Frequently Asked Questions about Cabinet Refinishing:

Plastic Vinyl Coated cabinets, veneers, Melamine:

Whether your cabinets are vinyl, thin plastic veneers, or melamine over particle board; with the right primer and prep work your cabinets can be refinished and still have great durability. Staining is a bit different in that the plastic does not have actual wood pores and grain to soak up the stain. Therefore you won’t be able to get an enhancing of the grain nor a suitable surface for the stain to dry to.

Types of Wood and Concerns:

We can work with any kind of wood out there. Many people think that large pores in wood such as oak will never look good once painted. That could not be further from the truth. With the proper prep work, pores can be filled and your heavily grained wood with large pores can look surprisingly smooth and clean. We will use a variety of techniques and wood fillers to get the ultimate desired look.

How Much Does it Cost?

We are always curious about kitchen remodel choices and their costs. Naturally there are a lot of choices out there with a wide range of options when it comes to quality. According to www.remodeling.hw.net, the average cost of a major kitchen remodel where cabinets are being torn out and replaced is $59,999 for 2016. A minor kitchen remodel comes in on average at $20,122. Big box stores as well as local carpenters will run $6,000-$16,000 for the replacement of cabinets in an average smaller kitchen and the price only goes up from there. Remodeling and updating is one of the most important parts of owning a home and keeping it’s resale value ahead of the curve. Not to mention day to day personal enjoyment. This is why we believe that it’s so important to spend your money wisely where it matters. If you are working within a particular budget why not update your existing cabinets by refinishing them, adding wood molding, as well as hardware. Now you will have a sizable chunk of money left over to redo your kitchen floor, backsplash, countertop, appliances, lighting, and wall color. Pricing does vary when if comes to your kitchen’s refinishing. Depending on the size of your kitchen and finish look chosen, the price can vary. As a safe estimate, expect 4 to 6 times less expensive than the costs of replacing your cabinets with new ones for an averaged sized kitchen.

Here are some facts you need to know about costs:

Kitchen Remodeling: According to a 2015 study done by the National Association of Realtors and Realtor Magazine, the average cost of a 200sqft. minor kitchen remodel in the mid range of quality was $19,226. For a major kitchen remodel in the mid range of quality the average was $56,768. For the upscale major kitchen remodel, the average was $113,097. www.realtormag.realtor.org
The average time for kitchen cabinet replacement takes 3 to 6 weeks typically. It takes this long because you have to tear out your old kitchen cabinets and countertops, measure for your new cabinets, wait for the new cabinets to be made, shipping of those cabinets, and installing those new cabinets. By tearing out and replacing your cabinets you run into a whole host of problems and unforseen costs. These costs range from countertop compatibility issues, damage to the back splash and walls, to flooring problems where you see the footprint of the old cabinets where your wood floor finish is different. Replacement is very risky for the homeowner and big business for the contractors. 

What to expect during the refinishing process:

Initial Set up
This is when the initial set up and prep will take place. All doors and drawers are taken down and will be refinished off site to minimize client inconvenience and to maximize finished results in a dust free environment. In most cases, items do not need to be removed from the cabinets. If sanding of your cabinet boxes is required, we use a vaccuum sander to limit migration of dust and paint to the rest of the house.


Noise will be kept to a minimum. Expect the only noise to come from the initial sanding. Refinishing your doors and drawers offsite will also minimize noise and foot traffic within your home.

Average Job Length:

This always depends on the the size of your kitchen and the amount of work that will be done to achieve your desired look. In most caes it will take on average of 5 to 7 working days with most work being done off site. One to two of those days will be used to paint you cabinet boxes. If you find a person who claims they can refinish your kitchen any faster be aware that they are most likely cutting corners with your kitchen refinishing. I keep in touch with the best refinishers across the country and there are no shortcuts when it comes to proper steps to refinishing cabinets. Chemical deglossers or no-sanding solutions should never be used. There is a reason why all of the fine furniture and refinishers around the world are still sanding manually with good old fashioned sand paper. (please see below for more information.) We only use Acrylic water born paint on the cabinet faces and Urethane enamel on the cabinet boxes. On average your kitchen cabinets will have 3 to 5 coats in total of paint or stain. Because Acrylic paints dry fast, we can get your project done faster.

Is sanding necessary?

We feel that sanding is one of the most important parts in preparation for any refinishing Project. It’s a necessary evil. There are products out there that claim their product will stick to an unsanded surface. There are also DIY products that have solvent based and water based solutions that are applied to an existing surface instead of sanding. These are known as deglossers, liquid deglossers, liquid sandpaper, and other “proprietary” no sand solutions that are all the same thing with varying chemicals. You eliminate the dust when they are used so it’s something that creates interest for a home owner and do-it-yourselfers. There are problems with these products and the manufacturers will never tell you anything negative about their product. No-Sand solutions don’t do any real sanding. They only dissolve the surface coat to remove the gloss. All cabinets have some sort of imperfections and roughness to them which should be smoothed and leveled before they are refinished. No-sand solutions do not smooth your cabinets for the refinishing process to begin.

Water Based Paint and Paint Fumes:

We proudly use water based paints, clear coats, and stains as well as solvent born coatings. However, there is still a place for solvent based products such as lacquers and oil based paints and stains where necessary. Over the last decade water based products have come a long ways and are light years ahead of what they were just a short while back. With state regulations becoming more and more stringent on toxic chemicals and solvents that make up paint, manufacturers of paint products have been forced to invest in the advancement of paint alternatives that will hold up to the traditional oil based products. With the use of water based products there is a dramatic decrease in the release of VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. An added benefit to water based paints is that there is no risk of fire and everything is water clean up. In the past, not only did you have the large release of VOCs into the air but you had to use harsh chemicals such as acetone and paint thinner to clean the painting materials which added even more VOCs into the air.

If you have any questions give us a call! 469-243-5033