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Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Our First Blog Entry

10.09.17

Tips for Hiring or not Hiring a Painting Contractor


1. Compare a few different contractors. There are different ways to gather contractor information to compare for the job. First, ask friends and family members. If there’s someone’s paint job that you admire, ask them for a reference. You can also look at internet sites or talk to the professionals at the paint stores to get the contact information for different painters. Contact at least three of them and ask for estimates to get a good idea of who will give you the best quality.


2. When meeting any contractor for the first time, it’s good to get to know the representative for that company; ideally, it’s the owner. There are about 30 minutes or so where we as contractors and clients get to know each other. Therefore, as clients, you should ask about the company (in general), workmanship, product knowledge and even informal questions. These are types of questions a client could ask in order to understand who they are hiring. Also, clients can tell when a painter knows his trade by the way they explain and show enthusiasm for their work. Lastly, clients should also do their own research, which allows them to have a better understanding of painting.


3. Is your painter a “Straight-hander”? This is a term in the painting business that refers to a skilled painter who can paint edges and/or “cut the surface” without the guide of tape. Meaning, they can paint a straight line along the borders of the wall without having to mask off the opposing surface. This can only be achieved through many years of painting experience.


4. Make sure something is signed. Once you do hire a contractor, it’s important that both of you understand what the other expects. Draft up a detailed contract that includes what is to be painted and cleaned up, what colors will be painted where, warranties, and how much will be paid for the services. This prevents miscommunication and other issues.


5. Lastly, a good quality painter will not be the “cheapest” quote you receive. There is an old saying that says, “Good labor is not cheap, and cheap labor is not good.” There are far too many ways a painter can ruin your project aside from poor painting skills. Many painters will water down paint or purchase low quality paint. Many will low ball a bid to get the job and then nickel and dime you on things intentionally left off of a vague contract. Many will do a one coat application when two coats were promised. Be aware and use your instincts. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the most expensive quote will be your best bet either. You don’t want to get taken to the cleaners. My general rule of thumb when receiving quotes on any project is to throw out the lowest and the highest bids first, then settle on one of the middle range quotes based on all above tips. 

6 Reasons to Hire a Pro to Paint your Kitchen Cabinets

11.06.17

The first question you need to answer is “Should I paint my cabinets?” The answer is; only you can answer that! All we can tell you now is that painted cabinets are HOT, HOT, HOT! Our calls for cabinet painting over the past four years have more than tripled. Gone are the days of honey oak and cherry cabinets. Bring on the whites, grays, blue-grays, fern, cream, and even - hold the phones - black painted cabinets! 


Paint covers many sins, and that includes scratches in the finish of your wood cabinets and the spots where the varnish has worn thin from scrubbing. While you technically can undertake this task by yourself, we’re pretty convinced you will save your time, frustration and additional expense simply by hiring a professional to tackle the painting and make your kitchen look amazing.


Here are the top 6 reasons you should avoid the regret that could come with a DIY project in this instance.


1. It can save your Marriage/Relationship.

You may think this is an exaggeration, and in a way, it is, but we really have seen the brink of separation due to disagreements on how to tackle a project of this size. While some DIYers just want to roll on some latex paint for a quick and easy update, others prefer to get a more professional finish by spraying an enamel. not to mention the mass differences in the way ones prefer to prep, and the age-old debate about whether or not it’s truly necessary to remove all doors and drawers before painting.


2. This is not a weekend job

It may feel like slapping a few coats of paint over your otherwise in-good-shape cabinets will be quick and easy, but let us assure you, it is anything but! Before you can even get started on the project, you’ll need to prep and prime all of the pieces, and that includes removing all of the doors, drawers and hardware too. Experts recommend that you put aside a minimum of four to seven days to thoroughly prepare, clean and sand your cabinets before you can start, and then you’ll need extra time for to allow each coat to dry.


3. Detailed preparation is critical

Not only do you have to remove all of the cabinets doors and drawers from their base along with all of the hardware, but you’ll also need to vigorously scrub, sand and prime the cabinets as well. Each step leads toward getting the best possible adhesion between your cabinets and your new paint, so it’s really a must.


4. You MUST stay organized

Imagine pulling off all of your cabinet doors, drawers and hardware, getting everything painted and dried and ready to put back together only to find that you’re missing a few critical screws or perhaps you’ve got cabinets that don’t fit quite right. If you’re not careful about labeling the cabinets with masking tape and marker as you remove them and keeping all of your hardware in bags, you’re going to have quite a few frustrating days ahead of you when you go to put everything back together.


5. Spray painting isn’t an option

When you’re painting your kitchen cabinets, spray painting really isn’t an option unless you’re willing to accept potential runs and thin spots in the paint where the wood can bleed through. Over spray is also a big challenge unless you’re working outside or on a workbench in your garage, but then what about the cabinet bases? Are you really going to mask off your entire kitchen to spray paint the cabinet bases?


6. There’s no going back

Once you’ve painted your cabinets, there’s really no going back to the wood without a long and arduous process of sanding and stripping the wood, refinishing it and more. You need to be really sure that it’s going to look good, and a pro can take a peek at your kitchen and give you a good idea about whether or not it’s going to be something that will fit in with your overall look.


Here at da Vinci Painting, we complete one singular cabinet and assemble back into place as a sample, or tasting if you will, of your finished product. Once approved, then and only then will we begin applying paint to the remainder of cabinets. This way you get to see what your color choice will look like in your space and lighting. This is confidence in knowing you have made the right choice and will love the final outcome!


As you can see, you can run into some serious frustration when you attempt to paint your own cabinets. Call da Vinci Painting instead, and let us come take a look and provide you with professional and stunning kitchen cabinets that are worthy of the Masterpiece you call home.