5 Questions To Ask Before You Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets
Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Friday, March 15, 2019
Your kitchen cabinets are ready to be repainted. You’ve done your research and the next step is finding the best contractor to get the job done right.
Of course, there are countless contractors out there who advertise as cabinet painters. How do you know which pro has the skills needed to leave your cabinets looking brand new? To help you in your search, we have compiled a list of questions to ask your potential contractors.
Do you specialize in cabinet painting?
This may seem like an odd question, but painting cabinets requires skill and experience. Not all painters have a background in cabinet painting, and the results may be disappointing.
Cabinet painting can be done by rolling and brushing,or spraying. If the painter is not familiar with the proper steps, the results will lack that factory-finished look. To complete the project with a professional quality finish, make sure that you hire someone who specializes in cabinet refinishing.
What is your process?
Another way to figure out if you have found the right professional is to ask about their process. This will help you understand whether or not they understand the ins and outs of cabinet painting.
A properly prepped surface will have been cleaned, sanded, and then primed. Adding a primer layer is very important. Without it, the final coat will not adhere correctly, and the grain of the wood may begin to show through. Plus, the primer adds durability to your top coat.
Do you have samples of your work?
A quality pro will be able to provide sample boards. Sample boards will show you the skill level of the contractor. Plus, you can compare samples from potential painters to decide whose work you prefer.
This is a quick, tangible way to gauge the skill level of your potential contractor.
Can you provide references?
A referral goes a long way! Ask potential contractors if they have any referrals who would be willing to share their experience. You can also go online to find reviews. The Better Business Bureau and Google Reviews are both reputable places to start.
Photos are another great way to both gather inspiration, and see some of their previous work. Often, social media is a great resource for photos and references. Sundeleaf Painting’s Facebook page is regularly updated with recent projects!
Are you licensed and insured?
This is an incredibly important question to ask! Not all contractors take the proper steps to license and insure themselves. A committed contractor will take steps to protect their team, and your home, with liability insurance.
By verifying that your professional painter has taken the proper legal steps, you can feel confident that they take the safety of your home and their team seriously.
How can we help you?
Sundeleaf Painting has been Portland’s preferred painter since 1930. We have a crew who are dedicated, experienced, and are ready to tackle your kitchen cabinet refinishing.
Whether we are refinishing your cabinets, transforming your home with interior painting projects, or working to update your exterior, you will find that our attention to detail and quality service sets us apart. Our quality speaks for itself. Schedule your estimate today.