Do Your Cabinets Need a Facelift? (And, Is It Worth the Price?)
Do you sometimes look at the cabinetry in your kitchen and think (with a high level of irritation), "I need to have these replaced!" You can plainly see the nicks and dings in certain areas, maybe a couple of them are half-falling off the hinges, or maybe they're solid but severly outdated. If you do have this thought, maybe your next thought (possibly a rather deflating one) is, "Right, but I also need to win the lotto before I could do something like that!" As you know, the chances of that happening are practically nil I'm not saying it could never happen, but if your luck is like mine, it's probably not going to happen any time soon that your next ticket purchase is a winning one. So, what is there left to do?
Maybe you're already aware of the fact that, if your cabinets are in good enough shape, they can be repainted versus replaced. If possessing this knowledge hasn't already set you on a path to the nearest paint store to find out or even buy all the materials you need to do the job yourself, the reason is probably this simple--you're aware of the time and energy it takes, which seems like it's synonymous to climbing Mount Everest, or at least it is from what you can tell, having never done a project like it. Even after spending hours and hours on various blogs or Pinterest watching DIY videos, the reality of the time involved to take on such an endeavor seems like a daunting task, maybe even like cloning would have to be involved, especially if you're working full-time, and, oh, let's not forget, running kids around to various places. So, then what happens? The "painting the kitchen cabinets" project," the one you swear to your friends could happen, if you pnly had an extra week of vacation, goes on the list (yeah, that "one list"), which is the equivalent to something like Ed McMahon showing up on your doorstep with a check for a billion dollars for winning a sweepstakes you never entered--it never happens.
Or, maybe you're not aware of the fact that there are services available that will not only make your cabinets look like they're brand new, like you did, indeed, purchase new ones, but also services that will create that much longed for updated kitchen for a much more reasonable price than what it costs to get new ones. If this is the case, or even one where a contractor you know has discouraged you from doing such a thing, then you've stumbled across this article for good reason.
While the reality of an estimate for such a service may possibly make you gulp a bit (at first), if you are dealing with a refinisher who has experience, you will find out, if you move forward by hiring them, that you will end up with the best of both worlds--like-new cabinets without taking out a second mortgage. Who doesn't love that?
An experienced refinisher will generally charge a flat fee of $250-$300 for supplies, $70-$75 per cabinet door, and $30-$35 per drawer. This price will include a laborious and necessary deep cleaning followed by a small amount of scuff-sanding in order to remove the natural oils from people's hands as well as dirt that becomes ingrained over time no matter how often cabinets are cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner. (WARNING: To skip this vital step, most particularly when having your cabinets refinished in white or a lighter color, is asking for yellowing to occur in spots where the cabinets' doors and drawers are handled most often, and it will happen regardless of the paint products that are used. For the money you might be spending, there's nothing more aggravating than to see this yellowing occur and then have to go through starting from the beginning again to remedy the problem).
If you want your cabinets painted a solid color (versus having them restained), an experienced refinisher will use a good stain blocker as the first layer to prevent bleed through , especially on certain types of cabinets. Darker colored cabinets or ones that have any red hues in them require a stain blocker, which will also keep the grain of any wood or any old paint color from resurfacing. A stain blocker is important, too, to keep from having to paint more than two coats of paint, which usually should be enough to achieve the solid paint color. A good stain blocker is usually pretty thick and requires proper application.
During the next part of the process, it's also beneficial if your refinisher will be spraying your cabinets versus hand-painting them to prevent from leaving visible b