Cabinet refinishing- Hire a faux painter or do it yourself?

by admin, August 21, 2013

Cabinet Refinishing: The key to saving money and reclaiming your kitchen!

It all starts with a dream to reclaim your kitchen, to modernize and beautify the heart of your home. After all, your kitchen is quite possibly the most important room in your home. It is the gathering place for your family and friends and is used every day, all day. This is why you deserve to have your kitchen look like YOU want it to look! So go ahead… reclaim your kitchen! There’s no better way to do this than to give your old, worn cabinets a face lift! You can do this and save money by refinishing your cabinets instead of replacing them. After all, some of the cabinets built 20 and 30 years ago are more solidly constructed than most modular, prebuilt cabinets today. So when it’s time to redo your kitchen, it may not make sense to start from scratch.



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Before (cabinet refinishing)

 After… like new!


Cabinet refinishing: Hire a faux painter or do it yourself?

Ok, so you have decided that cabinet refinishing is the best option and are ready to go! Now you will need to decide whether to hire a faux painter to complete the job or do it yourself. There are several things to consider when making this choice. We have put together a list of pros and cons for each to help you decide.

Option 1: Hire a faux painter

Pros- A faux painter will have the experience and knowledge needed in order to complete your project in a timely manner and will be able to do it right the first time. There will likely be less mess because many times they will remove the doors and refinish them at a shop or studio, returning them when complete. This prevents mess in your home during the sanding and cabinet refinishing process. There are also no doors or drawers laying around your house, taking up space.

Cons- Although cabinet refinishing is much, much less than the cost of replacing or even refacing your cabinets, you can expect to spend more if you hire a faux painter, compared to the costs of doing it yourself. Having said this, it is a good idea to keep in mind a realistic cost of supplies you will need to purchase if you do take on the project. There are many other supplies you will need other than paint. Consider other items needed like primer, sealer, drop cloths, trays, rollers and brushes, drill and bits, sandpaper, ladder, bags and labels to store hardware in once you remove the doors, blue tape and more.

Option 2: Do it Yourself

Pros- It will be less expensive than hiring a faux painter.

Cons- The cabinet refinishing project will likely take longer because you will need to spend time learning how to prepare and paint them properly (hint: there definitely is a right and a wrong way) and you may find that you run into an “oops” or two along the way. This will mean extra time on your part to fix paint mess-ups. Another thing to consider is the durability. If the cabinets are not properly prepped, the paint will not bond and you may find that a month down the road, you have peeling paint! Eeek! You should also plan on cabinet doors and drawers being pulled off and laying around your house or garage while you refinish them. This will also mean the mess that comes with sanding… so be prepared to dust areas other than your kitchen because it honestly finds its way everywhere! If you sand them outside or in your garage that will help cut down on the mess inside your house but you will still need to plan on cleaning the area quite a bit.

Whether you decide to hire a faux painter or do the cabinet refinishing project yourself, we support you 100%! And we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Even if you are just trying to decide which option is best, go ahead and give us a call. We can help and promise to give you unbiased advice, either way! Because after all, we are sincerely devoted to what is best for YOU!

For free advice and an estimate,

call us today at 210-617-8594

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1 Comment

    • Bert
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    • August 28, 2013

    Thanks for being a consumer advocate and giving us the pro and cons. It will help me make a smarter buying decision.

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