Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors
Restoring Your Home’s Cabinets, Drawers and Doors

If you're like many people in Wisconsin, perhaps you are hunkering down and getting cozy during the winter months. Or, if you are like some of us at Lakeside Painting, then maybe you're out skiing, snowmobiling or ice-fishing. Either way, since no home improvement can be done to residential exteriors this time of year, now is the ideal time for home interior projects.

There are many home interior projects that can be undertaken during the winter, like painting, wallcovering, and refinishing hardwood floors. All of these things can really make a home interior pop like new. But another project that we here at Lakeside Painting often find ourselves undertaking is the restoration or refurbishing of a home's cabinets, drawers and doors.

Why Refinish?

If you think about it, these features occupy a lot of surface space in a home, and far from simply entry points or areas for storing things like kitchenware, clothes, games, and so on, they are also a primary aesthetic surfaces. Over time, these surfaces experience a great deal of wear and tear, from fading paint to chips and dings (doubly so if you've got a household of young kids). Apart from the more abrasive activity visited on cabinets, drawers and doors, things like dirt and grime also build up on their surfaces over time, creating a pretty unattractive look. For these reasons, as well as to simply enhance a home's overall interior aesthetic, homeowners will chose to have these surfaces refinished, whether that means restoring the original look or imparting a brand new look.

Also worth noting is that refinishing cabinets, doors and drawers is that it is far cheaper than completely replacing them. So, if these surfaces are in good shape, we recommend refinishing them—it's easier on the wallet.

Cleaning the Surfaces

The first thing that we do at Lakeside Painting is clean the doors, drawers and cabinets. Typically this means removing them to do this effectively, but also keep our painters out of your way as much as possible. Doors to the exterior home will obviously need to be kept installed, but doors that open into certain rooms of the house can be removed, cleaned and refinished. At Lakeside, we have a second facility that we use exclusively for cleaning and applying new finishes to cabinets, drawers and doors.

Coatings and Decorative Finishes

Once cleaned, we can give these surfaces pretty much any look that homeowners might want. If homeowners want an entirely new look, we work with them to determine what that might be, and whether they want the coating to counterpoint the wall and ceiling paint (or wallcovering pattern, for that matter). We also do decorative finishes, so effects like glazing, crackle and faux finishes, or something like the vintage or rustic look, where we make it look elegantly "lived in."

If homeowner's want the existing look for their cabinets, drawers and doors, then we find the paint or stain used in the original coat, and apply it. A newer paint that looks great on these surfaces is Sherwin-Williams's Emeral Urethane Trim Enamel. Some work is done by hand with brushes and other tools, while other work is done with sprayers. Whatever the look, the utmost care and craftsmanship is imparted into the surfaces. After completing the new finishing, we bring the cabinets, drawers and doors back to the home and reinstall them. We can also do things like apply new hardware to these items, like handles, hinges and so on.

Learn more about our cabinet painting services.

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