Cabinet Painting FAQ
What surfaces of the cabinets do you paint?
Typically, we paint the visible exterior of your cabinet frames and doors, not including the insides of cabinets and drawers.
We can paint the insides of the cabinet boxes but will be an additional cost as it requires more labor including prep, primer, and paint. Most customers choose to not paint the inside of their cabinets.
What if I want different hardware on my cabinets?
You can either use your existing hardware (knobs and pulls) or you can update the hardware.
If you want new hardware, the customer will be responsible for providing all hardware before the start of the job. Not all hardware can utilize the existing holes. We would need to position and place the new holes prior to painting as well as patch any old holes no longer needed. This will alson have and additional cost.
Will I need to empty my cabinets?
Not necessarily! If you’re not painting the insides of the cabinets, it isn’t necessary to remove everything. We typically cover and protect the insides of the cabinets so your contents can stay in place. However, we do recommend removing anything that protrudes from the frame or anything that is fragile close to the lip of the shelving.
Some clients prefer to relocate everything in the cabinets which is totally acceptable. This gives them a chance to get rid of anything they no longer need or use as well as discard any expired foods! Entirely your preference!
However, you will need to remove all items on the countertops and inside drawers. These items will need to be stored in a separate space from the kitchen. All countertops will be covered during the process.
Can I still use my kitchen during the process?
You will have limited access to your kitchen during the first 1-3 days. Once the painting starts (typically days 4-6 ) you will not have access until we are finished. We recommend taking out anything you must use during this time and relocating it.
What type of paint do you use?
Centurion Wood Coatings is a European quality 2K Polyurethane made in America. Their primers, sealers, and topcoats meet the highest quality and environmental standards and are tintable.
What colors do you offer?
Virtually, any color you want. However, if you chose to have a two-tone kitchen, it will be at an additional cost as it requires additional paint and labor.
We do all the prep work and painting in your home. So we will need a dedicated space of at least 17 by 15 Ft. near the kitchen with access to a window or a garage. In this area, we will set up a painting booth/tent that has a ventilation system to direct fumes out the window. We will also have an area for our racks for painting and drying the cabinet doors and drawers.
How long does it take?
We use the spray technique for cabinets. Typically we can complete a kitchen with a 5-day turnaround time depending on the size and condition of the cabinets. You will have limited access to the kitchen during the prep period for the first 2-3 days if necessary. Once we begin priming and painting you will not have access to the kitchen.
Day 1-2: Protect the space and prepare. We will bring in equipment to keep fumes and dust to a minimum. This includes creating a temporary plastic wall to isolate the project. We also use a tent for painting the doors and vent through a window. We will protect the surrounding areas like some walls, ceiling, countertops, and appliances with protective coverings. When possible we will move the stove and refrigerator so that we have ample access to the surfaces to be painted. At this time we will carefully remove all the doors, drawers, and hardware.
Day 2-3: Clean and sand all surfaces being painted. In order for the paint to properly adhere without clumps or streaking all the surfaces will need to be deep cleaned and sanded. If you are installing new hardware that requires new holes, we will drill them during this time and patch any old holes. This portion may take longer depending on the condition of your cabinets.
Day 4-5: Two coats of primer and two coats of paint. We sand, dust and clean between each coat of primer and paint. Once dry we reinstall the doors and hardware.
The actual painting doesn’t take long. It’s the setup, prep, and clean-up that are the most time-intensive portions of the process.