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The subject of cabinet refinishing is actually a pretty interesting topic. People want to know how refinished cabinets stack up to new cabinets and what options refinishing presents. We’ve collected a list of such questions and presented them below. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please ask!

What are current cabinet grain and color trends? What do you offer?
Darker cabinets are currently more popular than lighter looking cabinets. We offer the following types of woods and wood-looks: pine, cherry, red oak, white oak, mahogany, maple, birch, alder.


Should I re-use my drawer pulls or get new ones when I refinish my cabinets?
We recommend keeping the same drawer pulls when refinishing; it keeps the wood stronger and we don’t have to use a dowel or bondo to plug up the old hole pattern. If you really have you heart set on some cool drawer pulls we recommend refacing rather than refinishing. We recommend cabinet hardware from Lewis & Company or Blum.


Can I do a test section before deciding on stain color for my refinished cabinets?
Yes, yes, please do. We can take a door from a kitchen to our shop and stain it. Then you take it back and look at in the light of your home at different times — which is key given how light changes during the day.


What are your terms of payment?
No deposit needed
Half way done – 50% payment
All the way done – 2nd 50% payment


Can you engrave my refinished cabinet doors with a pattern?
It is usually more cost effective to get new doors and drawer faces than to engrave. Which means you might upgrade to quality doors, ditch the particle board doors, which you will appreciate in the long run.


How long will the finish on last on refinished or refaced cabinets?
Our finishes typically last 15 years or more if you take care with them. We will educate you after the job to on maintaining possible cabinet trouble spots, like areas near water or heat. (We have a special aerosol that works great there, if needed.)


What kind of lacquer do you use?
We insist on using a very high grade specialty lacquer. We use Rudd lacquer out of Seattle. Our work boils down to lacquer application, we like to think we use the best science and art in lacquer application. One key to superb application is proper preparation; we spend, on average, 30 minutes sanding each door.


What is the difference between refinishing and renewing?
Renewing does not go down to bare wood, it lightly sands over, then oil is applied, and then finally water base. Renewing is not as durable as refinishing. You’re already saving a lot of money by not getting new cabinets, as such we recommend going with refinishing, it may cost a little more, but it feels a lot more solid than renewing.


What’s the difference between cabinet refacing vs cabinet refinishing?
Refinishing restores the existing wood of your cabinets, refacing adds new wood in the form of new doors and veneers — while utilizing your current cabinet box/base/framework structure. Refinishing typically costs about 30% less than refacing. We love to do both. Refinishing makes sense if you have very high quality cabinets to begin with. Refacing makes sense if you don’t like the wood you have, for example, if you have oak and want cherry — a new stain alone won’t do the trick here. Refacing also gives you new hardware, new hinges, pulls, etc.


How long does it take to prep the kitchen? What kind of prep work do you do?
It takes about 8 hours to prep a standard-size kitchen. We actually use roofing paper and cardboard to wrap things up — we wrap it up like a birthday gift.


Does the process create any harmful fumes? Will I have to leave my house?
The fumes dissipate in one day; you can actually use the kitchen each day after we’re done with our work. We use high quality German sanders (Festool brand) that capture most of the dust. We take great pains to clean-up each day.


Can you make my cabinets soft-close after you refinish them?
Soft-close hardware is standard on our cabinet refacing jobs; there is a significant extra cost on resurfacing jobs to add soft-close hardware.


Should I get counters first or after refinishing my cabinets?
Get your counters first, then refinish your cabinets; you might change your mind about the stain color once you see the counters in your full kitchen light.


How many workers will be at my house? What hours do you work?
There will be a two man team on the job and the owners, either Michael or Barry Apodaca, will be a the job every single day until it’s done to your satisfaction. Our team works from 9am to 3pm, and around your schedule.


What do I need to to do in my order to prepare for the job?
Empty all cabinets, this usually takes 4-5 hours — this will give you a chance to finally clear out all your old spices and never-used platters. Don’t forget to take out the shelving paper, you’ll get to add clean new paper when we’re done.


How much will it cost?
A lot less than new cabinets! (Usually 50% the cost of new.) The biggest factor in cabinet refinishing/resurfacing costs are door and drawer counts. A small job has 15 doors or less, an average job has 25 doors and 10 drawers, and big job typically has over 35 doors and 20 doors.


How long will it take to refinish or reface my cabinets?
The standard refinishing or refacing job takes 1 week — a standard job has roughly 25 doors and 10 drawers.

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