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How to Interview a Cabinet Painter

While the process of selecting a painter for your cabinet projects can feel daunting, here are some basic questions to ask when interviewing. Some of these are not a ‘Right or Wrong’ question, but more to make you stop and think about your preference (such as emptying cabinets).

  1. Does the painter spray the doors, or are you alright with them brush painting the doors? (You should always insist on seeing a sample of their work to approve their technique.)
  2. Are you required to empty all your cabinets and drawers during the project?
  3. Do they paint the doors on site at your house taking up space in your home, or do they take them offsite?
  4. Is the painter insured in case something happens like a spilled gallon of paint on your new floors or carpet?
  5. Do they offer a one year free touch up service?
  6. Do they use a 3 step prep process? (NO COMPROMISE HERE)
  7. What do they use for primer?  (If they tell you they don’t prime, RUN.)
  8. Do they use tried and true products with 10+ years of proven results, or are they using a trendy new product that just hit the market without a track record of endurance?
  9. Do they have a process to ensure the elimination and/or reduction of visible brush strokes?
  10. Do they know how to consult on what sheen to use, and are they well versed in the pros and cons?

Here are 2nd Chance Restoration’s answers to those questions:

  1. We spray the doors and drawers, and brush the bases (the part of the cabinet that is installed and stays at your house)
  2. We do not require emptying of doors and drawers. We tape off the cabinets from the inside, and we use a process that minimizes any sanding dust. You can rest assure that we clean each cabinet and countertop at the end of each work day of any dust that did result from the work.
  3. Doors and drawers are taken offsite. We treat each job the way that we would want it done and don’t set up long ladders and dropcloths in your home being in your way during the projects and making a mess in your house.
  4. We are insured and licensed in the State of Connecticut (HIC.0650532 )
  5.  We do!
  6. Every inch of your cabinets need to be cleaned, deglossed and sanded THOROUGHLY–we never compromise creating the optimal environment for paint adhesion.
  7. We work primarily with two professional grade primers and choose based off of the wood (one that blocks out stains and tannins for wood ones for example).  If a painter tells you the product they use does not require primer, this is just laziness and if they are cutting corners here, they will cut corners elsewhere too.
  8. We use paint products that are revered within the industry with a proven track record and a solid reputation for endurance and durability.
  9. We sand (and sand, and sand) between every coat to start the next coat off with the smoothest foundation and minimized brush strokes.
  10. It’s simple to look around a home and see what the kitchen will be put through day to day and suggest the appropriate finish. We also pride ourselves on having the confidence to stand by our recommendations and comfortably explaining the pros and cons of Satin, SemiGloss and HighGloss.

Happy Interviewing!

About 2CR

How it Started

This desk is the start of my story. I had just lost my corporate job and didn’t have a proper desk in which to sit and do a job search. I stopped down to our local Stratford Habitat Restore, and found this mid century orange oak table that fit all the right dimensions I needed (except it was ugly). Threw her in the back of the SUV and brought her home (oh if I only knew then how many more hundreds of times that would happen lol).

I spent days sanding her down, staining her and painstakingly painting, stenciling and glazing. I was so proud of all my hard work and happily posted it on my personal FB page (2nd Chance Restoration wasn’t even a glimmer in my eye) to show my FB friends. 3 people tried to buy it off me 😜–then the first request came in for me to refinish a desk for a friend, and then a second, and then a third. It snowballed from there and we’ve done over 25 desks alone the last few years. This desk is still my workspace to this day and remains an important part of my daily inspiration 

About 2CR

First Blog Post

So this is our 6th year in business, but do you know how the name came about? My sister had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and I had recently lost my corporate job and filling my time painting obscure furniture and transporting puppy mill dogs to their new furever homes for Rescue Road Warriors.

The funds from my painting work were donated that year to my sister’s Breast Cancer walk that went to research giving a second chance to survivors. The business was also giving me a second chance at a career by helping me reinvent myself. The profits were supporting my gas expense as I gave the puppy mill pups a second chance at a loving home instead of a cage. Then there’s the obvious that my new passion was giving forgotten furniture a second chance as well. Hence how the name came to be.