FAQ

During my kitchen remodel, when should I have the cabinets restored? Do I do countertops, floors, or walls first?

Have us to a test area first before you decide on countertops / floors / wall colors. This way you'll know the final look of your cabinets and will be able to decide what colors best compliment your cabinets.

Cabinets can be restored before or after the other projects are done - we recommend you do whatever best fits your schedule.

    If you choose to restore the cabinets first:

  • You won't need to worry about your cabinets during countertop and flooring installation. Professionals will make sure the cabinets are preserved during the remodel, since most of the time they're installing countertops and flooring around brand new cabinets anyway.
  • If you're having painting done or are doing it yourself, we recommend using Yellow FrogTape to protect your cabinets. You can find it in most hardware stores and online!
  • If you're planning on doing flooring / countertops yourself and you need advice on protecting your cabinets, contact us and we'll help you out!

    If you choose to restore the cabinets after your remodel:

  • We always protect your kitchen with towels, tarps and tape to leave the area clean after the job is done.

Can you change the color of my cabinets with your restoration process?

Not really. Our process is meant to restore your cabinets back to their original color. Sometimes our before and after photos appear to change the color of the cabinets - this is because damage can make the wood look lighter in certain areas. You should expect that the color of your cabinets will be mostly the same, but with the damage restored.

We always do a test area on one of your worst cabinets so you can see what your cabinets will look like before you decide to go forward with the project. And yes, it's always free!

Can you remove the yellowing from my cabinets?

Not really. It's normal for certain woods to amber as they age (especially Maple and Oak). Our restoration process will blend in damaged areas with the same color as the surrounding wood so you get a consistent look throughout the kitchen. The only way to get rid of the yellowing is through traditional refinishing, but your cabinets will likely become yellow again in a few years as they age.

My cabinets are painted and I want to go back to the original wood look. Can you do that?

No - we don't do any stripping or sanding, which is more in the line of traditional refinishing. There are options if you're looking for someone to do this kind of work for you though. Sometimes furniture repair and restoration shops will take on kitchen cabinet jobs, but don't be surprised if it costs the same as new cabinets! Labor costs for this kind of work are very high.

We strongly recommend you look into repainting your cabinets a different color instead of doing one of the above options. The price will be reasonable, and you can still get a great look in your kitchen if it's done by a professional. Most painting companies will do cabinets, so check it out!

Do I need to be present for the duration of the project?

We'll need you to be present when we do the test area and at the end when the project is completed so we can do the walk-through. We are bonded and insured! Some customers leave us a house key so we can complete the job while they're at work. It's up to you to decide what you're most comfortable with.