Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards
Do I have to empty out cabinets and drawers?
No. If you decide to go with painting the cabinets, you might want to take out things you use on a daily basis because the cabinets will be masked off. If we're installing hardware on drawers they would need to be emptied for easier access with drill.
What's the difference between stain and paint?
Paint is designed to completely cover whatever it goes on. So, if you're looking for a solid color with no grain showing through, paint is what you want. Stain on the other hand is used to coexist with wood and enhance the wood look.
How long does the refinishing process take?
Typically, they take three and a half to five days, depending on the size of the house. However, a majority of jobs take three and a half days.
What is the process of painting?
No matter the process, it requires a bit of prep work - taping off walls, floors, countertops, and appliances. With painting however, the frame openings are completely masked off. The doors and drawer fronts will be removed and taken back to my shop. Day two consists of roughing up the frames with a sander and then spraying a couple coats of primer on them. Primer is a very important step, because you can't just put paint over a cabinet with a finish on it. Over time, they will peel and chip. We then go back to the shop and do the same process to the doors and drawer fronts. Day three we come back and sand to smooth out the primer surface. We then apply two to three coats of paint and do the same with doors and drawers. Day four we bring all doors and drawers back to house and install, do any necessary touch ups, install hardware (if requested), then clean up.
What is the process of staining?
Day one consists of prep work. On day two, we rough up the frames doors and drawers then wash them removing any type of impurities (oil, dirt, etc.) so the stain adheres properly. After cleaning everything, we apply a coat of stain by brush and slowly work it into the wood. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, each coat of stain requires one full day to cure. So with that being said, the darker the look, the longer the process. After achieving the look you want we then plastic off all cabinet openings and apply a coat of lacquer to seal stain. There are three different types of sheen for the lacquer spray, satin, semi-gloss and gloss.
Can you refinish front doors, railing/banisters, or floors?
Yes, we can refinish all those to either match your existing cabinets or for a completely new look.
What about furniture?
Yes, we do furniture as well.
Can you replace doors/drawers with new ones?
Yes, we can replace them to whichever style you want and then refinish them. If you aren't happy with the style of the door or you just want new doors, that is something we can do. However, if you have oak doors and frames and you want a door that does not have the oak grain, keep in mind that your frames will still have the grain to them. We don't replace the frames, we just refinish them to match the color of the doors.
Can you get rid of the oak grain?
It is very hard to get rid of the oak grain because it runs deep throughout the wood. We can get rid of the grain visibly, but it is extremely hard to get rid of it physically.
Does anyone need to be home?
No, we don't require anyone to be home during this process.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, a 50% deposit is required on the start date and the rest upon completion and satisfaction of the work.