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Cabinet Painting FAQs

 Cabinet Painting FAQs

What is the hottest thing in painting?  Painting cabinets or more specifically painting over the golden oak cabinets that no one wants any more.  If you have a home built in the 90’s you are likely all too familiar with golden oak.  Now some people want to keep the wood look, and for them we can stain the cabinets a darker color while allowing the grain to be seen.  Most people want to paint their cabinets now.  Here are some frequently asked questions by our customers.

Will the paint job be durable and last over time?

This is the number one question we get.  Why, because so many cabinets are painted incorrectly and everyone has seen cabinets that are chipping and peeling.  A painted cabinet can last a very long time when done correctly.  If you just slap some primer and paint on, they will fail.  If all the prep steps are followed you will get many years of enjoyment out of your paint job.  While the type of primer and paint are important, the most critical part is the prep work steps.

How long does it take to paint cabinets?

A typical size kitchen will take about a week to complete from start to finish.  It is all about the process.  It takes time from taking the cabinets apart, to putting them back together.  When someone says they can paint kitchen cabinets in 2-3 days they are cutting corners.  They typically aren’t removing hardware, cleaning, and skipping other steps.  Ideally we do all the cabinet pieces on site to avoid transporting items, but when there is no ability to do so we take them to our shop to finish. 

How do you prep the cabinets so they last?

It is all about the prep work in painting and this couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to painting cabinets.  First we take everything apart, all the hardware comes off and we label where things go.  Next we clean all the surfaces to remove dirt and grease.  Then we sand all the surfaces to degloss the wood so the prime can properly adhere.  Then we prime the surfaces with a quality primer.  Then we sand again to ensure everything is nice and smooth.  Then we go through and caulk joints, trim pieces, etc.  Finally we apply 2 coats of high quality semi gloss paint for the finish.  Once everything is dry we put everything back together, clean up, and put clean bumpers on the backs of all doors and drawers.

Can I use my kitchen while you paint my cabinets?

The quick answer is no.  Honestly it is inconvenient, but it is temporary.  We mask and cover your floors, counters, appliances, walls to protect all the surfaces.  Some people may brush and roll the cabinet bases, which can allow for you to use small parts of your kitchen when they are not working.  We spray the bases so that you get a nice smooth finish, which requires everything to be covered. 

Will I still see the grain of my oak?

There are products called grain fillers that can be used to completely smooth out the grain, but this is a very expensive process that most people don’t want to pay for.  If this is the process someone desires, the cost is equal to replacing the doors & drawers.  With our process the grain is not obvious; it fills all the pits so the grain doesn’t stand out.  If you get close at certain angles you can see the grain, but from a normal distance/view the grain is not visible.

If you are interested in painting your cabinets call us at 530-753-5074 or go to our website where you can see examples of our work and also can schedule an estimate.  We service all of Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado counties.  Let Brooks Painting transform your cabinets.

Our Promises to You

1. We’re committed to your project’s success

A lot of painters do the bare minimum, just to get by and move on. That’s not who we are or how we’ve built our reputation.

2. You can feel comfortable with our team

From the estimator to our office team, field employees to Crew Leader, we want you to know that you’re valued, cared for, and safe.

3. We’ll do the job correctly

You deserve total transparency, accountability, and exceptional work. No skipped steps or opting for the “easy way.”

4. We’ll stand by our job

Because we know we’re doing it all the right way, we can confidently stand by our work. We’re picky, and we want you to be 100% satisfied.

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We are long time happy customers with many positive experiences with Brooks Painting. We have appreciated the assistance (and patience) with selecting paint colors, the professionalism of the staff and the high quality of workmanship. We recently had some interior painting done and the crew was on time, neat, careful inside the house and very easy to work with. They also cheerfully handled some unexpected drywall repair. I highly recommend Brooks Painting.

Teri Greenfield

What a difference!! We hired Brooks Painting to do both an interior refresh painting and a completely new exterior color. Everything was handled professionally and as promised. The team, from estimator to office to painters on site, was responsive, friendly and skilled. Brooks Painting is the most reliable contractor we have ever hired. Thank you Jeremy, Dan, Israel, and Kristen.

Joie Watson

We chose Brooks Painting based on their excellent reputation. It was an excellent choice! We had them do a complete exterior and almost complete interior painting of our two story house. They were done separately, while we were out of town. We are very pleased with the quality of the work. They even fixed up a few mistakes made by a crew that painted a portion of our interior ceilings a month prior (removal of asbestos popcorn ceiling), at no extra charge. Cleanup was great, also. They repaired some dry rot that was uncovered (extra charge, but worth it), and they even moved furniture back into place as well as put back the curtain rods that I had taken down, which wasn't expected. I highly recommend them, and will use them again for any future paint jobs.

Charlie Russell

We would recommend them highly. [They] painted and did a good job. Kept everything clean and cleaned up after, very polite.

Muriel Y.

They are on time! They show up! It was a big job and they were good and fast. Very nice guys.

Tracy W.

Efficient, prompt, dependable, quality, respectful, friendly and caring.

Marilou R., Winters

Listened to my needs and offered good suggestions. Customer confidence in value and quality.

John K.

Courteous and well mannered, attentive, discussed complete job and provided good service.

Juan C., C.H.P.

Bud was always available and extremely knowledgeable. He was always willing to go that extra step and also explain things thoroughly.

Michelle B.

Chris and Gabriel were amazing. Corey was patient and helpful in answering questions and while I decided on colors. The office was easy to contact and had good follow-through. Thank you so much to Brooks for a job I could not possibly be happier with. Feel free to use me as a reference!

Laura P

Brooks Painting has be in business a long time in our area. As a native resident we have seen and heard of their professional & quality painting. In looking for bids on painting our house Brooks was referred numerous times. When Jeremy came out to meet us we were sold on using their services and looked no further. Every aspect of this company was very upfront, professional and made us feel safe, valued and comfortable hiring them. The office staff kept good communication with us. The color matching was perfect. The crew showed up on time, were respectful and did a great job from prep to the final end of the project. The warranty offered was a plus and the liability coverage gave us peace of mind also. The price was well worth all that was included in the project so we had little to do but move our stuff away from the house. Thank you Brooks painting, crew and staff for making our home new again :)

Karen Boone

You are an excellent company and I couldn't be any happier with your work. This is your second job for me and both were excellent.

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