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Kent Merrill Finishing

San Marcos, CA

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About Kent Merrill Finishing

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Kent Merrill Finishing offers custom staining and finishing of all types of wood, from kitchen cabinets, to bathroom vanities, staircases, mantels, furniture, doors, and windows. Whether you have a project involving new wood, or something you would like to have refinished; we can do it for you.

Do you need painting services? We are excellent painters too!

Perhaps you are interested in saving and updating your front door and/or cabinets? We can strip and refinish your cabinets, doors, and furniture to any color and sheen desired. We reface cabinetry and provide upgrades to make your existing cabinets look and work like new.

We are always happy to give you a free quote and samples for your approval before we do any work, to make sure you are completely satisfied.


1515 Capalina Rd, Unit 41
San Marcos, CA 92069

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  • 5/5 stars October 8, 2014

    Kent recently did a fantastic job on a very challenging project. Great guy to work with. He's very professional, always on time and knows what he's doing. His people are also very nice and good. Thank you Kent, it was great working with you!

  • 5/5 stars April 2, 2014

    Kent did some furniture re-finishing for us. He was on-time, meticulous in his work. He did a great job for us and we highly recommend him. We'll call him again for any finishing work!

    Kent M. from Kent Merrill Finishing replied to this review on April 4, 2014:

    Thanks for the review Melissa....and thanks for the work!

  • 5/5 stars March 12, 2014

    Kent was great. He was very professional and he did a wonderful job refinishing our stools. They turned out beautiful. I would definitely hire him again! Thanks Kent!

  • 5/5 stars November 19, 2013

  • 5/5 stars August 27, 2013

    Working with Kent was very good.

    He did some exterior painting and repairs for me.

    He did a fine job.

    He's a pleasant person.

    His advice saved me money!

    I would recommend him to anyone.

  • 5/5 stars August 19, 2013

    We hired Kent Merrill and his team for our recent kitchen cabinet refacing project. Kent was extremely professional and easy to work with. He listened carefully to our design ideas while providing helpful feedback and information. He is honest, hardworking and takes great pride in his work. When faced with project challenges he does not look for shortcut solutions. He goes out of his way to find the BEST solution. He is flexible but at the same time a perfectionist, which we really appreciated. Our kitchen was completed on time and on budget. The final product exceeded even our initial expectations. We love our refaced cabinets. Thank You Kent and your team for your EXCELLENT work!

  • 5/5 stars July 23, 2013

    Kent did a fantastic job on a very challenging door hang. He hung frameless custom cabinet doors with hidden European hinges. Some of the doors were 1/16" off but he was able to
    Shave them down, refinish and hang them. Thumbs up on this guy, quality work.

  • 5/5 stars March 31, 2013

    The table looks brand new and we were so pleased with how quickly he got it done. We would recommend Kent to anyone.

  • 5/5 stars February 3, 2013

    Kent was great. Terrific guy to work with and did a beautiful job refinishing my dresser. Thanks Kent!

    Kent M. from Kent Merrill Finishing replied to this review on February 3, 2013:

    Thank you Mark. And thank you for the work!!

  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2013

    Kent Merrill recently refinished our front entry door and sidepanels which were yellow oak and quite weathered, but after all the stripping, sanding & staining came out beautiful, like new and the exact color I desired, cherry.

    We were impressed with Kent,s work ethics, punctual, prepping the surrounding area, meticulous and making sure the color was to my satisfaction by his ability to mix colors. We highly recommend Kent.

    Kent M. from Kent Merrill Finishing replied to this review on January 8, 2013:

    Thanks Marge! Have a great day!!

  • 5/5 stars February 24, 2012

    We have worked with Kent on several projects in our home. He has a great ability to find solutions where matching, repairing, and replacing cabinets-doors are required. I have seen first hand other examples where Kent's unique talents saved customers from poor workmanship, products ordered wrong, etc. We would highly recommend Kent Merrill Finishing.

  • 5/5 stars February 19, 2012

    I have used Kent on my own home and keep calling him back to do more. I have referred him to perhaps a dozen clients and they are
    all extremely happy and call to thank me for referring him.
    He does amazing work! Why would you need to go anywhere else?

  • 5/5 stars February 18, 2012

    I have worked with various contractors and kent merrill, kent is very honest and fair with his customers and bids. Kent has never left a customer unhappy.

  • 5/5 stars February 17, 2012

    I have employed the skills of Kent Merrill several times: for clients and personal use. I have been very pleased with both his knowledge & skill. He is a professional craftsman who takes pride in the lovely work.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. We specialize in the finish and refinish all types of cabinets, doors, windows, staircases and furniture. We can match any color and sheen needed. We also reface cabinets, replace doors and drawers, and install new hidden hinges and hardware. As a general contractor, we can also take care of all aspects of your remodeling project.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Allow me to describe the three most recent jobs shown in my pictures. (1) We just refinished the mahogany door shown. As you can see from the pics, it was in pretty bad shape. We were able to pull it down, strip, repair, stain, refinish and rehang it- all in just one day! We can do this because there are three highly skilled men working on it with the finest materials and techniques available. (2) This set of cabinets was actually refinished by others and new doors,etc were ordered by the homeowner. She then hired us to hang and install. Please read Jenny B's review of us! (3) This kitchen was a near total make over. While the boxes stayed, they were veneered (refaced) from oak to alder. We ordered, finished and installed all new doors and drawer faces that we oversized to give the kitchen an updated Euro-style look. Hidden hinges and use of fixed door panels on all end panels added a nice touch.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. First and foremost, make sure that you hire someone who is willing to and capable of making an actual sample with the color and sheen the way you like it before you have any staining done. While we will use your stain if it's called for in specs, we prefer to make our own stains from scratch to ensure better control and evenness of color. To you contractors out there sub-ing out your finishing work- be sure your client is happy with the finish before it is put on! I have seen so many problems (and been paid a lot of money to fix them) because this rule wasn't followed.

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