How We Paint

The Anatomy of a Fresh Faced Cabinets Paint Job

We provide a quality, professionally sprayed paint and top coat finish done on-site in your home.  We keep odor and solvents to a minimum by using water-bourne top coats and alcohol based primers.  Water-bourne top coats do require longer drying times between coats, so it's best to plan a job taking 7-8 days.   

Here's an example of our typical process for painting only.  Jobs with additional trim or cabinet accessories may take longer.  (Also, see below for requirements we need from you to make the job run smooth.)

  1. Day One:  Most often we start on a Monday.  We will be removing cabinet doors and beginning cleaning and prep work.  The prep work is a crucial step to a successful paint job.  Masking off and protecting non-paint surfaces may also be started.  This will also involve beginning to "tent" off your kitchen, meaning we use plastic sheeting to seal off the kitchen to contain any overspray.
  2. Day Two:  We do all painting on site.  Prior to accepting the job we will have determined an area that we can create a "paint booth" for painting the doors.  This can typically be done in a garage or an adjoining room to the kitchen.  Time of year and weather conditions will also affect the selection of this area to facilitate drying times.  Most often we will begin priming by the end of day two.  The primer is alcohol based and will have a slight odor.  We will have sealed off the kitchen by this night and you will not have access.  Make plans for removing any food needed and plan on dining out.
  3. Day Three:  We focus on painting the cabinets in the kitchen.  Most jobs we will be able to fully complete the interior painting on the cabinets on this day and the "tent" can be removed.  Larger kitchens, two color kitchens, or slow drying times may require keeping the tent in place for the next day.  If time allows we will also be putting a coat or two on the cabinet doors.
  4. Day Four:  Painting the cabinet doors in the "spray booth."
  5. Day Five:  Finishing the painting and doing any necessary touch up.  Letting the paint dry for the weekend.  Note:  On smaller kitchens, or perfect drying conditions during the week we may be able to finish and re-hang the doors on Friday.
  6. Day Six:  Dry time.  
  7. Day Seven:  Dry Time.
  8. Day Eight:  Back on Monday with all doors and cabinets completely dry we will complete the job.

Requirements from Homeowner before the job:

  • Remove all contents from cabinets and drawers and place in area not to be used for painting.
  • Clear and clean the designated "spray booth" area a few days ahead of the job.  Most often we put up a plastic tent in the attached garage, doing your best to remove dust in advance is helpful.
  • Identify appropriate electrical outlets.  Our equipment operates best on a 20amp circuit with no other appliances running on that circuit.  We may also need outlets to run heaters or dehumidifiers depending on the time of year.
  • Understanding the focus of the job is the visible "showcase" elements of the kitchen - primarily the fronts of the doors and the panels and face frame fronts.  Backs of doors and the interior face frames are not given the same finish treatments by the original manufactures and thus a new paint finish will reflect that.  Our focus on the most common of a kitchen, when all the doors are closed, thus masking around drawer slides and interior face frames is not cost effective to get completely covered.
  • See our other article on limitations of painting.  While we prep for the best paint adhesion, it is not cost effective to repair all surface damage of old cabinets, some defects will transfer through the paint coating.
  • Our service is on-site, not in a manufactured setting with professional paint booth, some very, minor defects and contaminants may be visible on very close inspection but will not affect the overall visual appearance of the cabinets.