surfaces must be sprayed with a clear lacquer to seal and protect the distressed (possibly bare wood) areas.
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 panels, 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.
What about the bottom of the cabinets?
We normally don’t paint the bottom of the cabinets. They are the same prefinished material just like the inside of the cabinets in almost every case, regardless of the exterior finish of the cabinets.  However we can paint them upon request for an additional charge.
How about new handles and hardware?
We can install new hinges, handles, new drawer slides, soft close upgrades, etc.
Do you sell handles
We don’t sell handles, however we can order handles for you from www.berensonhardware.com where you would receive a 50% discount on most handles if we place the order for you.