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What to Expect During the
Refinishing Process

How much will it cost?

As a safe estimate, expect 4 to 6 times less expensive than the costs of replacing your cabinets with new ones for an averaged sized kitchen.

Initial Set up:

All of your doors and drawers will be removed and will be refinished off-site to minimize the inconvenience to you and your family and to maximize finished results in a dust-free environment. All of your belongings can remain in the cabinets and drawers during the entire process.


We will protect all of your kitchen surfaces during the refinishing process. We can work around all appliances and will treat your kitchen like it's our own.

Offsite Refinishing Process:

  • The most important part of the job is the first coat, a top-quality, oil-based primer, which will not scratch or peel off your existing cabinet surface.
  • Once the primer dries overnight, the cabinets are caulked where needed, and then two finish coats of premium alkyd oil-based finish are applied, allowing each coat to dry overnight as well.
  • Meanwhile, at the shop we sand, prep, spray prime and spray finish the cabinet doors and drawer fronts.

Finishing Process:

  • The final day we return the freshly sprayed doors from our shop, to re-install the door hardware, and re-hang the doors.
  • This is also the perfect opportunity to upgrade your cabinet hardware, with new hinges, handles and knobs.
  • Depending on the type of cabinet doors you have, you may even be able to change the style of your hinges.
  • We can also provide any additional interior painting to your kitchen or bath to match the new color of your cabinets as well as new crown molding accents!

Average Job Length:

This always depends on the size of your kitchen and the amount of work that will be done to achieve your desired look. On most occasions, if you are simply changing the color of your kitchen with a glaze applied, it will take on average of 7 to 10 days. This is purely due to allowing proper time for cabinet coatings to dry between coats and prep time for the project. If you find a person who claims they can refinish your kitchen any faster be aware that they are most likely cutting corners with your kitchen refinishing. I keep in touch with the best refinishers across the country and there are no shortcuts when it comes to proper steps to refinishing cabinets. Chemical de-glossers or no-sanding solutions should never be used. There is a reason why all of the fine furniture and refinishers around the world are still sanding manually with good old-fashioned sandpaper (please see below for more information).

Is sanding necessary?

We feel that sanding is one of the most important parts in preparation for any refinishing project. There are products out there that claim their product will stick to an un-sanded surface. There are also DIY products that have solvent-based and water-based solutions that are applied to an existing surface instead of sanding. These are known as de-glossers, liquid de-glossers, liquid sandpaper, and other "proprietary" no sand solutions that are all the same thing with varying chemicals. You eliminate the dust when they are used so it's something that creates interest for a homeowner and do-it-yourselfers. There are problems with these products and the manufacturers will never tell you anything negative about their product. No-Sand solutions don't do any real sanding, they only dissolve or etch the surface coat to remove the gloss. All cabinets have some sort of imperfections and roughness to them which should be smoothed and leveled before they are refinished and at Cabinet Doctor of the Tri-Cities will do this with actual sandpaper on each and every project. To learn more about why sanding is so important to the quality of your finished product, give us a call today!

Cabinet Doctor of the Tri-Cities is ready to restore your cabinets to their former glory! Call us today!