February 9, 2021
One of the most valuable parts of your home is your kitchen. If you are thinking about a remodeling project, either to add value to your home or update the style, you may want to consider refinishing or repainting your old cabinets instead of replacing them.
“Why refinish when I can just replace?”
Before you go shopping for new cabinets at a big box store it’s important to consider the value of your purchase. Most modern cabinets are made of cheap materials such as laminated composite wood. These cabinets may look nice, but they are far less durable than the solid wood cabinets you often find in older homes. Gary Reynolds, a cabinet maker from North Carolina, agrees. "Cabinets built prior to the 1980s were generally built of better materials than newer ones. Back then, 3/4-inch plywood was actually 3/4 inches thick and particle board was used for floor underlayment."
“What about cost savings?”
New cabinets cost about $7,500 on average and can go as high as $24,000 or more for higher quality materials. Refinishing your cabinets can add a modern twist at a fraction of the price and the team at Golden Boys Painting are the best painters in Rochester NY for the job.
Refinishing your cabinets can be a daunting task. They receive more wear and tear than just about any surface in your home so it is important to make sure the end results are not just beautiful, but durable!
Proper adhesion requires extensive prep, quality products, and a lot of elbow grease. It’s extremely important to make sure you clean the surface first and then use either an oil or shellac-based primer to seal tannins and ensure a finish that will last. When it comes to paint, we use durable alkyds or enamel paints for a smooth finish with minimal brush strokes due to their extended open times and chemical makeup. For a flawless, factory-like finish we often use an airless sprayer to ensure the best look possible.
Because of the difficulty of the task, you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job. Golden Boys Painting specializes in cabinet painting in Rochester and is here to help discuss your options.