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Replacing Cabinets vs Painting Cabinets

If you are among the millions of people considering remodeling your kitchen, then I’m sure that you have seen a few you tube videos or remodeling shows about kitchen remodeling. Choosing what is best for you either replacing cabinets or painting them may not have crossed your mind as an option. So let s see if we can help with what we have seen in homes we have worked at.

How do you decide? Replacing cabinets vs Painting cabinets- lets dig in to this one! I am just using the kitchen we just finished as an example.

How much will it Cost to replace cabinets

What is will cost to replace your cabinets is a question that is a bit more complicated than just money, what does that mean?

  • what is the cost for demolition
  • will there be will wall damage
  • are you going to have to have electrical work done
  • does the flooring have to be redone
  • do new cabinets fit in the same space? ie soffits
  • will your counter top have to be replaced
  • can you use your existing sink
  • new lighting?
  • time without a sink, kitchen appliances etc

That is a long list, so what does that mean? Well the cabinets coming out, floors being worked in, repairs, items ordered, installed – all means that you could be 2 weeks to 4 months with a construction zone in your home. We have seen it!

So all of the above is not a dollar cost but a cost for your time, stress, aggavation. The money part on a low end kitchen can start at $15,000- and we have witnessed up to $75,000! All depends on what you want. In our house a decent vanity allone was 1100! So if you have 16 cabinet boxes, that is over $16,000 in just the cabients.

So what is the Cost to Paint kitchen cabients

In the video above, we painted the oak cabinets. What we did; (the short list)

  • cleaned the cabinets
  • masked the floor
  • covered the tile and counters
  • removed and painted closet door
  • filled in 1 layer of grain
  • sanded primer smooth
  • sprayed the 2nd coat primer
  • sprayed the top coat

This kitchen was about $3700, and the customers lost access to their kitchen for 1 night. HUGE difference from the carnage of demotion. Here is another link to a blog we did on cost to paint cabinets

How to decide…

That is a rough decision to make, and I feel for you. We have had similar choices to make, so the choice of Replacing Cabinets vs Painting Cabinets can be tough, but it just depends on what options you have, if your cabients are in good shape- then just paint them!

Once you start getting estimates, you will get a better understanding on which way you will decide to go.

If and when you have questions, feel free to reach out, we are here to help.

How much does it cost to remove wallpaper?

Are you a homeowner with wallpaper in your home? If so, you’re not alone! But, do you love it? At D’Franco Wallpaper, we love installing wallpaper. However, if you’re not fond of the wallpaper in your home, you may be wondering how much it will cost to have it removed. While the cost of wallpaper removal can vary, this guide will give you an idea of the approximate cost to remove wallpaper in your home.

Should I remove wallpaper or just paint over it?

This is a common question among homeowners. At D’Franco, we typically recommend removing the wallpaper before painting.

wallpaper steamer

Why? Because wallpaper is porous, meaning that moisture from the paint can cause the wallpaper adhesive to re-wet and loosen from the wall. This can result in the wallpaper falling off the wall, leaving you with a wet paint and wet wallpaper mess. Trust us, we’ve seen it happen! To avoid this issue and ensure a professional looking paint job, it’s best to remove the wallpaper before painting.

When can you paint over wallpaper?

At D’Franco, we prioritize  a smooth and seamless finish. Our experienced team offers wallpaper removal services, with an estimate based on square footage and our knowledge of similar wallpapers. However, in cases where the wallpaper is not coming off easily, we may recommend an alternative solution.This may happen if:

  • Wallpaper was installed directly over drywall
  • Incorrect adhesive was used
  • Wallpaper is from the 1980s and has a vinyl film
pump sprayer for wallpaper removal

Our recommended solution in these cases is for us to:

  • Prime the wallpaper using Guardz or Shellac primer (which will cause any loose areas to bubble up)
  • Cut out these bubbled areas
  • Skim coat any seams or cutaway areas
  • Re-prime for a solid surface 
  • Apply your desired paint color for a polished finish

While this may not be the ideal path, we’ve had success with this method in our own homes as well as other customers’ homes. You can trust our team to achieve the look you desire.

What can I expect the cost of removing wallpaper to be?

The cost of wallpaper removal can vary greatly, with prices ranging from $1.00 to $4.00 per square foot. Factors that can affect the cost include 

  • Ease of removing the wallpaper
  • Any necessary repairs to the walls after removal
  • Height of the walls
  • Type and amount of wallpaper being removed
  • Also, if the project generates a lot of trash, a dumpster rental might be necessary adding to the cost.

We understand that every home and project is unique and will provide you with a detailed, personalized estimate based on your specific needs. Our experienced team can efficiently and effectively remove your wallpaper while providing transparent and fair pricing.

What tools are needed to strip wallpaper?

Removing wallpaper can be a daunting task, but with the right tools, the job becomes much simpler. We have years of experience in wallpaper removal and have refined our methods to make the process as efficient and effective as possible. When tackling the project yourself, the following tools are essential:

  1. A spray bottle filled with a diluted wallpaper stripping solution
  2. A bucket of hot water and a sponge
  3. A wallpaper steamer
  4. A drywall scraper (or putty knife)

These tools are all you need to get the job done. First, spray the solution onto the wallpaper and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use the sponge and hot water to remove the top layer of the wallpaper. If needed, use the steamer to soften the remaining adhesive and use the scraper to remove any stubborn pieces. In many cases, you can simply use your fingers to remove the wet wallpaper backing. Once the wallpaper is removed, clean the walls thoroughly with water.

So if you’re looking to strip your wallpaper, these are the tools you’ll want to have on hand.

Ready for your wallpaper to be removed?

We can help! Let us know if you need advice or help with a project. You can call us at (847) 553-1726, text us at (847) 349-4112  or email us by visiting our email form on our contact page. We would love to see how we can help you love the space in your home, with fresh paint, wallpaper, or painted cabinets.

What colors can I paint my cabinets?

We are a cabinet painting company as part of our overall services of the paint industry. Our favorite part of what we do is cabinet painting. With cabinet painting, one of the top questions we are asked is- What colors can I paint my cabinets? So let’s answer that question for you.

Where should I go to get colors for my cabinets?

if you are buying cabinets, especially from a big box store, you will have several options;

  • Stock colors
  • stock stains
  • custom stains
  • customer colors
cherry cabinets painted white

Once you decide to get custom colors, you limit who can do the work, where you can get the cabinets from, how long it will take to get the cabinets, and if you can even get touch up paints for your cabinets.

However when your painting your cabinets we tell our customers that you can go to any big box store, or paint store and select the colors you want. If you found a custom color from someone, as long as we have sample – we can get it matched.- So with us, you can select the color you want to have your cabinets painted.

Are there any colors I cant use when painting cabinets?

We typically say, that you can have your cabinets painted any color you want. Well here is the but.. the very select few colors we cannot use, are the bright whites from Home Depot. I m not sure why, exactly, but it has something to do with the base paint formulas and the type and color or tints being used by Home depot. There bright white colors are like trying to watch someone with a tan, talk with ulta bright venners on their teeth. (thing George Hamilton)- yikes!! You can see some of the most popular colors here..

That really is the restriction of selecting paint colors.

Is it true I can’t wash painted black or dark cabinets?

I don’t know where this question is coming from, and i don’t quite understand it either. Cleaning dark cabinets is not different than cleaning lighter colored ones. Cleaninf darker colors is trickier, as residue will leave behind white marks. I also have to say, Washing is a vague term. If you are asking to power wash your cabients- then the answer is no. If you are wanting to get a sponge with hot soapy water to wash down your cabinets then again the answer it no. Can you clean them with something else? Well- Yeah! Washing wood or painted cabinets is just like taking care of a wood floor, too mush water or chemicals will damage the finish.

We tell people to use either Boma or a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Both are safe for the surfaces, wont void a warranty- (read the labels – some cleaners are listed by the paint/finshes makers are items that void the warranty of their product).

Other questions about painted cabinets?

Short and sweet blog post, to the point, as You see, the above video is about top 3 questions regarding painted cabinets. If you have other questions you would like us it answer for you- let us know how we can help!

How much will it cost to paint my house?

The number 1 question we receive is “How much does it cost to paint my. house”…and then you can also add that same question to all the rest of our services.

So we are putting as much information as possible here so you have an idea of our costs, fees, pricing etc, so when it is time to call us for an estimate you are as well informed as possible. You will see videos from our YouTube Channel as well as links to past articles that will go into more depth as far as estimates or pricing for our painting, wallpaper and cabinet Finishes. So Here we go!

How much …

Fill in the blank. We can help you will almost all of your painting needs such as:

  • painting walls
  • repainting ceilings
  • having your existing painted trim re painted
  • Getting a new coat of paint on interior doors
  • Having 1 room in your house painted
  • Re-painitng your entire home
  • (Cabinet painting – keep scrolling down the page)
  • New construction Painintg
  • Painitng wood stained trim white

Within each of these type of painting services, there are several things we need from you in order to get a accurate estimate to you. For example painting 1 wall vs a whole house, painting a white wall that used to be black. So read on so we can help you with your question the best way. we know

How do I get an estimate to paint my house?

So as you just read, that is quite a list of painting serives that we can offer to you, and that list does not even cover it everything. So we need to have a clear understanding of what services you are looking for. When we are painting a home, we have several ways we can get an estimate to you:

  • On site consultation
  • Estimate from prints or on line listings such as Red Fin
  • texts or emails with room size and dimensions

What We need from you to give you a painting estiamte

When you have called us to get a estimate for painting your home, we will get some basic information;

  • your contact information- we use this so we know who you are, so we can call you, so we can send email confirmations of appointments and the estimate itself.
  • how you found us- if you came from a referral we want to thank that persons for referring us!
  • what are you looking to have painted. 1 room vs a whole house is a quite a difference in our prep work and on site time to prepare that cost for you
  • if you have special paint requests such no VOC
  • are there drywall repairs that need to be made
  • wallpaper removal
  • when your looking to have the work done

What can I expect to pay for painting

Painting walls can cost from $1.10 per square foot to $5.00 per square foot (or more). If we are just painting walls the same color where we can just apply one coat of paint will be on the lower cost, where as if we are painting ceilings, crown molding, window trim, windows, door frames, doors, repairing holes, caulking trim, filling nail holes, taking wood stained trim to white will be much higher.

An average 10×10 bedroom is about $589 with a gallon of paint for walls. This would include:

  • pole sanding walls
  • masking trim
  • covering floors and furniture
  • minor wall repairs
  • removing outlet and switch covers
  • 1 gallon of paint
  • 2 coats of paint

With all of the variables …

It can be hard to just write up a blog to get you a number, I hope some of this help get you prepared to call your paint contractor to get a estimate, so you will have an idea of what to expect when you want to know How much will it cost to paint my house.

Metallic Painted Ceiling

If you are considering painting your home, It can be overwhelming, What to paint, what not to paint, what kind of paint. MY favorite thing to add to a home is a metallic painted ceiling. But I am getting ahead of myself. There are other things to consider before you start getting estimates to paint your home:

  • are you painting your ceilings?
  • do you you need to paint trim
  • will you need drywall repairs made
  • what walls are yougoing to paint
  • which rooms should you paint
  • who should I call

We are here to day to focus on one of these items- ways to paint your ceilings

What are ways to paint or decorate my ceilings

Excellent question! Most homes have flat white painted ceilings. Most ceilings are painted white as well. We are here to say you have options!! Some ways to spruce up your ceilings are:

  • accent colors
  • wallpaper
  • murals
  • metallic painted ceiling
  • lighting

Painting ceilings with Accent colors

This option is pretty self explanatory, as basically you select a color that is close in hue/tone to what your painting on the walls, lighten it, then paint the ceiling that color. Mot people use flat paint for ceilings because it hides imperfections in the drywall and wall it self from previous paint jobs

Metallic painted ceiling!

Here is the bulk of this post- as we get calls here and there and I never did a post just on this application.There are several methods, the two most common are just using metallic paint or having a faux metallic finish to the ceiling.

Metallic washed faux glaxed ceilings are my favorite thing to do for ceilings. But .. you do need to have the right space to do it. Inset ceilings and tray ceilings look the best for sure!

Large tray metallic ceiling

here is another single color metallic color wash or glaze applied to a ceiling

Foyer accent ceiling

large inset or tray ceiling with a 4 color metallic pain, color wash or glaze

Dining Room metallic faux finish

a multi angle tray ceiling with a 2 color metallic color wash faux glazed finish

A barrel ceiling metallic ceiling

barrel ceiling with a metallic color wash

Accent Ceilings

metallc ceiling to accent a wallpaepr installation

Tray Ceilings in multiple rooms

here are two rooms with inset tray ceilngs that we applied a metallic faux finish

How can we help you with your home and painting projects?

These are some ceiling ideas that we have done, they are ideas. Ideas are plentiful, they are open to your imagination and your want to do something different and you may not have seen before. We would love to see how we can help you love the space you’re in!

How much Commercial Wallpaper do I need?

So, you want wallpaper but…

  • Do you want Commercial 54 in vinyl?
  • Maybe you can use a digital mural!
  • Then again, traditional wallpaper looks pretty nice

After weighing your options of different types of wallpaper, you decide commercial wallpaper is the route you want to go. But you’re not sure so you ask “how much commercial wallpaper do I need?”

rolls of wallpaper - how much commercial wallpaper do i need
wallpaper rolls

How do I measure my walls for commercial wallpaper?

We are going to assume that you are looking at 54 inch commercial type II wallpaper. That is the easy part.

Measure each wall that is going to get covered. You need to have the height, width of each wall. That measurement will get you the square footage of the surface that will be getting covered with wallpaper.

Once you have the total square footage, you will need the total yardage needed. In order to get that figure divide the total square footage by 12.5, this gives you the yardage.

Just in case you have some tricky areas like stairs, here is a video on how to figure out how much wallpaper you need for a stairwell.

Other considerations for commercial wallpaper

Once you have decided where the wallpaper will go, there are other things to consider:

  • How high are the walls?
  • Is there a pattern?
  • Is this a straight run or reverse install?
  • Are there obstructions, such as pipes, HVAC vents
  • Will you be wrapping outside corners, or using corner guards?
  • Do you need scaffolding?

How can we help you with your wallpaper installation?

Although a quick post for you, the measuring and dividing is the hardest part. Looking for the above considerations will help to make sure that you get the right amount of commercial wallpaper for your home or business. If you need help or aren’t ready to install wallpaper yourself, contact us!

painting trim white - how to paint trim
Painting Trim White

Do you have wood trim in your house?

Well- duh! yeah! While that may seem like a no brainer question, there are some homes with plastic or foam-based trim in their homes. I would say 95% of all homes have wood trim. I would go further to say most homes have wood trim that has been stained. Most trim that is stained is either Oak or Pine. If you are tired of stained wood then painting your trim white is a great way to give your home an update!

wood trim - how to paint wood trim white
wood trim that has been stained

Can I paint stained wood trim white?

Without a doubt yes! If it is wood it can be painted. There are a few questions we have to ask and you have to consider if you’re going to tackle this job yourself or have us paint it for you.

  • How old is the wood or stain?
  • Is the trim oak or pine?
  • What color is the trim you have now?

So, why the questions? It helps us and you prepare for what we need to do to get your trim painted properly. The age of the stain will determine a few things: the older the stain the more likely it is oil and is peeling in areas exposed to heat/cold or water. If you have oak, that means you will have heavy grain in in the wood that will have to be filled or accept the fact you will see wood grain after it is painted. However, with wood that is pine, the new paint will lay flat and smooth. Then, the color of stain you have now, if it is dark it may mean 2 coats of primer with the two coats of paint.

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wood stained trim painted white

What primer to use for painting trim

There are several really good primers that we use and are readily available. (Of course there are material shortages as of this article which could affect which primer you can find.) We have two favorites: Stix and Odorless oil primers.

Zinsser odorless oil primer
odorless oil primer
Stix bonding primer
stix bonding primer

What is the difference? Quick and easy. The green can is oil so it will block out any tannins, or stains, etc. from bleeding through the paint. The blue can is meant to bond to almost any surface.

What is the process for painting wood trim white

We could get into deatils of this but i will try and keep this simple.

  • You will need to remove all window treatments and brackets mounted to the windows.
  • All the painted surfaces need to be cleaned. We wipe/vac/and then use a cleaner.
  • We mask the walls around the windows to make sure no paint or primer gets on the walls.
  • Next is primer! Roll or brush it on the trim.
  • Once the primer is applied and dried, you must fill in nail holes and caulk all the gaps you see that will look like black lines.
  • We then do a quick sand to smooth out the surface.
  • Finally!! We paint.

This a a quick checklist and we could get into details but with Youtube, you can see the details like the types of brushes and rollers to use, what kind of paint to use, or tape to use.

Should you paint walls before painting trim?

Easy question and easy answer in my opinion- NO! If you paint the walls first then you have to wait for the paint to cure and you will then have to mask the walls. One of the issues we have is when the walls are masked is you don’t know what you will have to work with. Did the walls get primed? Were the walls dirty the last time they were painted? These are just two reasons that even with a delicate tape there are high chances that the tape will pull the paint off the wall in places.

How can we help you with your painting questions

So, do you have any questions? Let us know how we can help!

dfranco painting wallpaper logo - painters elgin il

We are here to help you love the space you’re in!!

Installing wallpaper for HGTV!

Yep, you read it right! You are going to see us on HGTV!

Last year right before covid hit we received a call from a long time general contractor, Jason Silver of Silver Bullet Remodeling, to help in a new HGTV show called $50K Three Ways!! After thinking about what he said and asking if I heard him correctly, it was a Tommy Breadlove “Hell Yes”!! So after a few minutes, we find out we will be installing wallpaper for HGTV, 6 episodes, of this new show with host Tiffany Brooks.

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What is $50K Three Ways?

This is a new show on HGTV, which features the above host, Tiffany, presenting 3 ways to remodel or improve a home with a budget of $50,000.00.  Kind of cool!  All of these shows are filmed at homes in the Chicagoland area.

50K 3 Ways HGTV - dfranco wallpaper
A pic of a pic from the TV show
Dfranco team with Tiffany Brooks - Installing Wallpaper for HGTV

Daniel and I with Tiffany Brooks

Installing wallpaper on camera

This was very fun and cool to do, covid protocols made it interesting, testing testing testing.  Each job we did included us with a mic and a camera man taping everything we did. We have one episode where we get to speak and interact with Tiffany, fun, she has some energy for sure!!

Lights! Camera! HGTV!!

I know I was more nervous about the humming or occasional whistling that I do, or a not so nice word if I made a mistake, but it was worry for nothing. They were a great and professional crew to work for and with.

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gettng ready fpr another episode of HGTV
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Painting for HGTV
50k 3 ways hgtv set
Quiet on the set!

Where and when can you see us on HGTV?

The shows are airing on Mondays at 6:30 and 7:30 CST. But!! They are also running during the week, hoping we get to do season 2!

Refinish a Wood Table or Buy New?

Are you thinking of buying new furniture?

Then we may be able to help you think of a few things you may want to consider. Buying new furniture can be fun for sure. But if you are asking “should I or can I Refinish a wood table or buy new?”, then we help you answer that question in today’s blog.

Refinish a wood table or buy new

Things to consider to refinish your existing furniture

How does it look?

  •  Do you have unsightly water rings on the top of your table?
  • Are there issues with stain that has been worn off the edges?
  • How about scratches on the surface?
  • Maybe you hate the look of it (I can’t help you with that one)

What kind of shape is it in?

  • Is anything broken?
  • Would you consider it cheap? Is it held together by small cheap nuts and bolts that keep coming apart?

What kind of wood is it?

  • How about finding out if it is even wood!  If it is particle board or MDF don’t read any further…the answer is NO, buy a new one.
  • Maple is a great wood but it is also very hard to refinish with a new stain. Great for painting. We can refinish/clear coat it though!
  • Oak is fairly easy to re-stain, refinish and paint.
  • Cherry is another one that is great to touch up with stain, refinish or paint.
  • If it’s pine you should consider buying new – very soft wood that makes it hard to keep a good finish on.

What is your budget for new furniture?

First question is what is the table worth to you? If you want to really debate refinish wood table or buy new, budget means everything. A quality solid wood table will be hard to replace compared to the cost of refinishing it. Some things they just don’t make like they used too.

I mentioned the wood, older woods just have a look that can no longer be made.

  • Older woods had longer to grow.
  • They also were grown in soil and growing conditions that differ from what they are today
  • The wood being used now has been modified to grow faster and differently. This results in different grains

Custom made pieces from places like Amish furniture stores are great. They will last longer than you. But that comes with a cost.

We ask this question to customers that are debating new kitchen cabinets– if there is nothing wrong with the cabinets and you just want something different then refinish it!

 What type of color or finish do you want?

Just like we do for customers that redo their kitchen cabinets you have options. Some of those options are based on the type of wood you have as we talked about above.

  • Are you thinking of painting a solid color?
  • Maybe you want chairs to be natural wood but the table painted?
  • Re-staining the table a new stain can be fun as you can really have fun with colors, glazing, and antiquing.
  • Do you want a new clear finish? Now you can decide if you want flat, satin, semi gloss, or gloss!

If you watch HGTV or look at Pinterest, then you will find options for the options.

Why you should not refinish your existing table or furniture

If you have never done this before don’t start with this!  Large, flat surfaces will make you frustrated for sure!

Just like our cabinet refinishing process, you must make sure you do all of the prep work so that you will have successful results.

As I mentioned above, if it is falling apart don’t bother unless you need the practice.

There are plenty of ways you can paint furniture so don’t take what we say as gospel. We just want to make sure that you have the results you want. Personally, when I have an image of what it will look like and it doesn’t work out I get mad. That is what we want to eliminate.

If you are not sure what to do call us!  We will give you the straight no BS answer. No obligation, no hidden agenda. Just honest information so you can make the best choice on what to do.

Let us know how we can help you love the space you’re in!


Should I paint my cabinets with high gloss paint?

That is a loaded question- kind of like do I look fat in these pants!

Ok, so you want to paint your cabinets.  You want something with a “pop” – shiny.  So you may be asking yourself “should I paint my cabinets with high gloss paint?” The better question(s) is/are:

  • Can you paint with high sheen paint?
  • Will the items you are painting look good in a high sheen paint?
  • What will happen if the high sheen paint is scratched or damaged?

Let’s take a look at these questions as part of the overall question of should I…

What does high sheen paint look like?

high gloss paint

high gloss red paint

This furniture piece is painted with a very high gloss (almost 90 degree sheen). This particular paint is from Fine Paints of Europe.  The level of difficulty in application is very high- we have only done it twice!

There are several reasons for the level of difficulty with this material:

  • Cost- it is 2-3 times more expensive than other high gloss paints
  • It is the highest level sheen home type paint you can buy
  • The dry time is from 6 hours to 12 hours depending on which type you get
  • It will attract dust while drying
  • You need to have a negative atmosphere to pull away all dust-overspray etc.
  • It should be polished after it dries (24 plus hours)
  • The surface it is being applied to must be perfectly smooth like a car
  • This product requires a special primer prior to being painted- again expensive!

Now that you are armed with that information, do you want to go to the effort and expense? As this product dries and is complete- keep in mind there is no getting a brush and touching up a nick, scratch, ding etc. You are repainting entire sections.

Armed with this knowledge, do you want a high sheen paint on your cabinets?

Other options to high sheen paints for cabinets

Keep in mind that every paint store sells a gloss paint. Each paint manufacturer has different degrees of sheen level unique to their products.  Different paint manufacturers also have their own twist on gloss paints such as:

  • Latex
  • Acrylic
  • Lacquer
  • Oil
  • Alkyd
  • Waterborne
  • Hybrids

Each of these paints has their own level of gloss from 20, 30, 35, 40, 60, 80 degree- that is how the sheen level is measured.  80 would be gloss, 60 would be semi-gloss.

black high gloss paint - repainting cabinets

Benjamin Moore high gloss black butler pantry

In each of these paint makers and sheens presents a more affordable option to get a higher sheen paint for your cabinets.  Companies like Benjamin Moore, Ilva, ML Campbell, and Envirolak all sell paints made for cabinets with higher sheen levels that can be applied by most cabinet refinishers.  These paints do require someone with experience and the right tools to prepare and apply these paints to provide a solid finish.

medium gloss paint

Ilva medium gloss(60) sheen entertainment unit

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Ilva medium gloss (60) sheen mantle

Will you like high sheen paint in your home?

Think of this, would you want furniture in your home to be shiny like your car? Aside from the difficulty in repairs when they are damaged, they do offer some other advantages:

  • Wow factor – everyone will say wow
  • Light reflection – looks pretty cool
  • Washability – much higher than low sheens
  • Feel/touch – there is a huge difference in how these higher sheen paints feel when you touch them

Cost to paint high gloss paint on your cabinets

I can only go into the cost that it takes for us to produce a high gloss great looking finish. There are multiple steps compared to traditional cabinet prep.

These steps differ depending on what we paint but it gives you an idea of the extra time and materials needed:

  • Surface must be cleaned and solid
  • Soft surfaces (drywall and pine) will need a primer that dries hard and flat
  • All imperfections must be removed- this requires a level 5 finish on everything- ultra perfect smooth
  • With each repair that is made, the repair must be sanded and sealed then sanded again
  • The surfaces must be cleaned of dust at all times
  • Air scrubbers or movers will need to be used to keep dust and over spray away from the painted surfaces
  • The surfaces must be sanded with degrees of sandpaper from 200, 320, 400, 600 an 800 or higher to remove any scratches or marks in the surface being painted.
  • Any dirt on the floors around the surfaces being painted must be removed from the area to prevent dirt/dust blowing into paint
  • Primers used must fully cure-8-24 hours
  • Paints used can take from 6-24 hours to cure
  • Paint must be allowed to dry 2-3 days then buffed like a car to get the ultra high sheen

Looking at all of the above items – the time it takes is usually 4-5 times longer than traditional cabinet painting.  We typically charge $105 per door, but  you can expect 4-500 per door depending on the degree of prep you need to take, in order to get a finish like the red image above.

What do you want your cabinets to look like?  Should I paint my cabinets with high gloss paint? Maybe. But we can help you figure it out! Give us a call, text or email and let us know how we can help you love the space you’re in.

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