Refinishing existing cabinets is the
most cost effective way to immediately update your kitchen or bathroom!
When you really think about it, cabinets are actually highly used expensive pieces of furniture that have to withstand the toughest environments in your home . . . kitchens and bathrooms. Why spend big bucks replacing or refacing them? We can refinish them and give them a custom look and a new life for a fraction of the cost.
White kitchen cabinets are a classic and always in style.
Benefits of Refinishing
Refinishing is a great and the most affordable option if you
like the style and layout of your existing cabinets.
· Economical - Usually about 1/2 the cost of refacing and 1/4 the
cost of replacing. This means a SAVINGS of thousands of $$$.
· Fast - most projects are completed in 4-7 days
· Transformative - Immediate and dramatic update for kitchen,
bathrooms, bars, etc.
· Options Galore - Unlimited paint and glaze color combinations
for a truly custom look.
· Less Disruptive - No need to remove items from doors and
drawers and you can continue to use your kitchen during the
project. We use only low VOC materials to minimize odor and a
dust control system to minimize dust when sanding.
· Flexibility - Damaged doors and drawers can be replaced.
Hinges can be painted or changed to update your existing
cabinets. New pulls / knobs can be installed. Bead board can be
installed on island or plain panels to add interest. Even
Thermafoil (vinyl coated) cabinets CAN be painted if they are in
· Smart Investment - Adds value and sales appeal to your home
If your cabinet boxes (base cabinets) are in good condition and you are happy with the layout of your cabinets, re-dooring may be a good option for you. Re-dooring simply means that the existing doors and/or drawer fronts are removed and replaced with new ones in the look and style that you choose. Then we paint and/or glaze the new doors, drawer fronts, and base cabinets in the color you choose. The new doors will be installed with hidden hinges and the pulls and knobs can be changed to conplete the updated look. Re-dooring is a fraction of the cost of replacing or refacing your cabinets.
OPTIONS FOR CABINETS
ACCENT PAINTING/PEN GLAZING
Paint the recessed areas of cabinet doors, drawers and molding/corbels, etc. to accentuate the architectural features of the cabinets. Unlimited colors for a custom look. This is an excellent way to update and enhance the look of your cabinets at a lower cost than “all-over” glazing.
Apply a translucent glaze over the base cabinets and the front and back of doors and drawers to create a truly custom look. Unlimited colors and combinations. We apply two coats of premium quality sealer after glazing for maximum protection and durability.
NEW PULLS AND/OR KNOBS
Replacing existing pulls and knobs with new ones is a great way to update and upgrade your cabinets. We will fill the old holes (if necessary), drill new holes and install the new pulls/knobs.
PAINTING EXISTING HINGES
Clean and paint your existing hinges to compliment the new cabinet color and your pulls/knobs. This is a great way to update your cabinets, and is much less costly than installing new hinges.
If your doors and/or drawer fronts are too dated or too damaged to refinish, a good option may be to replace the doors and drawer fronts. This is much less costly than replacing or refacing all of your cabinets. We can help you choose the door and drawer style to work with your existing base cabinets, and we will paint and/or glaze them to create the look you choose for your cabinets. The new doors will include hidden hinges for an updated look. Change the pulls/knob and your cabinets are upgraded and updated!
Installing bead board on island or plain sides of cabinets is a great way to interest and depth.
Painting the island a contrasting color adds interest to the entire kitchen.
The dramatic color combinations are beautiful in this kitchen.
Why Choose Us?
· Skill and Expertise - Refinishing cabinets is our specialty. We have over 17 years of experience, and we have refinished cabinets in hundreds of homes throughout the Birmingham area. We do the work ourselves and never use sub-contractors.
· Quality Process - From preparation through final inspection, our 21 point detailed process* ensures that your cabinets will be beautiful and durable, and look great for years to come.
· Superior Equipment and Materials - We use the highest quality primer and paint and use fine finish sprayers to paint the doors and drawers at our studio. We use specialized rollers and brushes to paint the base cabinets to ensure a smooth finish.
· Free color consultation - We will provide free color samples and work closely with you to help you choose the right look for your home.
These beautiful cabinets feature a custom two-toned
paint and glaze combination.
Our Quality Process for Painting Cabinets
1. Remove knobs and pulls
2. Remove and number doors and drawer fronts (if removable)
3. Remove hinges
4. Repair minor imperfections to cabinets using Bondo or wood putty
5. Caulk areas as needed to ensure seamless finish
6. Install paper and/or drop cloths to protect floors, countertops and
7. Tape edges of cabinets to protect painted walls
8. Lightly sand to remove rough areas and to prepare surface for
primer (we use an indoor dust control system to minimize dust)
9. Use TSP (Trisodium phosphate heavy duty cleaner) to remove dirt
10. Apply one (1) coat of STIX urethane acrylic waterborne bonding
primer for maximum adhesion and durability – Base cabinets are
rolled or brushed by hand. Doors and drawers are sprayed with a
fine finish, furniture quality sprayer at our studio.
11. Lightly sand before applying paint
12. Apply first coat of Muralo premium quality waterborne enamel
cabinet paint to provide a tough, durable finish. Lightly sand
before applying second coat. Base cabinets are rolled or brushed
by hand. Doors and drawers are sprayed with a fine finish,
furniture quality sprayer at our studio.
13. Inspect base cabinets to repair and/or touch-up any necessary
14. Inspect all doors and drawers to repair and/or touch-up any
15. Reinstall hinges
16. Reinstall doors and drawer fronts
17. Reinstall pulls and knobs
18. Install bumpers on doors and drawers for softer closing
19. Final inspection of cabinets to correct any applicable areas if
20. Remove paper from floors and tape from edges of cabinets.
21. Clean countertops, floor and appliances to remove any dust.
NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE ITEMS FROM CABINETS OR DRAWERS EXCEPT WHERE CABINETS ARE TO BE PAINTED ON THE INSIDE (FOR EXAMPLE – CABINETS WITH GLASS DOORS OR OPEN AREAS WITH SHELVES)
KEEP YOUR CABINETS LOOKING BEAUTIFUL!
Newly painted or glazed cabinets need time for the paint and glaze to fully cure. This usually takes about 2 weeks. You can continue to use your cabinets during the refinishing process and of course, once the project is completed, however, for best results, please use a little extra care in trying to avoid scratching the cabinets or prolonged exposure to moisture. Follow these simple steps below to keep your cabinets looking great for years to come.
Use a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth for dusting your cabinets on a regular basis. Packaged dusting sheets are not required or recommended. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets or aerosol products made for dusting.
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water or a solution of white vinegar and water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean damp cloth. Immediately dry with another soft clean cloth. Never use a dishcloth to wipe your cabinets since it may contain food or remnants of grease or oil and detergents.
*Always avoid getting your cabinets excessively wet.
CLEANING PRODUCTS TO AVOID
The following products are to be avoided as damage may occur.
- Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and
sink cleansers, scouring powder, scouring pads, steel wool or self-polishing
- Sponges or dish cloths. They may contain particles that could scratch your
cabinets. Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits,
Goof-Off, or paint thinners.
- Ammonia or cleaning products that include ammonia.
- Bleach or cleaning products that include bleach.
CLEANING GLASS CABINET DOORS
Extra care is required when cleaning glass doors. Spray an ammonia-free glass cleaner on a clean, soft, lint-free cloth or paper towel. Do not spray cleaner directly on the glass. It could seep behind the window dividers and cause damage.
WOOD AND WATER DON’T MIX!
Always wipe spills, splatters, water spots and moisture from your cabinets with a clean, soft cloth as they occur. Prolonged exposure to spills, including food, water or other liquids, or to oil and grease splatters can cause permanent discoloration or damage to your cabinet’s finish. Remember to dry cabinet surfaces immediately after cleaning using a soft, clean cloth.
WAXING AND POLISHING
Waxing is not required or recommended. Over time, waxing and polishing compounds may build up on the surface of your cabinets and cause a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. This wax build-up is very difficult to remove.