With the Holidays quickly approaching, you will inevitably be spending more time in your kitchen, preparing your Thanksgiving Turkey, baking Christmas Cookies, and enjoying time with your family. If you are looking around your kitchen thinking it may be time to update your Kitchen Cabinets before your have that Big Family Gathering, make sure you know what to look for in hiring a professional painter!
Kitchen Cabinets are a Niche painting project, not every Painting Company can specialize in getting them done correctly and provide you with a professional finish. Just because they don’t specialize in Cabinets does not mean that they won’t provide you with a quote and take on your project! Choosing the right Company will ensure that your project is given the attention to detail it deserves and that the final product is what you envisioned! Making the decision to get your Kitchen Cabinets repainted is a huge decision and an equally huge investment. Hiring the “Cheapest” painter may seem like a cost saving option but, in the end, it may cost you greatly!
So, how do you know if you are hiring the “Right” painter? Here are some tips to help you make the best choice for you!
How Will Your Kitchen Be Prepped?
In order to receive the best finish on your Cabinets, it is imperative that the space is prepped correctly. Cabinet doors and drawers should be removed and all hardware including hinges, knobs, and pulls should be removed and stored in a safe place. All surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned with a degreaser to make sure that the paint adheres and dries properly. Everything should be given a base coat of a top of the line oil based bonding primer that is made for cabinet refinishing. Missing the primer coat or using any sort of all-in-one paint with a primer in the color coat could result in your paint peeling off your cabinets.
How Will Your Cabinets be Painted?
There is more than one way to paint your kitchen cabinets, but there is really only one right way to give you a professional, straight from the factory finish. In order to ensure that your cabinets come out smooth and the final finish is comparable to what you would get if you were to invest in gutting and completely refinishing your kitchen, the only way to paint them is with a professional paint sprayer. Sprayers provide a consistent smooth finish on each individual cabinet door and drawer. The alternative to a sprayed finish would be to brush and roll paint onto your cabinets. This method is far more time consuming (meaning your home is “under Construction” longer than necessary) and has the possibility for more inconsistencies.
What should you Expect During the Painting Process?
Where will your cabinet doors and drawers be painted? Some companies will remove all your door and drawers and take them back to their facility to be painted. While this may seem like a convenience as it eliminates the paint odor and mess from your home, it opens up a huge liability issue regarding possible damage to your doors and drawers and often times, will take significantly longer to complete. Transporting to their facility and then back to your home can lead to doors being damaged, broken, paint being scratched, and the finish being scuffed. Look for a company that knows how to set up a workshop within your home to complete your painting project, this will minimize unnecessary damage and cut down on the time it will take to complete your project.
Ask for Recommendations from Friends and Family
Once you make the decision to invest in a New-To-You Kitchen, ask your friends and family for referrals for Professional Cabinet Painters. If they have had the work completed themselves, look at the final paint job they received. Things to be on the lookout for, hardware being taped off instead of removed completely, missed paint on edges/sides, brush strokes or drips from brushes or rollers. Ask them how the project was completed and the timeframe in which it was completed (even with a larger than average kitchen, it should take no more than 4-5 days).
Hopefully this information is helpful in not only how to hire a Reputable, Professional Painter but also in how to determine if pricing is accurate. If you receive multiple quotes on your home and are seeing a big swing in the pricing, chances are you have received quotes from a painter who does not specialize in Cabinets. If a quote seems to good to be true or is considerably less than competitors, before you jump on board with that company, do your due diligence. Cheaper pricing can often mean cheaper work. If you are making an investment that you want to last, make sure you are investing in a company that will stand behind their work and guarantee their finished product. And Remember,…..
WHO YOU HIRE MATTERS!!!