Before we start the project:

1. Clear off your countertops

2. Empty your cabinets until there’s at least 8” of space, and make sure that area is free of any dirt & grease. The extra space will allow us to safely remove the cabinet doors from the boxes and mask off the openings.

3. Empty the drawers completely. This will allow us to remove the drawer faces and mask off the inside of the drawers for the refinishing.

4. Remove hanging calendars, pictures, fixtures etc. from the cabinets and walls near the cabinets.

5.  Remove any tape stuck on the cabinets.

6. Empty the dishwasher and the sink.

7. Clean any dust & grease off these areas:

  • 1. Top of the fridge

  • 2. Stove & oven

  • 3. Range hood (be sure to check the top of the range hood – it can get greasy!)

  • 4. Rubber seal on the dishwasher & the inside of the dishwasher door

  • (We need a clean surface on these things so we can stick our tape to them and mask them off properly).

8. If we’re coating the paneling that’s covered by appliances such as the fridge or stove, you’ll need to move them for us before we paint the frames. This is usually done on day 3 or 4 of the project, and we’ll let you know when we’ll need them moved. We need at least 3 feet of space to properly coat these surfaces.

  • We will let you know exactly when we’ll need this done depending on the length of your project

    If you’re not sure how to do this safely or need tips, get in touch with us and we can help you out!

9. If you have new hardware for us to install, remove the packaging from all the knobs, pulls and screws. Separate them into separate piles like the picture below:

During the project

1. Please don’t cook while we’re working in the kitchen. Yes, this kind of goes without saying, but unfortunately we still have to explicitly tell people this. We need the space!

2. It is OK to cook and use your cabinets after we’re done working for the day, but you need to be extremely gentle when handling the woodwork. The cabinets will have little to no scratch resistance until the finish cures 48 hours after the work is completed

3. Please wait to inspect the project until it is completely finished. There are many steps in our process that don’t get done until the second, third or fourth day

4. Please maintain a respectful distance from our technicians. We frighten easily!

After we finish the project

Be gentle with your cabinets for around a week while the coatings cure. It will be dry to the touch immediately after we're done, but it needs time to harden so it can get its scratch resistance. If you need to access anything inside the cabinets immediately, you may open the cabinets from one of the corners or edges as long as you do it gently.

Cabinet care guide

1. Our recommended cleaner is either a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar & water or Dawn dish soap and water (just use a small squirt of Dawn). You can fill an empty spray bottle with either of these solutions for easy access. Both cleaners will cut the grease but will still be gentle on your cabinetry

2. Use a microfiber towel or cloth to clean with

3. DON’T use abrasive cleaners, strong soaps or bleach. Even some brands of all-natural soaps can be harmful to the finish.

4. DON’T clean with Scotch-Brite Pads or Magic Erasers, as they’re abrasive and can mar the finish coating.

5. DON’T use any oil-based soaps or polishes like: Murphy’s Oil Soap, Liquid Gold, Old English, etc. Wood oils will attract dirt and debris making your cabinets wear faster over time.