CraftPro Contracting Offers Cabinet Refinishing & Painting Services in greater Morris County, NJ. Here you’ll find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our Professional Refinishing; Descriptions of our Cabinet Painting Practices and Photos of our Refinished & Painted Kitchen Cabinetry
Kitchen Cabinet Painting: Dark-stained wood was thoroughly sanded and then primed with several coats of a shellac primer before being painted with a specialty cabinet paint. Read more about our cabinet painting process below. This particular job was completed during .
Our Unique, High Qaulity Cabinet Painting & Refinishing Methods & Techniques
How we thoroughly refinish & paint cabinetry: high-end coatings, meticulous techniques and supreme attention to detail are the cornerstones of our expert crafstmanship.
Cabinetry Prep & Setup
- We carefully dismantle all the cabinet doors and drawers and we save, organize and set aside the hardware for re-assembly later.
- We tape and plastic all the surrounding areas and the insides of cupboards and drawers that are not going to be painted.
- Establishing a clean and organized workspace is important, and we make sure your kitchen is accessible at the end of every day during the cabinet painting project. We’re guests in your home while we work on it, and we do our best to stay out of your way and make the project as pleasant as possible.
- Doors and drawers can be worked on on either at our workshop or on-site if there’s a large enough area.
Cabinet Sanding & Detailing
- Different species of wood, different types of cabinet stains and clear-coat finishes require slight adjustments but thorough sanding is always part of our quality cabinet painting service.
- We remove the clear-coat and “scuff” the stain thoroughly using a series of coarse to fine-grit sandpaper.
- In some cases the stain on the cabinets is so old that we remove it completely and get the cabinets down to bare wood.
- We carefully and thoroughly dust off clean all the cabinetry. Then we wipe the wood with a clean wet rag to raise the grain of the wood. This creates more surface area and makes the cabinetry more absorbent.
- You’re probably having your cabinets painted because they’re old, and old cabinets usually have some damage. We use quality wood putty or a 2-part epoxy filler to correct and fix blemishes, dings, and other such damage.
- A lot of the cabinet detailing we perform has nothing to do with damage at all. For example, almost all stained-wood cabinets have gaps in joints and seams, unfilled nail-holes, slightly imperfect mitered molding corners, etc. These types of things can’t be seen until the cabinets are primed. Once everything is primed (especially if the primer is standard white) those thin gaps and small holes become glaring, unacceptable imperfections. So caulking and putty-ing is a big part of our cabinet painting service.
- After all that preparatory work, the cabinets are finally ready for priming.
Priming the Stained or Bare Wood Cabinets
- Whether the cabinets are still stained or have been sanded down to bare wood, they must be primed. We always use an oil-based primer. Firstly, oil primer – especially oil enamel primer – is extremely sand-able, which allows us to achieve a beautiful, glass-smooth finish before we even paint. Oil-based primer also blocks and seals stains and tannins, and it provides a durable under-body for the newly refinished cabinets.
- Our favorite primer to use is “Zinsser” brand ‘BIN’ shellac-based primer. At anywhere between $50 and $80 per gallon it is one of the most expensive primers on the market, but it’s worth it:
- BIN shellac-based primer-sealer is extremely penetrative and effective at sealing stains, wood knots and sap streaks. It seals odors and grease as well and – according to its manufacturer – it does so without the need for sanding. We sand cabinets anyway: not just for stain-blocking purposes but for aesthetic reasons as well.
- ‘BIN’ dries extremely fast and can be re-coated in 45 minutes. We apply anywhere between 3-5 coats of primer to achieve full coverage before painting and to apply a heavy, thick under-body that can be sanded smooth.
Once the cabinets have been primed, we use fine-grit sandpaper and detail-sand the primed cabinetry so that everything is smooth and the primer pores are open and ready to receive the specialty cabinet paint.
Cabinet Painting Products & Practices
- Now that they have been dismantled, sanded, detailed, primed and sanded again, it’s finally time to paint the cabinets.
- Using the right paint product and cabinet painting practices is extremely important, or all that preparatory work will be for nothing. This is why not all house painters offer cabinet painting services, and this is where your painter’s product knowledge and expertise is important.
- Cabinets get a lot of use and the finish needs to be durable and washable in addition to looking great. In the past, oil-based paints were the go-to choice for cabinets. But traditional oil-based paints (alkyds) have high VOC content and are not environmentally friendly.
- CraftPro Contracting practices environmentally safe painting, we’re certified by the EPA, and paint toxicity is something we always consider. Lucky for us, paint manufacturers are equally committed to “going green”.
- Advances in paint technology have produced some amazing coatings. For example, waterborne-alkyd paints (click here to learn more) also known as “oil-suspended-in-water”. Benjamin Moore’s “ADVANCE”, which is specifically indicated for cabinet painting, is our paint product of choice.
- Unless otherwise requested by our customer, we use Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE waterborne alkyd cabinet paint exclusively. Simply put, it’s a fantastic product. It has all the advantages of traditional oil-based paints: slow-drying for excellent leveling and a glass-like smooth finish, dries to a furniture-like “shell” that’s extremely durable and washable. Unlike traditional alkyd paints, “ADVANCE” – and other waterborne-alkyds like it – are environmentally safe and have a low-VOC content, making them less toxic to be around. What’s more, they don’t have the propensity to turn yellow over time like oil-based paints tend to do (especially in white or light colors).
- In some cases we use an airless sprayer to apply the paint to the cabinets. Sometimes we use ultra high-end mini-rollers and top-quality brushes that leave the smoothest finish possible. It doesn’t make a difference in the end: our painted cabinetry always looks factory-finished and glass-smooth.
Our meticulous cabinet painting preparation and techniques, our painstaking attention to detail, and the long, slow drying time of the specialty premium paint we use are all factors that lead to our customers’ painted cabinets resulting in a glass-smooth, brilliant finish that’s as durable as it is beautiful.
Cabinet Painting Frequently Asked Questions
Below are Some Answers to Questions Commonly Asked by Our Customers
- Certainly! We have special sanders for smoothing out wood grain. Additionally, we use a very special primer that is specifically intended for providing a smooth underbody over things like wood grain. It makes the grain in your cabinetry smoothed out so that the painted cabinet finish is glass-smooth. Our thorough sanding when added with this high-build, thick primer really provides an incredibly even, level surface on all areas of your cabinets.
My Cabinets are Oak or Some Other Typpe of Wood that makes the Grain Very Vsible. You can Feel the Unsmooth Textured Surface. Can You Fix an Smooth-Out Wood Grain? Will my Painted Kitchen Cabinets be Glass-Smooth?
- White or off-white seems to be most popular, but we’ve seen (and really like) darker-colored cabinets, too. If you’re serious about choosing the perfect paint color for your cabinets then we strongly recommend hiring an interior designer color expert for a consultation. It’s not as costly as you may think, and it could make all the difference. We refer our customers to renowned color expert Amy Wax of Your Color Source Studios. We’ve worked with her before and the results were incredible, she’s an award winning author and the creator of the award-winning Color911 app. In her article on cabinet painting popularity, Amy writes, “Depending on the style of your home, a more modern feel to your kitchen is more likely to be achieved with a lighter painted cabinet.”
What Color Should I Choose for my Painted Cabinets?
- Even the largest kitchens with the most expansive cabinetry only take around a week at most. The average cabinet painting project takes a few days, and – unlike many painters – we go to extra lengths to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the project. We can work on doors and drawers at our workshop to minimize the amount of time we occupy your home. We also clean up at the end of every day and make sure you have as much access to your kitchen as possible – even throughout the work day. We’ll work around you and make sure you have access to everything you need. You’re the boss. There’s a reason our customers have had nothing but great things to say about us.
How Long Will the Cabinet Painting Take and how will it Interfere with my Day-to-Day Life?
- ‘Normal use’ for kitchen cabinetry is pretty heavy, and they can experience a lot of hardships (spills, dirty handprints, getting hit with pots and pans, etc). Nonetheless, our cabinet painting and refinishing projects are guaranteed to withstand this normal wear and tear for 5 full years or we will come and fix it for free. The products we use are top-shelf, extremely durable and we’re confident in our cabinet painting expertise.
Will the Painted Cabinets Chip or get Scratched or will they Hold Up to Normal Use?
- Not if you hire CraftPro Contracting for your cabinet painting project! Yellowing of white paint happens with oil-based paints and we don’t use those. We use a specialty waterborne alkyd specifically formulated for cabinet painting.
Will my White Cabinet Paint turn “Yellowish” Over Time?
- We tape down paper over your countertops and floors and we lay drop-cloths over that. You don’t even have to empty your kitchen cabinets: we seal them off with plastic (but you can still get to them if you need to, and we take down the plastic at the end of the day. We make sure everything is covered and protected: neatness and cleanliness are very important to us.
How Does CraftPro Protect my Countertops, Floors, Inside my Cabinets, etc?
- You probably will! And we can do it for you, even if the new hardware doesn’t line up with the old screw holes – we’ll take care of it. Of course you can do it yourself if you’d like. If you happen to slightly damage the new finish we’ll fix it for you, no problem.
What if I want to Install New Hardware to go Along with my Newly Painted Cabinets?
- Thank you! We agree. First, take a look at our cabinet painting photos below, then fill out the form at the bottom of this page to schedule an estimate with our owner.
For homeowners in the greater Morris County, NJ area who want to update, renew, refresh, modernize, and/or restore their cabinets, CraftPro Contracting is your best choice. We provide high quality cabinet refinishing, dedication to customer satisfaction, a full-coverage 5-year warranty and we take great pride in our work.
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Our favorite part: the floor-refinishing contractor was at the home on the last day of this project and said “Oh those are just beautiful. You should have had those new cabinets installed after we did the floors.” Even to a pro contractor these refinished cabinets look brand new – and it cost the homeowners a small fraction of what new cabinets would cost!
By January 17, 2017| Updated: