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  • Serves San Juan Capistrano, CA
Kimber and Ed are awesome. My parents were hoarders and we needed to clean up the house and get it sold. We're talking about almost 50 years of stuff and neglect. I found the junk hauler on Yelp, Tanner of You Call We Haul, who was awesome and he connected me to Kimber. I had gotten estimates from at least 6 different folks, and Kimber blew me away. She was the only one who seemed like she'd actually want to tackle this insane job. She understood that we wanted to repair to sell, not to move back into, so she's helping us find ways to do a solid job, but also make it look like we spent more than we did wherever possible. She's great at communicating what is going on and lemme tell you, this house and job has been full of surprises. Each time, she and Ed help me through any momentary freakout sessions and then we all buckle down and just do what needs to be done. I live 30 minutes away from the house and it is such a relief to know the house is in good hands and I don't have to be constantly driving down worrying about what they are or aren't doing. Like any remodeling job (we've done 2 bathrooms and a backyard of our own before, as well as repiping, etc. in our own house), unforeseen things arise and incur extra time or expense. If you understand this, you won't be disappointed. With a job this ginormous, I made sure to pad my expectations (and budget) so that I didn't stress about how it went. Fortunately, the house is vacant, so that's a huge help. Each time something comes up, Kimber is incredibly apologetic and tries to save us money, which is greatly appreciated. A family member wanted me to go with a cheaper estimate, but after seeing how things played out, I'm confident they wouldn't have been ANY cheaper in the end because they missed a lot of things in their estimate that Kimber and Ed put in theirs. And even with that, we've had to do a number of change orders b/c the house was just a WRECK. I also loved the fact that Kimber is female, because I felt like she cared about a lot of things that perhaps a guy wouldn't have. She not only has her contractor's license (and Ed as well), she graduated with her interior design degree from IDI, one of the top design schools in the country. So she was incredibly helpful about the aesthetic side of the job, not just the construction side. Ed is an amazing builder and I saw some of the photos of his woodworking projects on other sites and they are artistry. They are truly a power (tools--haha) couple!!

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How do you refinish kitchen cabinets?

If you’re ready for a new look and feel in your kitchen but don’t want to replace the cabinet layout or your cabinet doors, refinishing your existing kitchen cabinets is a great option. To be a good candidate for cabinet refinishing, your cabinet boxes and doors need to be in good condition. Cabinet refinishing includes taking down your doors, sanding or stripping the surface, preparing the doors with primer as needed, refinishing them with as many coats of stain or paint are necessary, then re-hanging them in their original locations. If you’re not in love with your kitchen cabinet layout, talk to a designer or contractor about creating an alternative. Refinishing simply means adding new shine to the existing setup, so if you’re dying to have a pull-out pantry or maximize wall space by going flush to the ceiling, you may want a different approach. Functional and stylish ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets can be similar in cost to refacing your existing cabinets, so keep the budget-friendly RTA option in mind when making decisions.

Can you resurface laminate cabinets?

Resurfacing laminate cabinets is an affordable and relatively easy way to give an outdated kitchen a fresh new look. If your existing cabinets are in good shape and you like your current cabinet layout, putting a fresh face on your kitchen could mean simply painting over the current laminate or putting a new laminate surface on the doors and drawers. Cabinet resurfacing may be possible for the capable DIY homeowner, but if you don’t have the proper tools or the know-how, it’s wise to call a handyman or a cabinet installation specialist to ensure you have a professional-looking outcome. To make sure your kitchen is right for cabinet resurfacing (as opposed to completely replacing your cabinets), ask yourself:

  • Do I like the layout of my current cabinets?
  • Are the cabinet boxes structurally sound?
  • Are the floor and framing in good condition to keep cabinets supported over time?
  • Are the cabinets free of water or wood damage?

How do you resurface cabinets?

Resurfacing kitchen cabinets means that you retain your original cabinet boxes and existing cabinet layout and simply remove and replace the front layer of your cabinet doors. Cabinet resurfacing can also entail replacing damaged cabinet doors, keeping those that are in good shape, and installing a new surface on all of them. Cabinet resurfacing may also refer to a decision to completely change out cabinet doors because they are damaged or their style is out of date, but keeping the existing cabinet boxes and layout.

If you’re handy and have all the proper tools, cabinet resurfacing can be a DIY project, especially if you’re simply repainting. However, if you’re not comfortable removing and replacing your cabinet doors, doing precision measurements and cutting, or working with sanders and power tools, then this may be a project better left to the pros. You or your handyman or cabinet installation specialist will remove all cabinet door and drawer fronts and all hardware, then prepare the surfaces for a new layer. The pros should also update the veneer or laminate the frames to match. Once the new laminate, veneer or surface has been applied and new hardware installed, your cabinet doors and drawers are hung once more in their original locations. The national average cost for refacing cabinets is $5,000.

How much does it cost to refinish kitchen cabinets?

Cabinet refinishing revives dull or dinged-up doors and drawers. The cost of cabinet refinishing will vary based on factors such as the number of linear feet of cabinetry you have, the amount of nicks and scratches that need repair, the level of detail on your cabinets, and more. The pros typically will remove the cabinet doors and then sand or strip them down to create a beautifully smooth new surface. After prepping the surface with primer as needed, the pros may then repaint or stain the doors to give them a new lease on life. Cabinets with intricate detail or extensive surface damage will likely cost more to refinish, as they will take more time and effort. Keep in mind that you should only elect to do cabinet refinishing if the cabinet boxes are structurally sound and you plan to keep your current kitchen layout for a number of years. The investment will be wasted if the cabinet boxes are in disrepair and will need replacement soon, or if you’re planning a remodel in two years. The national average price range for cabinet refinishing is between $1,500 and $6,000.

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