How we work

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Our cabinet painting process typically unfolds as follows:

Prep

  • Removing hardware – Homeowners often choose to replace cabinet hardware when they are having their cabinets painted or stained. If you are keeping your existing hardware, we will store it carefully and securely with all fasteners.
  • Sanding – Cabinet doors and drawer fronts will be lightly sanded with fine-grit sandpaper. All sanding dust will then be cleared away.
  • Cleaning – We will thoroughly clean your cabinets with a special solution that prepares the surfaces for paint.
  • Repeat – We repeat the sanding and cleaning process to your cabinet face frames and boxes.
  • Taping and protecting – All surrounding surfaces will be taped off and drop cloths will be installed around the entire kitchen.

Paint

  • Prime – A coat of bonding primer will be applied to all surfaces
  • Paint Application – Depending on the paint color, 2-3 coats of interior latex acrylic-alkyd paint is smooth rolled onto the cabinets. Each coat is given ample time to dry before lightly sanding and removing any dust.
  • Filling in the gaps – Gaps at the seams and are filled and smoothed.
  • 2nd and 3rd coat – A second, and possibly third coat is applied (with light sanding between and after each coat).
  • Doors and drawer fronts – Door and drawers are taken off-site where they are sprayed in a clean environment.

Install

  • Install – All doors and drawer fronts are brought back and reinstalled.
  • Clean up! – After everything is put back together, we clean up and get out of your hair. You can now enjoy your beautiful, updated kitchen
  • Take care! – It is very important that care be taken for the following 3-4 weeks after installation.
  • Care instructions – We will be sure to leave you with cabinet care instructions and a jar of touch up paint.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

• The entire process usually takes between 5-7 business days, (aprox. 5 hours each day), but varies from job-to-job.
• You do not need to be home while we work.
• You are free to use your kitchen during this entire process.
• We will be sure to leave you with cabinet care instructions and a jar of touch up paint.

Our Cabinet Staining Process

We will examine your cabinets to determine the best approach for staining. Our staining process typically unfolds as follows:

  • Removing hardware – Homeowners often choose to replace cabinet hardware when they are having their cabinets painted or stained. If you are keeping your existing hardware, we will store it carefully and securely with all fasteners.
  • Cleaning – We will thoroughly clean your cabinets with a special solution that prepares the surfaces for stain.
  • Sanding – After the cabinets have dried completely, they will be sanded with fine-grit sandpaper. All sanding dust will then be cleared away.
  • Taping and protecting – All surrounding surfaces will be taped off and drop cloths will be installed around the entire kitchen.
  • Staining – The first coat of stain will be applied and allowed to dry.
  • Second sanding – If deemed necessary, the painted surfaces will be lightly sanded.
  • Second-coat staining – A second coat of stain will be applied.
  • Installing of hardware – Your new or existing hardware will be installed after the stain has dried completely.

If there is existing paint or finish on the cabinets, we may use an electric sander to remove it, in order to ensure a smooth finish.

HOW LONG DOES CABINET STAINING TAKE?

The timeline of a cabinet staining job depends on the scope of the project—how large your kitchen is, the kind of stain used, whether or not any special finishes are required, etc. We will be able to give you an accurate time estimate based on the specifics of your cabinet project.

Get started!

Need an estimate? Please email or text the following information:
Your name & address, the number of cabinet doors & drawer fronts in your space. If possible, please include 3-4 photos of your cabinets.
(615) 830-7906 or info@frenchcorder.com