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Archive for March 2010

Decorative Finishing Alternatives for Cabinet Refinishing

Faux painting techniques give you wonderful options to refinish cabinets. What can you do besides just painting your cabinets? First, you have to decide what you do not like about your cabinets. Is it the color of the stain? Many times, people will get tired of the “golden oak” or the “pickled” look of their cabinets, but they like the idea of their cabinets looking like stained wood.

Cabinets Before Faux Painting

Cabinets Before Faux Painting

You are not limited by the color of your stained cabinets. Cabinets can be given the look of walnut or mahogany. This can be accomplished without having to strip your existing cabinets. Additionally, you can save at least $10,000-$20,000 in the process.

Our decorative finishers would first apply a coat of transparent bonding primer. Then one or two coats of a stain glaze would be applied to give you the color you desire. Our painters would then apply a coat or two of varnish.

Cabinets After Faux Finishing

Cabinets After Faux Finishing

“No, I am tired of the wood look. What are my options?” Painting your cabinets is a fine option. The new waterborne enamels give you a beautiful look, because of their ability to easily level off. The secret is to clean the surfaces well, use a bonding primer and apply a good measure of painting craftsmanship.

If you go the painted route, you have the option to apply a glaze over your cabinets and wiping it off and leaving it in the recesses of the wood for a beautiful expensive look. Our faux painters can produce finishes in an array of colors and styles.

Our faux painting service includes the development of a sample door for your approval before any work is done. After the sample is approved, our job becomes about replicating that sample unto your cabinet surfaces.

Paint Restoration: Keeping you Safe While Doing the Work

Painting services are required to abide by the new EPA regulations coming into effect on April 22, 2010. Specifically, it requires painting Contractors to distribute the “Renovate Right” brochure to the owners of pre-1978 child-occupied buildings. Additionally, house painting contractors are now required to be certified by the EPA, have the painting work supervised by a “Certified Renovator” and ensure that EPA-prescribed procedures are followed during painting activities.

It is a pleasure to announce that Painting in Partnership is now a “Lead Safe Certified Firm” and that three of its employees have become “Certified Renovators” to meet the EPA regulations. Below is some background information on the new regulations.

Painting in Partnership is a Lead-Safe Certified Firm

Lead was used as a paint ingredient for generations in the United States because of its durability features. It is estimated that 50 million tons of lead was used in American homes by painting services before it was banned in 1978. (Ironically, Europe moved to ban lead in paints in 1921, more than 50 years prior to this country.)

Lead has been proven to be especially dangerous to children under the age of six. The main exposure comes from ingesting lead dust that accumulates on floors and carpeting. It gets absorbed from hand to mouth during play activities. This dust is largely generated from remodeling projects, such as painting, that disturb lead or the up and down movement of windows surfaces. The intent of the new legislation is to protect children of six years of age or younger during restoration projects.

Painting in Partnership continues to be on the cutting-edge of painting technology and work practices in order to give you the best long-term result, while keeping you safe.