We specialize in working with the client to achieve your desired look
*Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing
To achieve your desired look, we will work with you on color, paint application, and collaborative ideas to enhance your kitchen. If you want a factory looking finish then we spray all of your cabinet bodies, doors, and drawers. Depending on the final desired look, your cabinets can also be painted or stained by hand. Most of the time you will have a combination of both professionally sprayed cabinets mixed with applications done by hand. By the time we are done re-coating, your kitchen cabinetry new or old will look like it came straight from the factory.
*Distressing & Aging Light to Heavy
Distressing can be accomplished to achieve a particular look. This can be accomplished by sanding, use of solvents, and various other means. We can also produce worm holes, faux cracks, hewing, and surface denting all highlighted by glazes. With the addition of multiple layers of color and glaze, just about any distressed look can be achieved.
*Glazing and Craquelure
Glazing can offer all kinds of interesting looks. Compound glazing is also used for multiple color effects and added depth. Crackling of paint and clear coats will add another authentic old world look to your cabinets.
Through the use of stains, paints, and glazes any household cabinet or door can be changed to an antique look. Re-coating your cabinetry can transform your outdated eyesore into an chic rustic look straight out of the old world.
*Crown Molding and Trim Work
Many kitchens lack any decorative molding on the cabinet bodies. Besides refinishing, this is one of the most important parts of enhancing the look of your kitchen cabinetry. We can add crown molding to your upper cabinet bodies to increase their height and significance. Decorative molding can also be added to the lower portions of the upper cabinets to hide under-mounted cabinet lighting, kitchen islands can be enhanced, and kitchen bars can be embellished.
We can refinish your entry doors. Wether they are metal or wood, we can strip them, clean them, and reapply a finish by hand or spray application. The door refinishing will be done on site to allow the door to be rehung at the end of the day for your security. We also will have someone present the entire time your door is down, again for security. Quite often, doors can be refinished in place.
*Veneer and Refacing
Refacing:This is when you glue a thin veneer of wood or plastic over your existing cabinet bodies and replace the door and drawer fronts with new ones. Refacing averages $4,000 to $9,000. What is important to know is that the lower end of those figures are the lowest quality wood. If you have maple,cherry, birch, or hickory cabinets you will be looking at the upper figure easily. If you find someone who is willing to do it cheaply I would take a good look at one of their past jobs in the same price range. When it comes to carpenters and woodworkers there are good ones and there are bad ones just like in any industry.
Every once in a while we run into wood that is so damaged or cracked badly enough where we will reface a portion of a door or cabinet. This is rare though and only done when there is no other option. We have found that refacing or applying a veneer to the entire kitchen is far more expensive than refinishing. The labor, materials, veneer, and refinishing of the veneer or touching up is more expensive than working with your existing wood cabinetry or doors. Over time veneer can peel, chip, and warp. When you veneer a kitchen you end up with a lot of sharp edges and wood joined together in not the most stable and long lasting way. Every time you clean your cabinets with a rag or you rub against them, you risk snagging threads on those veneered corners and seams. Veneer also does not like water and you often see warped veneer damage below a kitchen sink.
Depending on the general layout of your kitchen, under-mounted lighting can usually be installed and hidden. This combined with your newly finished cabinets will further enhance your kitchens look and add warmth.
*Addition of Hardware
Hardware can easily be changed out or added to doors and drawers that currently don't have handles or knobs. Holes can be drilled for your new desired hardware.
*General Cleaning and New Clear Coat Applied
We can give your kitchen a quick facelift by degreasing your cabinets and applying a new clear coat. Often this alone is all that your kitchen cabinetry and woodwork needs to make it look refreshed and new again. Kitchen cabinets will often have water damage and failure of the clear coat after 10 years or so. This is due to the repeated abuse cabinets and doors take on a daily basis. Whether it's UV light from the sun or abuse from splashing water and cleaning your cabinets, at some point your clear coat will begin to fail. Catching a failing clear coat is important before the wood beneath is damaged. Depending on the severity of wood damage, a small section may be able to be repaired. If it's progressed too far then the entire door may need to be re-coated or refinished.
Signs to look for in a failing clear coat include: Flaking, Chipping, Cracking, Peeling, and Discoloration of both the clear coat and wood underneath. Most of the time wood may turn lighter in color for a dark colored cabinet and will turn a darker color for a lighter colored cabinet. You will primarily see this in the pores and wood grain. Within any given kitchen, water damage primarily is located on the cabinet doors below the sink and to a lesser extent to the cabinets below the countertops.
Pictured below are oak cabinets with a failing clear coat