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Where can I find someone to paint my cabinets?

Resurrect Wood Refinishing refinishes cabinets instead of painting them. Since it is common for these terms to get mixed up, this article assumes the word “painting” refers to changing cabinets to a solid color. The refinishing process is similar to painting. We encourage you to check out our other articles to understand the difference between painting and refinishing and why our technique is higher quality. Otherwise, we are someone who can paint your cabinets! Please submit an estimate request through our website or give us a call at (407) 744-3568.

Should I paint my cabinets or hire?

If you decide to paint your cabinets by yourself, it is strongly advised that you are already experienced in painting cabinets. Painting cabinets properly requires experience, and your kitchen cabinets may not be the best candidate for your first time at the brush. 

Is it better to spray or brush paint cabinets?

Speaking of brushes, it is much better to spray your kitchen cabinets than to brush them. While the equipment is much more expensive than a $3 paint brush, a spray gun is the only tool guaranteed to accomplish a clean, sharp, professional finish. Don’t be fooled, just because you have a rental spray gun unit does not mean you will have fresh-looking cabinets. There is a high risk to spraying cabinets if the user is not experienced. Instead of getting brush strokes in your finish, you may need to know how to fix fish eying, orange peeling, debris, hair, or any other number of things that can happen without proper airflow and ventilation. 

What paint is best for kitchen cabinets?

Paint should never be used for kitchen cabinets, only refinishing products. We have been seeing some trends swinging back to lacquer-based paint because it is cheaper. Lacquer-based paint is not a superior method to refinishing products. They can be heavily glossy, toxic, and odorous, sometimes needing days to gas off, and simply don’t have the durability to avoid chipping or peeling like a refinishing product.

Do you have to sand cabinets before painting?

Sanding cabinets is only required if the cabinets have been painted before. The great difference between painting and refinishing is that sanding is not necessary. Our company only cleans and scrubs the surface with a 3M pad, since the product we use is compatible with the original factory finish.

What color kitchens are in for 2023?

In the New Year, we connected with our top experts and trusted home stylists and interior designers, to ask what they see the industry color trends are bending toward for 2023. They are predicting a continuation of the deep slate and navy blues, along with the emerald green accent colors from last year. We are seeing these paired mainly with neutral beige, camel and gray tones. “Greige” though leaning more and more warm for 2023 in comparison to the 2021 more neutral and cool trends of gray. Homeowners are continuing to add a pop of color on their kitchen island, or hood range, or even experimenting with the upper cabinets as being a different color on the same palette than the lowers. The goal with kitchen colors this year is to continue keeping the space open, warm, and inviting with an off white or “greige” (a gray color that has warm tones in it like browns or beiges). A teal blue or sage green accent section or island can compliment a calming space with a fun pop of color to energize without interrupting the overall vision for the kitchen. 

Are white kitchens out of style 2023?

White kitchen cabinets continue to stay in style for 2023, but leaning much more on the creamy and off whites and away from vibrant whites. White kitchen cabinets help brighten up a space and create a more open feel if the floor plan is tight. Some home floor plans, can design the  kitchen in the center of a home away from windows. A solid white cabinet color is a welcoming contrast to the stained wood fashions of the early 2000’s. Homeowners who are hesitant of going all white can play with a two-tone look, or should consider an off white color to compliment whatever cool or warm tones they are trying to accomplish. 

Forbes magazine is hoping that this year, the homeowners will consider taking risks with darker colors like blacks, greens, and merlots, believing that the richness of those colors will bring more personality to the space. We love to create outside the box, and it’s not for every home, but those who have massive kitchens that overwhelm, these colors can really help cozy up the space.

What color kitchen has the best resale value?

White colored kitchens have the best resale value as they are the most versatile color when trying to sell a home, particularly in the Central Florida market. The color cuts away any personality that may clash with potential buyers and allows them to easily slip in their own imagination of living in the space. White kitchen cabinets are clean, bright, and modern, remaining a staple choice if someone is unsure how to update their kitchen space. 

What countertops are in style 2023?

Quartz countertops remain the popular choice going into 2023. The custom colors and veins that can be added to the stone are a terrific way of rethinking introducing colors to the kitchen. The stone is incredibly durable and doesn’t stain like marble. They’re built to last for years and can be recyclable when it’s time to change them out. Resurrect Wood Refinishing is proud to custom glaze kitchen cabinets to match any vein or countertop stone. 



How much does it cost to refinish a cabinet?

Refinishing kitchen cabinets is aimed to be one third the cost of purchasing and installing new kitchen cabinets. Refinishing kitchen cabinets is becoming a much more valuable option than purchasing new cabinets, especially since many of the products sold in Big Box Home Improvement stores today are made of veneer, MDF, or laminate.  Resurrect Wood Refinishing provides free, in-person estimates. 

Can I refinish cabinets myself?

Refinishing kitchen cabinets is not an easy endeavor despite what many Do-it-Yourself blogs try to advocate. Resurrect Wood Refinishing has had several jobs in the past year which focused on fixing unfortunate mistakes by the homeowners who were misled by an online video. Experimenting and understanding the product takes time, and the technique to apply a factory finish requires equipment most homeowners do not have access to. It is not recommended that kitchen cabinets be refinished by yourself. 

Is it cheaper to paint or refinish kitchen cabinets?

It is cheaper to paint kitchen cabinets because the product is low quality. Refinishing cabinets uses high quality water-based finish that is designed to last for the lifetime of the cabinets. Many paint products advertised for cabinets are heavily glossed and always chip and peel in just a few years. 

What is the fastest way to refinish cabinets?

The fastest way to refinish kitchen cabinets is to call Resurrect Wood Refinishing at (407) 744-3568. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Most kitchen cabinets can be refinished in as few as three to four business days. The homeowner can keep the majority of their items in the cabinet for fast clean up and can expect their kitchen ready for use once installation is complete. 



What is the cheapest quality kitchen cabinet?

In most cases, inexpensive kitchen cabinets are going to be made out of MDF with a veneer covering. MDF is made out of shredded pieces of wood that have been glued together and pressed to create a solid board. It is then covered in a paper veneer piece. Some are made with wood veneer,which is a thinly sliced piece of wood board which can be made out of any wood like oak, maple, pine, etc. These types of cabinets are commonly sold in Big Box Home Improvement stores and are advertised as plywood or veneer wood. 

The second type of low quality kitchen cabinets is going to be laminate and thermofoil. Laminate and thermofoil cabinets are made out of a plastic like material similar to non stone counter tops. The difference in their name is because of the technique used to create them. They are composed of an MDF material as well, but instead of a veneer coating, Laminate cabinets have a plastic coating that is glued on. Thermofoil cabinets use a similar plastic coating, except it is heated at a high temperature and wrapped around the MDF board, making them a little more durable than standard laminate cabinets, and allowing for bevels and more interesting profiles than just a slab style cabinet door.

These cabinets are not necessarily the least expensive in price, which is why it is all the more reason to consider refinishing existing kitchen cabinets. Solid wood cabinets are becoming very rare in newly constructed homes. Please consider saving your cabinets. Even if you hate the style, the doors can be changed to something in a completely new style and you could save the solid wood boxes and frames from a landfill and from you needing new cabinets again in just five years from MDF wearing out.

What is the most durable material for kitchen cabinets?

The most durable material for kitchen cabinets is solid wood. According to a research paper done by Oregon State, wood “is a natural polymer consisting primarily of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin in a matrix that provides structural support to the living tree and some resistance against microbial attack.” These cell walls are incredibly tough and remain bonded even when the tree is cut. This bonding makes wood durable for furniture use and has a natural resistance to decay under normal circumstances.  

What is the average life of kitchen cabinets?

The average lifespan of kitchen cabinets made of natural wood is a minimum of 30 years. Consistent cleaning and the occasional restoration and refinishing of wooden cabinets can expand their life into multiple generations. Unfortunately, the average lifespan of cheaper materials like laminate and veneer cabinets are only about 5-10 years. Normal use wears down the thin layer of veneer that covers the MDF underneath, and frequent exposure to steam and humidity can unglue the laminate. 

What kind of kitchen cabinets are easiest to clean?

Laminate and thermofoil cabinets are advertised as being the easiest to clean because they are made of plastic. However, Resurrect Wood Refinishing uses a final clear coat that is just as effective in making cleaning quick and easy. The product Resurrect Wood Refinishing uses for kitchen cabinets allows homeowners to wipe surfaces down with a damp microfiber and a small dose of mild dish detergent. 

Turning Laminate Cabinets into Stained Wood

Laminate kitchen cabinets have often been a problem when a client is wanting to introduce a wood stained look. That plastic thermofoil white, common to most Florida homes, prevents anything else but a solid colored finish because of the material. It is even more frustrating when the cabinetry is in great condition, yet every option seems to point to an expensive demolition and re-installation. HGTV reported that last year the cost of just raw wood cabinets–not the labor, hardware, or coloring–ranged between $500-$1,200 per linear foot. The average turnaround for a kitchen cabinet project is about four to six months, and without any access to cooking for the majority of the time, that becomes quite a lot for just a colored stain. 

Resurrect Wood Refinishing is capable of imitating a stain appearance for any laminate cabinetry that is in good condition. How? Call now and ask about faux grain finishing!

Are the cabinets laminate or wood?

Identifying the material of existing cabinetry is important in understanding the value from a project investment standpoint. The cost of a laminate wrapped MDF cabinet is going to be different than the price of a solid cabinet made from walnut or maple. Typically, thermofoil and laminate cabinets are the cheapest, especially when purchasing from Big Box Home Improvement Stores. To date, a laminate bathroom vanity is going to be about $130-$175 while one constructed of maple (Just the doors and face) is going to be closer to $600-$800.  That is a significant jump in cost if the goal of the project is to simply introduce a stained look into the room. 

A cabinet constructed of laminate is always going to be smooth. It will look and feel like plastic and won’t have any wood grain. If damaged, it will peel or chip off from the MDF plywood underneath. A representative of Resurrect Wood Refinishing is able to provide a free estimate for clients who are unsure.

What if the laminate on the cabinet is peeling on the side or toe kicks?

Thankfully, most peeling is a cosmetic fault from wear, humidity, cooking, or light water damage, and can be easily repairable during a transition from a solid color to a stained wood. These are not indicators of structural damage and there is no reason for demolishing and purchasing new cabinets. 

Resurrect Wood Refinishing is able to fix the sides of the cabinets, the toe kicks, and any other accessory pieces like crown molding, matching them to the new overhaul of a stained look. If any of the doors are damaged, new doors may need to be considered if the budget allows for it. The turnaround time and cost is at least half the price of new cabinets and options can be provided upon request.

What techniques does Resurrect Wood Refinishing offer for a stained wood look?

Resurrect Wood Refinishing is able to meet any color request since the product applied is custom tinted. Techniques range from a solid color to stain or faux graining painting techniques. Ever wonder how TV sets are built so quickly with all those wood finishes? They aren’t real wood, they are very skilled artists. We have one of those! Any wood can be replicated in this technique, making laminate cabinets look like a red-toned Maple to a cool, espresso colored Walnut. Please check the portfolio on the main page for more examples or reach out to a representative at (407) 744-3568.

Should I Do Countertops Before Refinishing Cabinets?

In our experience, there has never been an issue with refinishing cabinets before or after new countertops are installed. The right countertop professional will be able to take their measurements, cut the stone, unglue the old countertop, and slide the new one perfectly in its place. This makes refinishing cabinets perfectly flexible especially when countertop vendors are booked out weeks in advance. 

The only exception to this rule would be if there was any demolishing or expanding of sections in the kitchen that interrupts the cabinets. For example, if a kitchen sink was being replaced with a large farmhouse sink that dips into the cabinetry, we would then need to wait until those renovations are complete before we refinish. The countertop specialist is likely going to saw off a small section of the lower cabinets to make room for the new sink. 

How do you prep a countertop for a cabinet refinish?

Preparation for refinishing is very easy and Resurrect Wood Refinishing provides clients with a checklist to assist them in case anything is forgotten. All items on countertops need to be removed. Everything can stay within the cabinets for the most part, we just require about 2” of space to tape paper inside the face frame. We cover all the floors, countertops, appliances, and adjacent walls with paper and plastic, so a customer does not have to worry about overspray. It is very easy to prepare countertops before a cabinet refinishing project. 

What should I pick first in kitchen remodel?

The only item in a kitchen remodel that may need to go first is the floors. If the floor is being ripped out and replaced, that must be taken care of before anything else. The demolition process can damage the bottom trim and toe kicks of the cabinets as well as the surrounding drywall. However even in this case we can always come out and touch up anything that may have been affected. We remain as flexible as possible, since we are often the only contractors who stick with a set schedule. We will make it work!

There is a rise in vinyl floor planks that cover the existing layout. If you are considering this option, then the remodeling process can be done in any order, as the new flooring will not affect the surrounding surfaces.

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

Replacing cabinets with new is the most expensive part of any kitchen remodel. A standard 10 x 10 kitchen can be about $8,000-$12,000 for a basic plan with MDF cabinetry. Refinishing cabinets can cut this cost to a ⅓, turning what would have been the most expensive add-on to one of the cheapest. Refinishing not only preserves what is already there, and cuts labor costs down to 3-4 business days, but also minimizes unforeseen costs such as rewiring electrical, structural issues, drywall damage, or other plumbing issues one could discover in the middle of a total cabinet replacement project. 

Resurrect Wood Refinishing has designed its process to work within the home while it’s occupied. We hire skilled tradesmen only, they are all background checked, drug tested, and fully licensed and insured. We never hire any additional sub-contractors, helping us to keep our customer service quality at its highest. We strive to make your experience with our company the easiest,  most affordable and best part of your kitchen remodel project.

What is Cabinet Refinishing?

Cabinet Refinishing refers to the process of repairing and re-applying a coat of finish to the existing finish. It is a much more durable process than painting, and does not require any sanding or harsh chemical stripping. The base chemical of the product used in refinishing is called a polyurethane acrylic. It is a tintable, water-based, non-toxic solution which can be mixed to look like any paint color or stain. It is higher quality than any paint that can be purchased at a store, and the products Resurrect Wood Refinishing use, are the best from vendors selected through years of experience. 

The goal of cabinet refinishing is to restore the wood to appear as close to a factory finish condition as possible. This process restarts the shelf life of the cabinets, proving to be a valuable investment when compared to ripping out and purchasing new cabinets, and has made painting cabinets a often outdated practice.

What is the difference between painting and refinishing cabinets?

The difference between painting and refinishing is the product. Both processes require heavy masking and preparation, which involve covering every visible surface that is not being addressed. Resurrect Wood Refinishing sprays their product in order to create an even, balanced, clean look. Unlike paint, the water-based solution that is used in refinishing is odorless and non-toxic. The polyurethane acrylic is water soluble while maintaining high pigmentation, giving control of it’s thickness to Resurrect technician’s. Thus allowing plenty of control in application, and preventing the occurrence of paint clumps or drips due to overspraying or thickened paint. 

In general most painted cabinet applications only last 2-3 years until chipping, cracking, and peeling begins, whereas refinished cabinets can last as long as the life of the cabinets themselves under normal wear and tear. The poly acrylic however, is designed to bond with the organic nature of wood. 

How do you make old wood cabinets look modern?

Real wood cabinets are becoming obsolete to the average buyer as prices of materials continue to increase since the pandemic. Lumber has increased 288% since 2019. When we think of Modern and updated, we sometimes pigeon hole our minds into thinking new, but the reality of the quality of new is just nowhere near what you likely already have. Chances are your cabinets just look “old”, due to years of grime, oil build up, and fading finish or outdated profiles and color. The truth of the matter is that solid wooden cabinetry can last many decades, and even though the finish may have dulled out, the structural integrity is still strong. It is a craftsmanship that is unfortunately being replaced by laminate or cheap MDF alternatives, that can be bought at Big Box Home Improvement Stores. 

Right now in the Florida Market, builders are making significant savings by selling these poorer products to customers than investing in wood. That is why refinishing is a more valuable service than ever before. Many of the customers that reach out to Resurrect Wood Refinishing still have oak or maple cabinets. A thorough cleaning and refinishing can modernize any old looking cabinet. A change of color to the finish can suddenly make those 30 year-old cabinets look incredibly sleek and stylish, with added durability to last. And if you really just hate the style, consider ordering new doors in our redooring service. That is one fast way to make those cabinets look like what’s new and in style without the price tag and lower quality of new cabinets. Plus, if one decides to sell the home, having genuine wood cabinets is going to raise the overall value, returning your investment with profit.

Is it cheaper to buy new cabinets or refinish?

While the product price for new cabinets have gone down by using cheaper material, the labor to install them has remained the same: expensive and prone to many upcharges. A person may find affordable new MDF cabinets online, but whether or not plumbing or electrical issues arise can only be discovered in the middle of a project after the contract is signed. These new charges will be added to the final bill and the cheap DIY project has now turned into a major investment with no profitable return due to the cheap quality product.

Whether the prospective new cabinets are of excellent or poor quality, refinishing will always be the cheaper alternative to installing new cabinets. It is a process not only designed to rejuvenate what is already there for ⅓ of the cost, but refreshes the space and creates a lasting impression that our work is original to the home. 

Can I just change cabinet doors?

Changing cabinet doors is certainly an option and a service we provide. Resurrect Wood Refinishing is able to provide clients with any style they desire in addition to coloring and glazing, all without ripping apart a single cabinet box. While replacing the cabinet doors bumps up the budget a couple thousand dollars from a standard color change refinish, customers can look forward to significant savings by pursuing new, solid wood doors over risking the disaster that can come from installing new cabinets. If the structure is sound and the original layout is pleasing, refinishing and purchasing new doors is definitely the way to go. 

How much does it cost to replace cabinets?

Remodeling kitchens are one of the most expensive investments in the life of a homeowner. The kitchen is a valuable space. It serves not only for the practical function of cooking and serving, but as the catering centerpiece in many homes. Traditionally, the dining room or living room was separate when entertaining guests. The trend in the past decade has been to open the space, blending the living room and kitchen together as the focal point to any occasion. This has made cabinets much more desirable ascetically, which is why Resurrect Wood Refinishing has been determined to provide a durable and cosmetic overhaul without needing to replace cabinets completely. 

Based on a Big Box Home Improvement store estimate calculator (which does not include the hidden upcharges), a standard 10 x 10 L-shaped kitchen is going to be approximately $7,100-$8,900 to demo and install new cabinets. This number is for their “basic” cabinet boxes, which are described as “furniture board construction.” This is a thin MDF board with a maple veneer glued on top to mimic the appearance of wood veneer. It is essentially a sticker. It is not real solid wood and incredibly weak against accidents in the kitchen, sagging from weight, and peeling from the Florida humidity. Most importantly you can only construct with them one time. You have one chance to drill a screw in and that’s it. You can never upgrade them, never redoor them, likely any changes at all will require ripping out again and replacing. The quote for this style of cabinet is only 30” tall and includes basic hinges. Handles are not included in this price and it must be stressed that any plumbing or electrical problems that are discovered during installation will be costly as well as wallboard damage, exposing old broken tiles or backsplash etc.

Working with the same layout, their most expensive offering is going to be approximately $17,000-$21,300. This price increase is only because of decorative trim options and not genuine quality material. The boxes are now plywood with a maple veneer glued on top. They are still not real wood cabinet boxes and suffer the same risks as described with the basic tier format. The hinges have been upgraded to soft-close and the cabinet boxes extend to the ceiling. The cabinet doors may appear stylish, but it’s likely the center panel is thin MDF. These small differences are not worth the $10,000 price difference, especially considering that the material and construction is essentially the same.

Is it hard to install cabinets?

Installing cabinets is difficult work, which is why it is the majority of cost when considering new cabinets. Do not be fooled by the seemingly good price on a major retailer’s site. Those veneer cabinet boxes are just the material cost and do not advertise the installation price until the contract is finalized. Resurrect Wood Refinishing has mastered not only refinishing any type of wood, but provides a Re-Door option to convert to real wood doors. This option will save homeowners thousands of dollars by preserving the existing cabinetry while delivering a fresh new look. There is no reason to install new cabinets unless the boxes are falling apart from the wall, and even that may be able to be repaired with the right carpenter.

Why are cabinets so expensive?

Cabinets are expensive because they are one of the few items that cannot be mass produced at a high quality. Big Box Home Improvement Stores have figured out a way to replicate the look of quality cabinets without the actual integrity. There have been multiple instances where a customer has been frustrated because their new cabinets built in 2019 are worse than the oak cabinets they had in their old home from 2005. Quality cabinets require genuine craftsmanship. If there is a decrease in the available labor, it will affect the current market. 

Is it better to Refinish than Replace?

The best value for refinishing cabinets is that it is consistently ⅓  the cost of replacing cabinets. The best incentive for refinishing is that if the existing cabinets are of great quality our price is going to remain the same. Where retailers will upcharge $10,000 from cheap MDF to less cheap plywood, our refinishing quote will stay true to the essential charges of quality product and labor. The small investment in refinishing can majorly impact the total value of a home as we can make cabinets look brand new again.

Is an Interior Designer Worth it?

Interior designers are competing more than ever with the vast amount of home decor channels, retail stores, pinterest, DIY YouTube videos, and other resources available at the fingertips of every consumer. It is a skill that is easily neglected in the remodeling process because it can be devalued in comparison to other required expenses in the budget. Yet we here at Resurrect Wood Refinishing have fielded more than a few panicked, night before a project, text or call from a client second-guessing their shade of white.

So is an interior designer worth it?

The goal of interior design is to maintain vision. It is the ability to capture and unify personalities, taste, and artistic concepts in a home. Interior designers work with clients to incorporate what is unique about themselves and replicate it throughout their living environment. An interior designer is able to identify the underlying theme of a room and introduce new ideas that will make sense to anyone who walks into it. That shade of white could be the difference between being a cool addition to the kitchen or getting lost in the bland walls around it. Only an experienced eye can tell the difference.

Is it better to hire an interior designer or do it yourself?

Are you able to visualize a remodel without seeing it? Do you have a background in creating with color? Can you visualize the completed color based on a small swatch? Are you experienced in spacial reasoning and scale? If the answers to these questions are all no, it’s likely worth it to hire a professional. Hiring an interior designer is a great way to gauge the completed project before the investment. If you are only focusing on one small aspect of a renovation, you may be able to get away with it yourself. If you begin introducing new ideas like countertops, walls, accessories–all those things begin to create a big project where every detail can make or break the final impression of the work. Scale and color are so important, and often done incorrectly. The proper use of these two things together can make or break a professional from an amateur design. Most importantly, interior designers are up to date with the latest trends and projected styles. This is an important aspect when considering how best to design the home for resale. 

Resurrect Wood Refinishing’s main business is rejuvenating kitchen cabinets. We’ve recognized the importance of this part of the home as it typically serves as the centerpiece of day-to-day living. Through experience, we have encouraged customers to consult an interior designer, which is why we’ve begun offering the service.

How much should I expect to pay for an interior designer?

Interior designers can charge up to $2,000 for consulting an average sized project. They are valuable for assisting with every intricate detail and lining up recommendations for professionals to execute the vision. Since most of our customers are only wanting to focus on small parts of their home, we have begun offering our own interior design consultation for a $300 rate. Partnering up with a professional designer with over 30 years of experience, our price includes up to two hours of consultation with a sample door of whatever color is decided for the cabinetry. Our designer is more than capable of assisting with other areas of the home and is able to provide a full day service if requested. This could include selecting stone for countertops, floors, wall patterns, and anything else to help unify the desired theme. 

It is our great joy to polish and discover creative ideas within projects. We hope you will consider our interior design service as an added bonus to our experience in cabinet refinishing.

How to find a kitchen cabinet painter?

Finding a cabinet painter or refinisher can be difficult. Even in this technological age, good craftsmen are hard to find. It requires personal experience in the field of home renovation to recognize who stands by their word and who is a scam. Many customers have difficulty with hiring painters, when there is little way to vette professionals. It can be hard to tell by an online presence if they are an established company or not. We have come behind cheaper bids to fix their work more times than we can count. If you are looking for a contractor and one bid is 10-20% less than all the other bids. Beware. This is a good indication that there is a reason they are so much less. The work will reflect it. 

On the other hand if a bid is 10-20% higher than the rest, it is okay to ask why. There is always a reason for why your bid is where it is. I have found people generally don’t mind paying for higher quality. Ask about the process, the staff, the experience, the warranty, license and insurance. Most companies have set their margins to reflect their costs. Higher quality products and knowledgeable staffing requires higher costs. In my opinion it’s worth it to make it last. 

Do painted cabinets look cheap?

There is nothing more heartbreaking than to arrive on a jobsite and see that a customer has attempted to paint their own cabinets. Paint is uneven, and is fragile to chipping and peeling, especially in a high traffic environment like a kitchen. Painting does not adhere to the original finish like a finishing product does. It looks caked on and does not look original to the cabinetry. Painting cabinets is a very outdated service with today’s revolutionary refinishing methods. The big risk with painting cabinets is that the homeowner needs to change the color after painting.  For instance in the event of needing to sell the home, they would either have to spend unnecessary money on new cabinets or, sand off the paint and start from scratch. This sanding process is a waste of  time and money, and does not guarantee good results because it is based on the level of practice of the hired worker. 

Refinishing is not just a great investment because it looks stylish and sleek, it’s a fantastic service because it offers the flexibility for the homeowner to change their color in the future, all the while continuing to preserve their excellent cabinetry. 

What happens if you don’t sand before painting?

If you don’t sand before painting you will be sure to find chipping and peeling after the job is done. Preparation of the surface is critical for a smooth operation, which is why we at Resurrect Wood Refinishing dedicate the entire first day of the project to masking and preparing. In the past, painters sanded cabinets because their paint did not adhere to the original finish on the cabinets. They needed to give the original finish a “tooth” or grit to it for proper adhesion. Our product bonds chemically, so no sanding is required. Instead, we focus on cleaning the surface of grease, oil, and other impurities. This saves you time and money and a big mess, for an unnecessary extra step.

Is it Hard to Paint Cabinets?

Resurrect Wood Refinishing is a cabinet renovation business dedicated to rejuvenating cabinets with the most up to date process called “Refinishing.” Painting of any kind for your cabinets is not recommended, as anything bought from a store is not designed for a factory finished look. That being said, the process and application of painting is similar to refinishing, which is why we feel confident to answer the following common questions from customers.

Painting cabinets is a very tedious and detail orientated job. We have personally met professional painters who have referred us to customers simply because the job is too daunting for their own crew. So if you are someone who has seen a DIY YouTube video and think you’re up to the task, beware. Painting cabinets by yourself may seem approachable on paper, but one misstep can  ruin your expensive cabinets. There are some key things to educate yourself in, if you’ve decided to try it yourself.

Know what kind of wood/surface you are working with. Not all wood is alike. They all have some quirks unique to the breed. Research on how to properly clean and prep the surface. Not all cleaning products that are designed for wood have the correct ph levels or are complementary to oil enamels or water based paints. Many use wax or acidic oils that need to be neutralized before prepping in your primer coats. Remove hardware and know the measurement of overlay of the hinges in the case of broken or worn out hinges. Have a temperature, humidity controlled area to work in. Remember to include all paper, tape, applicators, gloves, and other tools into your budget. If applying by hand, even following all the guidance you can find on the internet, it will still look hand applied. Consider renting a spraying rig, and remember to purchase all protection and filters for dust in your house. You will likely spend between $1000- $2500 doing the job yourself, and it will likely take you 7 days to 3 weeks to complete properly.

Is painting kitchen cabinets a good idea?

Painting kitchen cabinets in general is not a good idea. We excel in a process called “Refinishing,” which is a more innovative approach to updating existing cabinetry. The key difference is the product we use. Our proprietary blend of polyurethane acrylic adheres to the existing finish on cabinets. It is thin, durable, and odorless, leaving a factory finish that looks as if the cabinets always were that way. It is also water soluble and environmentally friendly. We are able to tint it to any stain or solid color upon request. In our experience we are hired often to fix DIY work. There are some things in life worth hiring out. We think our level of expertise can make all the difference. 

What is the average cost to paint kitchen cabinets?

The average cost to hire a painter for your kitchen cabinets is usually about $100-$120 per surface area. Refinishing is only a little more expensive than that since the equipment and product we use is much more valuable. It’s always discouraging to see customer’s take a bid from a general painter when the price difference is only a couple hundred bucks compared to the scope of the project. It may seem like a good deal, however in the long run the product isn’t as durable and won’t have the longevity a higher quality refinish would.  Many general painters do not focus exclusively on repainting cabinets. Resurrect Wood Refinishing is dedicated only to refinishing woodwork, which is why we are so confident and proud of our quality service.

Is it hard to paint your own kitchen cabinets?

Painting or refinishing cabinets can be an overwhelming endeavor if not managed by practiced hands. That is one of the main reasons we have managed to dedicate a business to just that service. There are a lot of factors to consider when painting or refinishing cabinets. Surrounding areas need to be masked, the surface has to be properly prepared, and air quality must be regulated, and the list goes on..

Mistakes can happen. It is crucial to make sure the right product is being used for the right circumstances. This is why we hope you will trust our knowledge in the field. 

Is it expensive to refinish my cabinets?

Before refinishing, homeowners really only had two options for cabinet renovations: re-painting or remodeling. Painting was a cheap bandage and remodeling burned wallets.

Refinishing was revolutionary, because it sits perfectly in the middle between the two options. The goal of refinishing is to help rejuvenate and restore without leaving any drips, brush strokes, odors, or any other side effects that painting causes. Refinishing provides as close to a factory finish as is humanly possible. It creates a stellar impression, making the new color selection look original to the home. That is why it’s only a little more expensive than “Joe’s Paint shop,” and significantly cheaper than a complete cabinet demolition. Our business model is consistent in pricing at  ⅓ the cost of purchasing and installing new cabinets. It’s the perfect investment for your flip or your forever home.

How much does it cost to have kitchen cabinets refinished?

An average kitchen, with 10×10 layout and 32” tall cabinets is generally quoted at about $2,500-$4,500 for refinishing. That estimate is for the front and back of the cabinet doors, the face frame of the cabinet boxes, side panels, and anything else that is in the original finish. Refinishing is designed to fit perfectly at the ⅓ cost price range from a complete cabinet renovation. It preserves the existing wood and layout while updating the design, tone, color and atmosphere of a kitchen, which is what most customers typically desire when considering an update.

Is it cheaper to refinish or replace cabinets?

It is significantly cheaper to refinish cabinets than it is to replace them. Wood cabinets rarely need to be replaced. Real wood cabinets are getting so rare. Our society is moving more and more to disposable furnishing. They simply aren’t making solid wood cabinets affordable anymore. Solid wood cabinets are the highest durability surface in a kitchen you can have. PLEASE DON’T THROW THEM IN A LANDFILL! It’s valuable and can last decades, which is why many builders are pushing for cheaper alternatives. If you have wood cabinets and just dislike the style or color, refinishing is definitely the way to go. With today’s lumber prices going up, it’s going to be best to hold on to what you’ve already got. There are exceptions in the case of deteriorating surfaces due to moisture that may cause swelling or damage. 

How much does it cost to sand and repaint kitchen cabinets?

Sanding and repainting cabinets are typically the same price as refinishing. Generally painting companies just paint. Many won’t do necessary sanding because of extra labor and material costs.  If your cabinets need to be sanded but you’ve received a quote to only paint them, be careful. The final result may look rough, uneven, or caked on the surfaces of your cabinets. If you are bid for sanding, you may want to consider our Re-Door service. Re-Dooring is the process of buying new cabinet doors. If you’re already going to invest so much into an in-between service, it may be worth it to invest the extra money for new doors and provide an opportunity for a whole new design. You can take a Standard Oak kitchen, re-door with full overlay Shaker in maple and the cabinets look completely new. New raw doors are guaranteed to look flawless. Add some of our tinted finish to it and it will appear as if your cabinets were brand new. 

What is Cabinet Glazing?

Cabinet glazing refers to the technique of applying a color accent onto a base color. It is typically applied by a hand, making it custom and unique in every project. Glazing is generally added to the millwork of cabinet doors, panels, crown molding–anything and everything with grooves, bevels, and intentional indentation. Glazing is a great way to personalize your cabinets and can accommodate many designs.

Resurrect Wood Refinishing offers a custom glazing service that can be tweaked and adjusted to each client’s desired aesthetic. The three main styles we have been able to categorize are called Neat Glazing, Full Body Glazing, and Farmhouse Faux Grain Glazing. Neat Glazing or “Pin glaze / PinStripe Glaze” as some call it, is a technique where a technician uses a thin paint brush to add crisp, straight lines. It serves as a great way to accentuate shadows and profiles.

pinstripe kitchen cabinets

Full Body Glazing is a wipe-on-wipe-off technique. Glaze is liberally applied across the millwork, into all the corners and crevices,  and then wiped off and cleaned up. The base and accent colors are blended better together since the lines are not as precise and even. This creates a rustic and antique appearance. This technique can be as subtle or dramatic as the client likes. Offering a softness and warmth to millwork, or really getting the drama out of the profiles in greater contrast approaches.

pinstripe kitchen cabinets
pinstripe kitchen cabinets

Farm Faux Grain Glazing is our newest technique. As the name suggests, the goal of this style is to mimic modern wood veneer patterns. (think variable gray woodgrain) The technician wipes glaze across the center panel, stiles, and rails in consistent vertical and horizontal lines in multiple shades. Then a final coat of blending and sealing makes for a beautiful final product.

pinstripe kitchen cabinets

Should I Glaze my Cabinets?

Glazing is a great way to personalize your cabinets and tie together countertops, floors, backsplashes, and even adjacent rooms. It does not suit every design vision, but really adds a custom “Wow” factor. Increasing the “factory finish” look, with this technique, no one would ever guess it was a refinish.  Resurrect Wood Refinishing offers Interior Design Services, so feel free to inquire for additional assistance with whether or not glazing is the right fit for your cabinetry. 

How do you apply glaze to cabinets?

Glazing is applied on top of the base color before the final clear coat is added. It is a water-based pigment that can be easily applied and removed. It is a very viscous product, so the steadiest of hands is required to achieve uniformity in the final result. That is why nearly all  (PinStripe Cabinets) (Pin Glaze) glazed cabinets sold in retail kitchen remodeling stores are done by factory application. Resurrect Wood Refinishing is proud to not only have mastered the technique in so many forms but is able to accommodate any vision and style. Our Artist personally glazes every project. With a background and degree in Fine Arts and 30 years experience in painting and color, together with you, she will accomplish your vision. 

Are glazed cabinets out of style 2021?

Glazed cabinets are more fashionable than ever before, with our newest Farm Faux Grain Glazing being inspired from last year’s trend. We are seeing less of the bolder contrast glazes, but the low contrast approaches are really gaining steam. Right now there is a great focus on warmth, rustic, and multi color accents in the kitchen. That being said, all it takes is a different color combination of cooler tones to transform glazing from French Country to New York sleek. We are seeing some traditional designers using glazing to create applique designs or patterns. (we can do that too!) This is not for every project but can be great for hiding damage, or adding some texture to the back wall of a glass door cabinet.

PinStripe Cabinets
PinStripe Cabinets
PinStripe Cabinets

How much does it cost to paint cabinets?

Resurrect Wood Refinishing is a wood refinishing company, not a painting company. Our technique is much more thorough than painting, our product is durable, odorless, and as close to a factory finished look as possible. We use a proprietary blend based on a polyurethane acrylic that is selected from choice vendors. Think water based lacquer finish. That all being said, we understand the confusion with painting versus refinishing and hope that this blog post will clarify the common questions we receive.

With labor and product, the average cost to paint cabinets in the Orlando market is about $110-$120 per surface area. Painting may seem like the more affordable choice at first, professional painters charge a bit less than refinishing. However, with such a large difference in quality between refinishing and painting, we don’t think the small gap in price justifies the purchase. Most professional painters do not focus exclusively on cabinets. They apply the same techniques for walls, baseboards, and ceilings to wooden cabinets. Thus producing a quality that is less than desirable due to unconsidered factors like, type of wood, grain direction, and depp grease/oil stains.

Can you just paint over cabinets?

It is impossible to paint over cabinets if the expectation is anything but to look like painted-over-cabinets. Even with spraying techniques, the paint products are designed to be applied by hand, and in order to spray they have to thin the product, thus compromising the durability. If hand applied, latex and enamel paints clog up corners, leave thick brush strokes, and do not adhere to wood as well as our refinishing products do. Painters typically skip the important steps we use to prepare the wood surface. This neglect can risk what is called a “color bleed-through,” where the old color and stain appear through the new coat of paint. In most situations, professional painters who do not specialize in cabinet refinishing will just keep applying paint as a solution to bleed-throughs, creating thicker coats. The result in the end product looks less like a factory finish and more like painted cabinets.

Many professional painters will apply generous amounts of gloss finish, at the end of their cabinet service, suggesting this as an alternative for refinishing. We applaud the effort but the poly coats are generally too thick, and leave bubbles and a rough feel.

Is it better to spray paint or brush cabinets?

We prefer spraying over brushing. Spraying our refinishing product helps maintain even coats without any risk of brush strokes. It allows our technicians to evaluate every situation on an as-needed basis, as different types of wood require different amounts of coatings. This attention minimizes unnecessary labor time and cost to the customer. 

How long do professionally painted cabinets last?

In addition to looking less than desirable, professionally painted cabinets only last about 2-5 years before requiring another coat of paint. They are subject to chipping and peeling and most painting companies do not offer a touch up service. 

Depending on the homeowner, refinished cabinets can last the life of the cabinets themselves. Keeping up with cleaning and after care helps ensure our product to last for years without needing any additional work. Our product is water-based, meaning mild dish soap and water can be used for all clean ups. 

Is it cheaper to refinish/”paint” or replace kitchen cabinets?

The goal of refinishing is to save customer’s a third of the cost of replacing their cabinets completely. Resurrect Wood Refinishing aims to preserve the existing cabinetry by applying a new coat of finish and also changing the color if desired. Many times customers are perfectly fine with the layout of their cabinets. Their cabinet boxes are in great shape and they do not mind the style of their cabinet doors. If this sounds like you then we encourage you to contact us for an in-person estimate. It’s getting harder and harder to buy wood cabinets without the hefty price tag, so why not just update what you already have?

Can You Repair Peeling Thermofoil Cabinets?

You may be able to reglue one or two sections, but once the laminate layer has pulled off from the MDF, the thermofoil cabinet is exposed to humidity and the swelling breakdown of the structure begins.

Thermofoil cabinets are designed as a laminate that has been heated to shrink-wrap over an MDF core panel. This pressured bonding is fantastic and serves well for the limited years. Yet thermofoil cabinets are designed to be disposable. They make a great selling point for a quick and affordable modern appearance, but they do not last, especially in the Florida humidity. 

In most scenarios, thermofoil doors peel much more quickly than cabinet boxes. If the boxes are in good condition, then we recommend replacing the thermofoil doors with wooden doors. We recommend wooden doors because wooden doors will never have to be replaced if cared for under normal use. Resurrect Wood Refinishing offers a door replacement service that still preserves the existing cabinetry. Our refinishing product adheres to laminate, so we have the ability to replace the doors, color them, and match your current cabinet boxes. In basic terms, the answer is no, you cannot repair peeling thermofoil cabinets.

Can Thermofoil cabinets be refaced?

Absolutely. While it may be unfortunate that your thermofoil cabinet doors are peeling, in most scenarios the cabinet boxes are untouched and last much longer. Our kitchen cabinet re-door service provides customers the opportunity to replace their thermofoil cabinet doors with wood doors. We recommend wooden doors to prevent future replacement. We can choose from any design, as all of our doors are produced from a custom carpenter. Once the color and door are selected, we can preserve the existing cabinet box to match the new design. 

Why are my bathroom and kitchen thermofoil cabinets peeling?

Your bathroom and kitchen cabinets are most likely peeling due to humidity. Coffee makers, dishwashers, shower heads, and anything else that produces high steam in a close range to your cabinet, can cause slight lifting to the glue on the edges of the thermofoil layer. This trapped water lifts the bonding between the laminate layer and the MDF core which begins the dreaded “peeling,” process. Additionally, if your cabinets do not have any handles, high-traffic use of opening and closing your cabinet doors on the corners can also increase the risk for damage in those sections.

How long do Thermofoil cabinets last?

Most vendors only guarantee their thermofoil cabinets for a year. Anything beyond a year is subjected to “manufacturer fault,” which does not cover peeling or damage due to elements like humidity or normal use. 

Outside of warranty, thermofoil cabinets are expected to last up to five to ten years when cared for properly. That isn’t to say that small sections may start to peel or chip sooner. It must be advised that while thermofoil cabinets may be a solution for a budget-conscious decision, the investment is temporary and will need to be redone down the road.

Are Thermofoil cabinets cheaper than wood?
The raw price of thermofoil cabinets is more expensive than wood. Builders are able to sell them at a cheaper price because the laminate is already finished. The only reason wooden cabinets seem more expensive is because they have to be finished with a stain or solid color, which is an added service. This can deter customers because when compared by prices, thermofoil cabinets definitely seem more appealing. The problem is that thermofoil cabinets will always, at some point, need to be replaced. Wooden cabinets will never have to be replaced if taken care of. Consider replacing–not “repairing.”

What is crown molding?

Crown molding is a decorated millwork piece that is typically installed above interior walls, windows, doors, and most importantly, cabinets. There are many different styles of it that can be used in almost any space. Originally, crown molding was designed to cover gaps between the ceiling and walls. It is commonly identified by its S-shaped profile.

In ancient history, crown molding was used primarily by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans as a status symbol in their stonework. They were frequently placed above noble homes, temples, and governmental buildings as decorative pieces. The stonework in crown molding for these buildings would help accentuate shadows, emphasizing borders between vertical and horizontal sections. This added height, depth, and richness to the buildings. 

Through generations this style of decoration has remained popular, especially since it has become more accessible than ancient times. Whether your design goal is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, Resurrect Wood Refinishing offers a variety of standard and custom crown molding to help “top off” your cabinetry. 

What is the difference between crown molding and trim?

Crown molding refers specifically to decorative trim that is added to the top portions of a cabinet, door frame, window sill, or interior wall. Like a crown on top of a king’s head, it is a beautiful opportunity to add flare and dimension, adding height by encouraging the viewer to look up.

Trim in its own sense is anything that covers up a seam or gap. For example, if a contractor added a veneer panel to a water damaged side of a cabinet, he would then apply a trim piece to the border to cover up any staples, gaps, and other small faults. 

Is crown molding Still in Style 2020?

Crown molding is still in fashion because it serves as a great last touch to any cabinet refinishing project. It adds dimension, heightens the space, and has enough flare to make any “builder grade” cabinets look valuable. Resurrect Wood Refinishing can provide any crown molding to fit any type of style. American or Victorian woodwork never goes out of style, but today’s craftsmen are always keeping up with the times and can provide custom crown molding to help accompany a mid-century shaker or flat panel cabinet door.

Does crown molding add value?

Yes, crown molding has always served as a decorative piece and because of that it adds value. Its very word implies regality. Regardless of which style you choose, any type of crown molding that is added on top of a cabinet will add the impression that those cabinets are higher quality than the standard. 

What rooms should have crown molding?

Crown molding adds a classic and formal flare to the room. It is best used in areas that are entertaining guests. That is why Resurrect Wood Refinishing always recommends crown molding to kitchen cabinets since that is typically where food is served. That’s not to say that the master bathroom should be neglected either. If the space is tall enough and there are upper cabinets, then crown molding should definitely be considered. What better way for the King and Queen of their home than to not have their own private, crowned cabinets?

What’s the difference between refinishing and refacing cabinets?

The difference between refinishing and refacing is quite drastic, that we are always surprised that the terminology is still mixed up. Refinishing is taking the existing cabinetry and applying a new finish to the old finish. We offer three types of Refinishing/ Traditional, Solid Color, and Stain. Our Traditional Refinish is re-applying a new, clear coat, and correcting any color loss or fading  to refresh and reinvigorate the old stain. Our Solid Color and Stain services allow us to tint that new coat into any color the client selects. Please look through our services page for more details and pictures.

Refacing on the other hand involves re-applying new skins of laminate onto the existing cabinets. It’s a much more cost-intensive project and could be totally unnecessary if your cabinets qualify for Refinishing. Sometimes Refacing can be redefined as “Re-Dooring” which is buying new doors to put over your existing cabinet boxes. That is a service we offer if that is the end goal of the project.

Is it cheaper to refinish or reface kitchen cabinets?

It is much cheaper to refinish than to reface your kitchen cabinets. Whether you select new doors or new laminate, you are looking at about half the cost it would be to just buy new cabinets. Resurrect Wood Refinishing offers a first class service that aims to be ⅓ the cost it would be to purchase and install new cabinetry.  We do offer our Re-Door service, in which we order new doors in any material or style many times obtaining a drastic new look. While much more of an investment than a standard Refinishing service, it significantly increases the value of your home and kitchen. It is a service best recommended to the customer hoping to achieve a dream kitchen or trying to assist with selling their home. 

Is it better to reface or paint cabinets?

As discussed, there is a slight difference in terminology in the word “Refacing.” The professional verbiage for Refacing is applying a new skin of laminate over your existing cabinets. This is an incredibly expensive procedure and is something we do not recommend since there is no guarantee in the durability. Think sheets of plastic being glued over wood. It will eventually peel off and is not worth the cost in our opinion.

Painting is another service we do not recommend. While it may be cheaper than Refinishing, it is a service that ultimately does not look good on kitchen cabinets. Many painted cabinets have brush strokes or thick gloss. There are cracks and corners that build and bubble up, and you are certain to expect peeling, chipping, and cracking in only a couple years. Refinishing is designed to adhere to the existing finish, which creates an end product as close to a factory finish as humanly possible. It’s sleek, clean, and durable. Give us a call or check out our website for the differences between Refinishing and Painting.

Is it worth it to reface kitchen cabinets?

The only time it is worth Refacing your kitchen cabinets is if the term is being used to describe acquiring new doors, and if that’s the case, we call it “Re-Dooring.” The cost of the project is a little more expensive than a standard Refinish, but it significantly adds value to the project and provides a completely new look to your kitchen. If you are happy with the layout of your kitchen but want a new style, Re-Dooring may be what you are looking for.

Is it better to spray or roll kitchen cabinets?

Rolled cabinets will always look rolled. Rolling is time-intensive treatment and can leave brush strokes even when applied correctly. While there is leftover dust from spraying, the product we use at Resurrect Wood Refinishing is water-based and non-odorous. There is no overspray from the dust and our masking procedure protects everything inside the work zone. If dust is the only concern in moving forward with our Refinishing services, you may want to consider renting out one of our Air Scrubbers. We offer a three-fold HEPA filter Air Scrubber at a much lower cost than our competitors and it guarantees over 3/4 less dust at the end of the project than without. Ask one of our sales associates for details.

Is Reviving Better Than Refinishing?

We are seeing this terminology used in the market of “Reviving” instead of “Refinishing.” Product franchises are rebranding by selling their old oil based products. While it may be affordable to purchase their oil based products at a general hardware store, it must be heavily cautioned that oil based clear coats are just as bad and messy as oil based paint. The added gloss may appear to make the wood look rejuvenated, but the result is temporary. Dirt and grease gets trapped in these products and it takes harsh chemicals to reverse the damage.  Gloss does not help with the durability of your cabinets. We will be writing a future blog about the differences in glosses, but it must be stressed that whether you select a Satin, Gloss, or any other type of finish in between, it is purely aesthetic. 

At Resurrect Wood Refinishing, we use a water-based solution called a polyurethane acrylic. It is thin, odorless, and incredibly durable. Our techniques provide us the flexibility of offering our clients their choice of finish, without needing to add several thick layers of gloss.

Does refinishing an antique reduce the value?

Absolutely not. Old antique items are the perfect candidate for refinishing, and will be treated like royalty in the care of Resurrect’s technicians. Refinishing Antique items helps clean away grime, soot, dirt, grease, and oils that have built up over the years from use and exposure to the elements. Our non sanding process helps protect the profile and woodwork while our color correction helps us restore the original color when the piece was first made. This makes the item incredibly valuable with an added layer of durability and protection for the years to come. See our portfolio on our main website for a beautiful example of a recent antique fridge we’ve restored. 

Can you put polyurethane over Old English or Minwax?

The reason we caution against “Reviving” with oil based products is that our polyurethane acrylic cannot adhere to those chemicals. Many voices on the internet seem to argue that it will apply right over perfectly, but the problem is that there will certainly be chipping in the following months to come. If your cabinets have been covered in Old English or Minwax, fret not. Resurrect Wood Refinishing does offer a sanding service if our technicians think your project is salvageable. Please contact us with photos and any information on the oil-based coats used on your woodwork and we will be happy to offer solutions to restore and refinish.

How do you restore faded wood?

We restored faded wood by applying a new coat of polyurethane acrylic . If the goal of the project is to change the color to a solid color, then no other steps are required. The tint in our finish will be able to cover up any imperfections. 

However, if you are considering our Traditional or Staining services, the restoration is done by a process called Color Correction. After our technicians have cleaned and neutralized the surface, they use an assortment of natural wood colored pigments to help bring out the original color of the items. With enough balancing, Resurrect Wood Refinishing is able to add years back to faded sections in your woodwork.

How do you restore wood without sanding?

Resurrect Wood Refinishing uses its own proprietary solutions to help neutralize the surface rather than sanding it. We clean off grime, oils, grease, and other markings that may have gotten deep within the finish or grain. After scrubbing the surface of foreign elements, we neutralize it which prepares the wood to receive a new finish. That’s it! Our experts are happy to explain any questions you may have, but rest assured, there will be no heavy sawdust from extensive sanding in your home.

Is It Dangerous to Refinish Cabinets?

Depending on how you approach your cabinet refinishing project, most professionals offer a completely safe, dependable, and affordable process when refinishing your cabinets. Refinishing helps rejuvenate your wooden cabinets and preserves them for the years to come. When using the appropriate product, there are no dangerous risks to the quality of your cabinets, nor harmful exposures to you and your family if using the Resurrect product line. 

At Resurrect Wood Refinishing, we have triple checked our products and procedures to ensure that our process is not only safe, but preventative of any risks to you as the client. Our product is an eco-friendly, water based solution that’s easy to clean. There are no harsh fumes that linger for weeks nor heavy dust. The chemicals are designed to adhere to your existing finish, without needing to strip or sand. We plastic everything off and keep all of the work within the parameters, creating a safe environment for you to continue working in the next room if need be. And, most importantly, we are a small family business which does not hire any outside contractors to do the work. Our respect and consideration for your home is our top priority. Plus, we clean up after ourselves, so rest assured you won’t see any crushed soda cans anywhere.

Is it difficult to refinish cabinets?

The process to refinish cabinets definitely takes more skill, research, and experience to replicate the desired factory finished look our company accomplishes. The training alone takes almost six months for any one of our new recruits to fully understand the entire process. Every step requires attention, from cutting the perfect corner piece of masking tape to applying several even coats of product without the dreaded “Orange Peel” look. What we do within 4-5 business days could take many weeks for someone who is inexperienced.

Refinishing cabinets is our specific focus. We have many horror stories of painters who insist they can take the project on, only to hire us later to fix their mistakes. There are so many variables to consider when refinishing cabinets. That is why we at Resurrect Wood Refinishing have been able to make it our primary service. We have many years experience in trial and error, learning from every type of scenario imaginable. Our quick turnaround service is a credit to our knowledge gained over the years. 

Is it better to strip or sand kitchen cabinets?

We never recommend you sand or strip your cabinets. The only scenario we’ve experienced where this would be applicable would be trying to get rid of unfinished paint, and even then, we sand only as needed. Stripping is working with harsh chemicals that are not only dangerous to handle, but could ruin your wood if not applied correctly. It is an old method that is no longer required since there are now revolutionary techniques like those that our company utilizes. 

Sanding is only to be done if there is paint that is chipping or peeling, such as latex paint or an enamel paint. If the entire project needs to be sanded, then we would recommend considering new raw wood doors in place of the sanding cost, we offer a “Re-dooring” service. This would not only make up for the service charge, but increase the value of the kitchen. Consider researching Resurrect Wood Refinishing’s “Re-Door” service on the homepage for more information. A true transformation.

Why shouldn’t you paint your cabinets?

The reason you shouldn’t paint your cabinets is because painted cabinets look painted. It’s as simple as that. Painted cabinets look uneven, unpolished, and unnatural. They can be rough in texture if not sanded correctly and will always chip or peel within a couple years. The only way to correct chipped paint is to go over with another coat of paint or sand the entire kitchen and start from a raw surface.  Continuing to paint cabinets over the years begins to make your cabinets look “caked” in paint, further enforcing that unnatural and cheap appearance. 

Refinishing cabinets is the better alternative to painting because not only is it much more durable than paint, but it has the flexibility to be re-colored in the future without risking that factory finished look. While paint continues to thicken, our product easily adheres to new, tinted finish should your tastes in colors change in a couple years. 

Do painted cabinets look cheap?

Yes, yes, and yes. Many times painted cabinets are applied by the same methods that painters use on walls or other flat surfaces: a brush or roller, and a gallon of latex paint. While walls or ceilings may look beautiful in the right hands, brushed cabinets can leave thick lines and look terribly uneven. Even if the painter reassures he will only spray your cabinet, paint has the terrible habit of dripping and bubbling in small corners and cracks. Not to mention that latex paint is a rubberized compound. While it’s organic and non-odorous nature may seem appealing, it is very fragile to the slightest bump or bruise. Imagine if such coating was applied on kitchen cabinet surfaces that must endure high traffic and hot temperatures and lots of fingernails, it never makes for a good outcome, and it is why we are always called to remedy the situation a couple years later.

How long does it take to redo my cabinets?

Here at Resurrect we aim to resurrect them in three days (wink), but in most cases from start to finish is about 4-5 business days, while it could take up to two months to purchase and install new cabinets. We think refinishing is the best option when you want to “Redo” your cabinets. Installing new cabinets requires demolition, measurement, and installation, and lack of access to the premises for sometimes months. Refinishing, on the other hand, is not only cost effective, but can be a very quick and smooth process.

Refinishing your kitchen project can be summarized into three steps.

Step One is the masking stage. Our small, professional, cleancut and background checked crew will arrive onsite for the very first day of the project. The crew will mask off everything from your cabinet boxes to the countertops to the floors and walls. They will take down your cabinet doors and mask off the interior of the box. This will protect your space from overspray and will also allow you to keep most of your items inside the cabinet boxes.

Step Two will be to refinish (paint) the boxes. This is day two of the work week. A lead technician will arrive at your house, run a plastic curtain around the entire room and begin the process of refinishing. While this is happening, your doors and drawer fronts will also be worked on back at our facility, with the same refinishing that is happening with your boxes in your home.

Step Three in the final step a crew will return to your home for installation day. Every door and drawer front will be installed back in its original location. Every hinge, knob and handle will also be put back exactly where it was taken from. After which the crew will take down all masking, clean up any dust from painting and do a final check for touch up spots.

Why do kitchen renovations take so long?

A full kitchen renovation can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. It’s a long process because measurements must be made, approved, and double checked. The contractor then submits the blueprints to construction, and depending on their timeline will also affect your project’s. Then there will need to be a window for demolition, receiving the new cabinets, hanging them up, installing, and final adjustments. There are several vendors and teams involved with the process which not only affects the length of the process, but the budget. That is why we recommend refinishing.

Refinishing is a process of taking your existing cabinets and cleaning and prepping them to put a brand new finish, and even color on them, making them look brand new. This process takes much less time and is far less expensive than a full rebuild. The main reason people want to “change their cabinets” is usually because they don’t like the color. We have found that changing the tone can affect the entire space, which is why refinishing is a much more effective way of reaching the same end goal. The process is generally done in as little as three to five business days depending on the size. We guarantee a small, respectful, family-orientated work team.

How much does it cost to refinish cabinets?

To refinish your exciting cabinets will be around one third the cost of a complete remodel and build out of new cabinets. It will depend on the size of your kitchen or bathroom and how many doors and drawers you have. It could average anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars for smaller spaces, to upwards towards $10,000 or more for a larger kitchen. Remember, these numbers are reflective of the third of the value for your project. While a quote may be in the thousands, your existing cabinetry will most certainly be triple that cost and time to complete the work.

Resurrect Wood Refinishing offers free estimates and calculations to help plan your budget. Please keep in mind that while our prices are a little more expensive to a general painter’s quote, the end result is getting as close to a factory finish as possible, with the same durability and sleekness you would expect from buying new cabinets.

Refinishing is a great alternative to new cabinets because it tends to have the same effect as brand new cabinets, simply because our refinishing process changes the color but also looks like a factory finish no one would ever guess it was a refinish. Brand new look, for a third of the cost.
Is it better to refinish or replace kitchen cabinets?

The question of whether to refinish your cabinets or replace them is a pretty common one. Most people think that replacing their cabinets with brand new cabinets is the only way to achieve the fresh, new and professionally looking renovation for their kitchen. And with that mindset some people often spend much more money than they need to.

Having a professional and experienced company refinish your existing cabinets can be far less expensive, take much less time and still give you that brand new look you are hoping for. You could have your cabinets refinished with a new coat similar to what you are used to or change your colors altogether. It’s really entirely up to you.

If you are looking to redesign your space completely then it may be necessary to replace your cabinets and have new ones built. However if your existing cabinets are in good shape but you would like a new look for your kitchen, you could save time and money with refinishing.

Is it cheaper to refinish or replace kitchen cabinets?

It will be much cheaper to refinish your kitchen cabinets rather than replace them. To refinish your existing kitchen cabinets will be around one third the cost of a complete remodel and build out of new cabinets. The process of replacing will also take much more time than refinishing.

Refinishing or refacing your existing cabinets can be done in as little as a couple of days and in some cases you may not even have to clear your cabinets out for the work to be done. It is a much less invasive process and will have your kitchen looking brand new in a shorter time for much less money.

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What are Thermofoil Cabinets?

Thermofoil cabinets are the most recent addition to alternative cabinetry. They are MDF particle boards wrapped in a laminate that are heated at high temperatures to “shrink-wrap” right over the top. They are typically sold in mass quantities to rental spaces, hotels, and what we at Resurrect Wood Refinishing call, “Shoe Box Homes.” Shoe Box Homes are a familiar site in the central Florida area. Because of our themed attractions, the desire for vacation homes have skyrocketed our housing market into a seller’s market. These project managers buy and produce homes at incredible rates, cutting corners and costs where they need, following basic blueprints and using the most efficient means necessary to duplicate and produce, hence the introduction of the Thermofoil Cabinets. This was especially popular in the new construction of the 1990s up to today.

The great news is that Resurrect Wood Refinishing is able to offer a solution to redoing your Thermofoil Cabinets. What we typically offer our customers is new doors while preserving the original thermofoil box cabinets attached to your wall. We find this to be a better alternative to hiring someone to Re-Face, or to heat peel the Thermofoil coating off the cabinets and try to paint the very uneven and often “pitted” MDF pressed wood material underneath. This is a much more valuable service than just buying new Thermofoil Cabinets all over again, giving you a really dramatic new look.

Are Thermofoil Cabinets any good?

Thermofoil cabinets are good to an extent. We at Resurrect Wood Refinishing have a vendor that does supply superior thermofoil doors with a warranty. Unfortunately, most local vendors in the central Florida area do not. The Florida humidity and high heat in empty homes can cause those doors to peel overnight. A warranty is crucial.

The selling point for Thermofoil Cabinets is that they are cheap, durable, and easy to clean. They are the perfect candidates for rental and vacation homes since they require little upkeep. A simple swipe of a microfiber towel can take care of any spill a guest may have caused. Also, since the trend in the past couple of years has been contemporary Shaker Doors, millwork has not been desired which has allowed Thermofoil Cabinets to sweep the market with their basic and reliable design. 

Personally, we do not love Thermofoil. As will be explained below, thermofoil cabinets never have a life longer than about ten years. The quality of the wood inside is so poor and the weight of the materials SO HEAVY that the wear and tear is often not even fixable. The hinges have a hard time supporting the weight and There will always be a point that peeling occurs, whether it be on a larger scale or not. The prices for Thermofoil Cabinets are just shy enough of wood, especially when working with our Refinishing services, that we just recommend wood over thermofoil every single time.

How long do Thermofoil Cabinets last?

Thermofoil Cabinets have an average life of about ten years, and that’s if they are well made. If they are from a cheap vendor, they can begin peeling in three to five years. Rest assured, if this is an option you wish to pursue, we do use one of the best vendors out there for Thermofoil Doors.

The downside however, is no matter how good of a quality the cabinets and doors are, they will peel. Especially in hot, humid Florida. All that’s holding the vinyl laminate together is a heated, pressed, glue. If you work in a very busy kitchen and do not treat your cabinets kindly, they are susceptible to peeling at a higher rate. These risks include simple home appliances like coffee makers and toaster ovens. Once Thermofoil Cabinets peel, that’s it. You can pursue an option called, “Re-Facing,” where they will pull apart the laminate and glue a new one, however, we have found customers much more satisfied with pursuing new wood doors, an option Resurrect Wood Refinishing provides. 

Most problems with Thermofoil cabinets are focused on the doors since they are the most used. We offer a service where we will replace the thermofoil doors with real wood doors and refinish your existing thermofoil cabinets to match the new color. This way you won’t have to pursue new cabinets completely and you can definitely save much more money than attempting to repair the existing laminate. 

The great thing with getting new wood doors is that no matter the heat and length of time, your cabinet doors will treat you well if you pay them the respect they deserve.

Are Thermofoil Cabinets cheaper than wood?

Generally yes, thermofoil cabinets are cheaper than wood, but it really depends on the vendor. When we first started working in the Florida market, we noticed that local vendors did sell Thermofoil Cabinets at a cheaper rate than wood. However, our new vendors do offer thermofoil cabinets at a closer cost to real wood cabinets since they’re process and warranties are a little more superior. Still, the reason they are used frequently in the past couple of years is because project managers can get mass quantities at a cheap rate. The selling point is that they are easy to clean, but Resurrect Wood Refinishing’s polyurethane acrylic is just as easy to clean as well. It is definitely better to pursue real wood or keep your real wood cabinets. 

Can you drill through Thermofoil cabinets?

That vinyl laminate is wrapped out MDF. MDF, if you are not familiar, is essentially saw dust that has been compacted together so densely to create a board, hence the term, “particle board.” They are a one-and-done product. If you drill anything you have to be certain it is an accurate hole and you must be ready to leave the screw in. Once you start taking screws out and adjusting, the boards begin to disintegrate because the density has been breached. An expert craftsman is definitely required if you are not ready to accept the consequences of a poorly planned handle-drill. 

Resurrect Wood Refinishing does offer a drilling service to any refinishing project, this includes new doors, both wood and Thermofoil. We are familiar with what to expect and plan for with Thermofoil cabinet doors, and do accept any responsibility for repairing and correcting any errors. We understand that there is a lot of information as well as lack of information when finalizing which cabinet option you wish to pursue. Regardless of whether you decide to buy Thermofoil Doors or Solid wood doors, we are here to help assist, refinish, and install.

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Should I Refinish my Stairs?

Most hardwood surfaces usually require a refinish at some point in its lifetime. We’ve noticed that this point is usually around the 20-30 year mark. For stairs, it is not only a general upkeep to help preserve the protective finish, but can also be a cosmetic transformation that will truly redesign the entire feel of the room. Whether you desire staining the stairs to a darker tone or just color correcting wear and tear areas as needed, you should consider refinishing your stairs if you are noticing a damage to the clear coat finish. This may look like a plastic-like peeling, or a raw appearance in the color from frequent wear on the commonly treaded paths. Like paint peeling on a car, an indication of this is a sure sign it’s only going to get worse, and should be addressed as soon as possible.

How much does it cost to refinish a staircase?

Depending on the nature of the project, a standard refinish which includes light color correction and adding a new protective coat is going to be about $75 per step. Resurrect Wood Refinishing can also refinish bannisters at about a similar price per linear foot. Staining will be a little more expensive as it requires additional quoting. We do offer free estimates and calculators to help assist with your specific needs. 

Prices for refinishing stairs are significantly less expensive than sanding and purchasing new floors. We are experienced enough to determine whether or not your stairs would be a good candidate or if it would only temporarily postpone an inevitable stair replacement. Rest assured, if you have taken care of your stairs and only have light scratches, you will be better off saving money by refinishing instead of sanding your stairs completely. 

Should I paint or stain my stairs?

You should never paint your stairs with latex or enamel paint. The product is not designed to be stepped on and will quickly wear, rip, peel, etc. when used. Refinishing adds a protective polyurethane acrylic over the wood which is not possible with regular paint. That protective coat will uphold and preserve the color for years to come, taking the hit before it wears into the color. Staining should only be done if it is properly mixed with finish. Resurrect Wood Refinishing offers a variety of stains that are designed for wooden surfaces including stairs.

Keep in mind, when you stain your stairs, they will always be a darker color than the original. This is because when you add stain to stain, it increases the density of the pigment.

How can I refinish my stairs without sanding?

We recommend you hire a professional (like us!) if you are seriously considering refinishing your stairs. Our process is completely sand-free and is only possible because of our methods as well as our proprietary product. With stairs, we use a variety of stains to help darken and color correct. The polyurethane acrylic works great with most pre-finished surfaces and adheres to your already finished stairs. Resurrect Wood Refinishing works in several steps. We first mask around the staircase to help protect adjacent walls and furniture from overspray. Then we clean and neutralize the wood, getting it free of any grease and oils that would bleed through. We seal the wood to help prepare the surface to absorb new finish and neutralize the ph levels. We then, by hand with a meticulous paint brush, go through and color correct wear, tear and scratches as needed. Our technicians are able to blend raw spots back to their original color. Once that’s all finished, we stain the entire surface to help bring balance and then finish it with a final coat of protective polyurethane acrylic clear coat top finish. 

All of this can be done without sanding if the wood doesn’t have excessive damage from scratching or moisture. In those cases sanding, traditional sanding refinish is going to be the only option.  Feel free to email or give us a call if you are uncertain. We will be happy to provide our opinion and suggestions. 

What happens if you stain over stain?

If you decide to stain over a stain it will increase the density of the pigment. So for example, if you have a stair that is a cherry maple color, adding a cherry stain to it will deepen the red and make it both richer and darker. Unfortunately, you can not lighten a stain without sanding, you can only go darker. Resurrect Wood Refinishing provides sample templates to help you understand what your existing stain would look if you decided to darken it into a new color. If you wish to keep the stain color the same and only require a traditional refinish, then keep in mind that there will still be a shade darker than the original. 

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What kind of wood is used for cabinets?

There are many different kinds of wood used in cabinetry and they all vary in durability and style. The most common wood for cabinetry, especially here in Florida is Oak and Maple. There is also Pine which is typically yellow and very rustic–perfect for cabins, poplar is common for refaced cabinets, and for very lucky homeowners we sometimes see Hickory wood, one of the most expensive varieties. Before we dive in, there is definitely something terminology that needs to be covered. The very first key factor that will help you identify the kind of wood you are looking at is going to be by observing its “grain.” The grain of the wood is essentially the fingerprint, and there are different levels of thickness and imprint that helps someone identify the grain. There is also the difference between “builder grade” and “custom” cabinetry. Builder grade, in this article, will refer to the common type of wood and style we have observed in the cabinets that are normal for new homes in the Florida Market. Custom cabinetry is as it sounds. Someone–either themselves or a professional–added or built from scratch their cabinetry. And then, for the purposes of this article, there is a difference between “solid wood” and “veneer,” but we will elaborate on that in just a moment.

Identifying what kind of wood will be especially important if you are considering refinishing, because it helps set the right expectations and flexibilities for what you are working with.

What wood is cheapest for cabinets?

In the Florida market, the “cheapest” wood is going to be builder grade, which is typically Oak and then followed by Maple with veneer paneling. The reason it’s called builder grade is because the contractor likely bought for many homes in bulk with their lumber provider in selling mass quantities of easily accessible wood. Oak is identified by its very thick grain texture and in Florida is usually aged to an orange color or pickled oak (a pinkish/whitish color). The problem with Oak and why it’s so cheap is its thick grains. The grooves go deep into the wood and so after years of steam, grease, oils, etc. the moisture can get trapped deep within and can be very hard to clean. The other downside is if you are trying to modernize your cabinets into a white color, you will be able to visibly see the grain. 

The next “cheap wood” is Maple with veneer paneling. Solid Maple cabinets are actually higher quality and standard, but when it comes to Builder Grade, we’ve noticed the standard is to mix Maple wood with Maple veneer. Maple wood is identified by its smooth texture and very light grain pattern. Every once in a while there may be a knot, but lumberors are usually good at filtering those out.  Veneer is a plywood with a thin layer of Maple sheet glued on top. It helps continue the appearance of wood without the sturdy durability and hefty price tag. It is typically found in the center panel of cabinet doors as well as the sides of boxes.  Rest assured, for kitchen cabinets, this is perfectly normal practice and mimics Maple perfectly when refinishing. It’s still a good quality cabinet and will be charged as thus, just don’t be surprised if that center panel breaks if something slams into it.

Finally, every once in a while we see pine cabinets. They aren’t too common in Florida, but they are there. This is considered one of the cheapest types of wood because the material is so soft and light. It’s easily scratchable and not durable to hard, blunt accidents. They can be refinished no problem, but just make sure you are gentle even with Resurrect Wood Refinishing’s awesome polyurethane acrylic. We can only do so much with what we are working with.

What is the most durable wood for kitchen cabinets?

As mentioned, if pine is going to be one of the softest and least durable, Oak, solid Maple, and Hickory are going to be very durable wood for kitchen cabinets. Aesthetically they may vary in style, but solid wood is going to be solid wood, and would all be perfect for your kitchen cabinetry. Hickory is identified by its smooth texture but incredibly varying tones of grain color. They are very heavy doors and in our opinion are one of the most durable types of wood for kitchen cabinetry.  Hence the rarity in builder grade homes as well as increase in price compared to Oak and Maple. Hickory Cabinets are very durable, and in our expert opinion, perfect candidates for staining because of their beautiful print. 

Are solid wood cabinets worth the money?

Absolutely. Solid wood cabinets are becoming harder to find because of the veneer as mentioned above. Maple veneer is easy to mimic solid wood without the durability and cost, therefore it is very attractive to builders who are trying to save money. Solid wood cabinets provide an opportunity for some very beautiful custom millwork and will last decades if properly taken care of and regularly refinished when required. If you have the chance to invest in some new cabinets, we completely recommend the additional step for ensuring that they are solid wood. It may seem like a large price at first, but the value over time is incredibly high and makes future refinishing very easy and affordable for when it comes time to renovate and update. 

It is also to be noted that the reason we at Resurrect Wood Refinishing are huge advocates of solid wood cabinets is because they are easy to clean. Cleanliness is a major factor when preparing for a new coat of finish. While veneer is perfectly fine when handled by the right craftsman (us), there is an assurity that only solid wood can provide. Do it.

 What is better for kitchen cabinets, MDF or plywood?

Neither. We’ve noticed a lot of Do-It-Yourselves will encourage this practice because MDF and plywood are easily accessible at your local Home Depot. MDF and plywood are not recommended materials for cabinets because aesthetically they look awful and cheap. If we had to choose one or the other, then plywood is the way to go since MDF is soft and easily cracked under pressure. Plywood is suitable for a garage shelf or a bookcase, but please consider higher quality wood when it comes to your kitchen. 

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Can I paint my cabinets?

Sure. You can do anything you want. Will it look nice? Eh.

Technically in this day and age you shouldn’t be painting your cabinets. Every time we have had a customer who has painted their cabinets they have always regretted it. The main reason is because the texture and quality is going to look just like that: paint. Whether it’s brushed or rolled on, or even sprayed, paint is going to make what were nice, pre-finished cabinets into, well, painted cabinets. So yes, you can paint your cabinets. But please make sure your expectations are correct.

The difference between Resurrect Wood Refinishing and Joe’s Paint Shop (or Home Depot), is we utilize a process called “Refinishing.” The procedure is about the same as painting in that our technicians mask everything up and go over your existing cabinetry with a new coat of product. But that product is a very thin, durable, and eco-friendly water based chemical called a Polyurethane Acrylic. You know that nice shiny coat of finish on hardwood floors? That’s our product,  just engineered for your cabinets. So essentially you walk on your cabinets if you really wanted to.

The best part of our process is that the finish is tintable, meaning that that paint color you fell in love with, we can copy! So you still get the beautiful color you wanted without the terrible end results of a paint job.

Can you just paint over cabinets?

Yes, but unfortunately, that ruins the cabinets for if you want them refinished later. Let’s say you are an expert painter. Let’s say that somehow you are able to do a beautiful job painting your cabinets and you are satisfied with the results. Well, the next issue is durability. That paint you used has a lifespan of about 2-3 years, unless it’s continually worn out in high traffic areas, like your cabinets. Then you could be looking at less time and needing a do-over. The problem now is with paint, you can only now cover up with more paint. If you wanted to refinish, then we have to sand/strip the existing paint you used, because our polyurethane acrylic can only adhere to wood-finish, not paint.

So just be careful. That quick-buck decision could end up trapping yourself from future renovations should you wish to maintain the existing cabinetry, and likely saves you no money at all.

Can you paint cabinets without sanding?

You can paint cabinets without sanding if the cabinets are pre-finished. However, you cannot refinish painted cabinets without sanding. As we mentioned above, it’s sort of like a one-and-done type of thing if you decide to paint. With refinishing, you have the flexibility to still paint in the future if for whatever reason you don’t like the amazing durability and odorless finish. 

Now can you refinish builder grade cabinets without sanding? Absolutely. That’s one of the best things about the process we use at Resurrect Wood Refinishing. There is no sanding which means none of that awful saw dust floating around in your kitchen. Also if there’s no sanding then there is no risk losing that beautiful profile in your existing cabinetry. 

Can kitchen cabinets be painted professionally?

If by professional you mean, “can cabinets be painted by someone who I can pay money to do it?” Yes. Yes they can. If by professional you mean if painting your cabinets will look good, then no. As explained, painting, in our opinion, ruins perfectly good cabinets. A lot of painters may say they are able to do it, but first off, painting cabinets is a completely different process than painting your wall or ceiling. There is a lot of attention to detail required since you are working on a three dimensional surface versus a solid flat wall. Second, wall paint is not the same as wood paint. And wood paint will look like wood paint and not nicely refinished cabinets. 

While there are many painting professionals who claim that they can paint your cabinets, it is a completely different skill set and product and we strongly recommend researching in order for you to set realistic expectations.

How much does it cost to paint existing kitchen cabinets?

Resurrect Wood Refinishing only offers refinishing services. The market for refinishing an average sized, 10×10  kitchen is going to be about ⅓ the cost of purchasing new cabinets. The value of our service increases with the larger the project.  From our experience with painters who try to compete with us, they usually charge about the same they would for a wall or ceiling project. So while in the short term you are getting a better deal, you are paying a cheaper price for a cheaper service. 

Paint is not durable on cabinets, it chips and peels even with a common polyurethane clear coat on top. Once the painter is done with the project, that it is. There is no guarantee and you will have to hire them again to repaint the entire kitchen should it need a refresh. With Resurrect Wood Refinishing, we do offer a touch-up service just in case in the next couple of years there’s an accident or excessive wear and tear. We get it! It’s your kitchen not a museum. We also leave touch up products upon request which covers most small bumps and dings. We understand that investing in your kitchen is not only a commitment, but it is going to be well used and well loved throughout many years. That’s why it’s very important to us at Resurrect Wood Refinishing to ensure that every customer is aware that we continue to keep communication open for future projects. Once our customer, you are always a customer. We like to say we don’t make customers, we make friends, especially with your fur babies.

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Should I refinish my kitchen cabinets?

Should I refinish my kitchen cabinets?

Yes. We can start tomorrow. 

In all seriousness, it’s definitely been a trending renovation for several years now and a fantastic  question to ask whether you are wanting to update your existing dream home or resale your has-been home for a new will-be home. Are your old cabinets starting to fade in color? Are there sections that have peeled off or chipped? Do you just hate how that oak aged into orange? Then yes, you may very well be ready to start the process in thinking about refinishing your kitchen cabinets. The goal of refinishing is to help update your kitchen to as close to a factory finish as possible without the pain and aggravation and cost that comes with ripping out and buying new cabinets. It’s the best choice especially if your cabinets are in fantastic condition, despite the ugly color and blemishes. And we can help. From color selection to final touches, Resurrect Wood Refinishing can accomplish any dream you have when it comes to refinishing your kitchen.  If you are starting to ask that question then it is probably time to start.

Is it worth it to refinish kitchen cabinets?

Absolutely. Refinishing helps preserve what was already constructed, especially because more and more builder-grade cabinets are becoming incredibly cheap. Everything is becoming veneer and flat panels. Gone are the days of real maple wood or oak cabinets. Refinishing is something to absolutely consider in spite of ripping out and getting new cabinets, because not only is it cost effective but it also saves you time. Buying new cabinets can be up to a 2-3 month process, from the initial planning stages, to demolishing, construction, and final installation. All because you wanted to update the style? We don’t think it’s worth the time. Refinishing your cabinets can take a week at most and you can generally keep everything inside your cabinets. That alone is definitely a worthwhile decision because it will save you all of the pushed back deadlines. Is it worth it to be without your kitchen for 2-3 months or for just a few days? We think, especially if it’s only because you want a new color, that refinishing is the worthier option every single time. Unless, in the very rare instance, your entire cabinetry is disintegrating. Then we will be happy to provide you with new stylish doors alongside the new cabinet boxes!

Is it better to strip or sand kitchen cabinets?

Neither! Refinishing avoids sanding or stripping. Now, realistically, there are unfortunate situations that call for sanding, especially if you are wanting to refinish your kitchens. Many customers we’ve had in the past had a lot of latex paint gunked up on their cabinets. That will have to be sanded so that way the wood is prepped and ready to receive a new coat of finish. But that will only be sections as needed and never the entire kitchen cabinets. Sanding and stripping is just a tedious step for a less-than-desirable result. They are only suitable for painting which is not what we do. At Resurrect Wood Refinishing we are able to work with the existing finish without having to sand or strip the kitchen cabinets. Sanding and stripping also risks ruining the profile of any cabinet doors or added wood work like moulding or trim pieces. Plus you’re dealing with a lot of dust from sanding and toxic fumes from the stripping… It’s just not worth the risk and the only best choice is to either refinish or replace.

Is it better to paint or replace kitchen cabinets?

First off, there is a difference between painting and refinishing. Refinishing is working with the existing finish and using what is called a polyurethane acrylic, which is essentially re-engineered floor finish designed for your cabinets. It’s a water-based product so it’s eco-friendly and it’s very thin and completely odorless. It’s the best of latex paint and enamel paint. Latex paint is clean and odorless, but it’s rubber and cracks very easily. Enamel paint is stronger, but it’s toxic and cannot be sprayed to a smooth finish, and there will be an odor in your kitchen for at least 3-4 weeks after the project is complete. Refinishing takes the best traits of all of the paints without being paint. It adheres to the finish and will look factory finished. No streaks or heavy sections. Just smooth and beautiful.

Replacing cabinets are only recommended if your old wooden cabinets are damaged beyond repair or if they are laminate cabinets that are peeling. However, Resurrect Wood Refinishing does offer what we call Re-Door, and is recommended even on laminate cabinets. As long as the boxes are structurally sound, we can replace the peeled, damaged doors with nice wooden doors and then refinish them. But we never recommend painting as it will just ruin what is already existing and will most likely need to be repainted 2-4 years later due to cracks and peels.

What is the average cost to refinish kitchen cabinets?

The average cost to refinishing a kitchen will be about ⅓ of the price to replace cabinets completely. The value of refinishing goes up the larger the project is. Your $500 bathroom vanity may not be worth refinishing if it would only save you a few hundred bucks, but when you’re staring at your beautiful $30,000 maple wooden cabinets in the kitchen, then you may be incredibly surprised to know that we can refinish the whole thing for under $10,000. Plus it would only take about 4-5 business days unlike 2-3 months of replacing cabinets. And the best part is that refinishing will restore your cabinets to their former glory and increase their durability for years to come, to the point that if you sold your house, the new homeowners may not even be aware that you did refinish them at all. 

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