Color Change Process
Our company was founded with our revolutionary color changing process. What makes this process so amazing is its convenience without compromising its quality. Not only is this process dust free, odorless and mess-free; you also don’t have to empty your cabinetry. We are able to take oak cabinets, pickled cabinets, maple cabinets and any other outdated color and give the appearance of the updated cabinetry that appears as though it has just been installed. We understand the drawbacks to remodeling; the mess, the time, the smell and the prep work to get ready for us. Luckily for our customers, we do all of our work without any of these inconveniences.
What to expect from our process?
A typical kitchen only takes 3-4 days and there is virtually no preparation or clean up that you must do. Since you do not need to empty your cabinetry you do not have to do anything to prepare for your project. Our team will remove your handles, de-grease your cabinetry and prepare the area before they begin. The only thing that you need to do during your project is to choose your cabinetry’s new color. Each color is custom mixed in-home to make sure that we get the exact finish that you desire. We suggest looking at our website, on Pinterest, in magazines or at a home and garden show to get an idea of what you would like for your new kitchen color. If you feel overwhelmed by all of the options we have a designer on staff that will walk you through your different color options and give you suggestions based on your overall kitchen goals. Once you pick color your job is complete. When we arrive on your projects start date we will head straight into prepping the area for the process. This will include taping off the walls, countertops, and flooring surrounding the cabinetry with our 21-day clean removal approved tape. This is to prevent any tape residue being on the areas we tape off, it is also graded for wood floors to prevent damaging the floors finish. When the initial prep work is completed we will move forward with the prep work on the actual cabinetry.
The majority of the time when we walk into someone’s kitchens it is obvious the cabinetry has seen years of wear and tear without any maintenance. This means it is completely normal to have water damage, grease damage from cooking, hand grease, steam damage, sun damage and in many cases bits and pieces of food. We also have a lot of cases that the customer has been very good about maintaining their cabinetry, however, in doing so they have unintentionally worn the finish down to a point that the cabinets now feel sticky and are un-cleanable. The first step we take to tackling all of the issues mentioned is to clean and degrease cabinetry. We use a powerful degreaser along with a lot of elbow grease that enables us to cut through years of grime. The time this takes varies from kitchen to kitchen but it is a very important step in the process. Sanding the cabinets is needed but you cannot sand grease off of the cabinets without over sanding and changing the shape of the door.
Once everything has been properly degreased and has been approved by the project manager the sanding of the cabinetry will begin. The first step to our sanding process is to detail sand all of the areas on the cabinetry that we will be unable to reach with our power sanders. This will ensure that the sanding process will not affect the shape of the cabinet door, which will be important for the final look of your project. Most people associate sanding with dust, this is a good association to make because you cannot sand without producing dust. This being said we are considered dust free because all of our sanders are directly attached to shop vacuums to prevent any dust from ascending into the air.
After the cabinetry has been properly cleaned and sanding we will proceed with staining. To begin staining we remove all of the doors and drawers from the cabinet bases. The drawers are placed on the countertops and the doors are set aside for the first portion of the staining process. We focus on the backgrounds and the drawers during this step. We use a different application process than most companies for our staining. We do not spray the stain because sprayed stained are proven to not be long-lasting and they can quickly appear to look like a paint. We also do not use brushes because you will see brush marks. Instead, we use an application tool that enables us to fully control how heavy the stain is applied to ensure the correct color along with having a better adhesion to the cabinetry and without showing any brush marks. When the stain work has been completed and matches the demonstration door that was completed to choose color we will apply our finish. The finish we use is a protective top coat that dries completely clear and is water-based with little to no smell. It is designed to withstand abrasion, chipping, water damage and scuffing. Essentially it is there to ensure that your cabinetry stays looking gorgeous after we are completed.
Once the first stage of staining is completed we proceed with staining the doors. We do this by reinstalling the doors on the cabinet bases and staining both sides of the door at once. The cabinet doors being stained on the bases is to ensure that the color is consistent throughout the kitchen and that the backgrounds do not turn out to be a separate color from the doors or drawers. We incorporate this method into our staining process because we have witnessed first hand the issues with cabinet doors being done at a separate location and then being brought back and reinstalled. Since we focus on refinishing used cabinetry that has been worn down from years of use we have had a chance to see what methods have stood the test of time and which methods only last a few years or have inconsistent results. This means that the methods we incorporate into our processes are a compilation of best practices that we have observed through the years. After we complete the staining on the doors we will apply our clear top coat and remove all prep work and clean the area to finish your project. By the time we are completed your kitchen will almost be unrecognizable from when we started.