We're often asked to share an overview of our process and we're happy to do so. We won't share all the nitty gritty details, but you'll get an overall sense of how it works and what you can expect if you choose to work with us.
STEP 1: Our first step, of course, is door removal. We draw ourselves a reference map, and each door and individual hinge is labeled in an inconspicuous spot to ensure everything goes right back where it came from.
STEP 2: Next we thoroughly degrease doors and cabinet bases.
STEP 3: All surfaces are lightly sanded and thoroughly cleaned.
STEP 4: The priming begins! Doors are first, followed by cabinet bases and any other surfaces. Everything gets two coats of primer. Why two coats, you ask? Double coating with primer serves two purposes: It helps to fill in wood grains for a smoother finish, and it also helps to completely seal in any tannins, grease or other troublesome things that may cause discoloration later.
STEP 5: The painting begins! As noted with primer, all surfaces also get two coats of paint. Double coating with paint serves two purposes: It helps further fill in wood grains, and it helps to completely cover surfaces for a gorgeous solid color finish.
STEP 6: Depending on timing and scheduling, we like to allow all doors and bases to thoroughly dry and begin to cure for 1 - 3 days.
STEP 7: On the final day, we thoroughly inspect all surfaces and perform any touchups that may be necessary.
STEP 8: Our final step, of course, is door and hardware reinstallation. This is typically completed in a few hours on the final day of the project. Note that we can install new hardware that you've purchased provided that the holes match the existing ones in your cabinets. For recommendations or help in choosing new hardware, just ask - we're happy to help!
STEP 9: After your kitchen has been reassembled, we will discuss next steps with you for curing times as well as cleaning and care tips.
Typically we can finish a kitchen project in 7 - 10 days.
We do prefer to paint all doors onsite. This can be done in a spare room, basement or heated garage.
We're happy to help guide you in paint color selections, but we'll leave the final decision up to you.
We do leave touchup paint behind for any major oopsies after we've gone, although we're confident that the durability of the finish will stand up to most abuse you can dish out.
There's no need for you to remove items from cabinets or drawers. We work around everything, so it's super easy for you! We just ask that your countertops be relatively cleared off.
We do ask that a non-refundable deposit be sent to secure your spot on our calendar. Should a scheduling conflict arise, your deposit can be transferred to a new date provided we can fill the spot you've vacated. If an extenuating circumstance should arise, we are willing to work with you.