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“The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.” Mario Batali
Legacy Painting has mastered the cabinet painting process to produce results with the same quality, often superior, as a factory finish for 1/3 the cost. Purchasing new cabinets is expensive and labor intensive. In recent years, there have been major strides in paint technology that have allowed contractors the ability to replicate finishes that were once only attainable by expensive cabinetry companies using volatile lacquers in specialized static-free spray booths.
If you are an eco-conscious homeowner, then refinishing your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is far more environmentally friendly than replacing them. After all, by ensuring that your existing cabinet boxes aren’t sent to the landfill, as well as guaranteeing that extra materials aren’t wasted in the production of new doors, means that you can sleep soundly at night knowing you've done your part.
The biggest downside to buying factory-made cabinets is the limited color selection. Do any of the dull, cookie-cutter selections at your local big box store speak to who you are? Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on a kitchen that three of your neighbors have? With the ability to choose the exact tone, gloss level, and hardware furnishings that suit your tastes, you're limited only by your inner-decorator!
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Labeling each door and drawer front is an essential first step to create a map of how to put your cabinets back together once they have been refinished. All hardware will be removed and stored separately to avoid mixing differently sized screws and hinges. All cabinets and drawer fronts will be taken off-site to receive the following steps in a controlled environment, while frames and boxes will be finished on-site.
The preparation phase is inarguably the most labor intensive step, but is also the key to a durable finish. Cutting corners here is where inexperienced painters go afoul; not even the strongest industrial epoxies will last very long if the substrate isn't prepped properly. Thats why we take extra care to deep-clean your cabinets prior to sanding to avoid grinding oils and greases permanently into the wood, ruining the primer's adhesive abilities.
Once we've achieved a squeaky clean cabinet surface, it's time to add some tooth. Aggressive sanding isn't usually necessary; a medium/fine grit sandpaper is all that is required to produce millions of micro grooves and valleys in the existing finish and provide a grip-positive plane for the primer to physically bond to.
We're refinishing your cabinets, not your countertops, sink, backsplash, and hardwood floor. The beauty of newly painted doors and drawers quickly fades to the background if your painter gets overspray and drips on areas that were supposed to be kept clean! Accidents can happen; and that's why we use plastic film and waterproof paper to keep those accidents from adhering to areas they shouldn't.
Primer contains special adhesives and resins that give it an advantage when trying to chemically bond to a slick surface. Given the abuse and daily use that kitchens receive, we skip the "paint and primer in one" marketing ploy and instead opt for highly specialized and surface-specific primer formulas. Which primer will be best suited to your cabinets will be decided at the time of estimation.
This is where the magic happens! Doors and drawers are now ready for their sprayed finish, and frames will be painted by hand with ultra-soft brushes and microfiber rollers for a velvet smooth finish. Once your cabinets have received 2 coats of Acrylic Urethane paint and given 24 hours to dry, your doors and drawers will be wrapped in bubble paper to protect them on their journey home where they'll be reinstalled in their original position using either previous or newly bought hardware.