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@Mom2Dogs wrote:

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Were your cabinets sealed (clear top coat) after being primed and painted?


This was over 30 years ago. It wasn't recommended by anyone I spoke with. That sounds like a good idea.

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When I wanted to update my cupboards last year, it was recommended Not to paint them. The paint wears off, especially around the handles. I went with a cupboard renewal which consisted of replacing the doors and drawers with real wood in white. The drawers were completely new, soft-closing drawers, not just face plates. The cupboard doors were also soft-closing.  I am very satisfied with my choice. I wouldn't contact the painter who doesn't respond. Bet he wouldnt finish the job or it would take extra long. I would go to Sherwin Williams or a lumber company and ask for a recommendation for a kitchen cupboard renewal company.  I used Kitchen Tune-Up, but there are several others. Do not go with a company that just uses a veneer--make sure it is real wood they are replacing the doors with.

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I don't care how "in demand" someone is. Or how long they've been in business. Or how many 5 star reviews they have. You should have the common decency to get back to a client. I can forgive one time, but not twice. If you can't respect me or my time, I'm going elsewhere-but that's how I'd handle things.

You did mention living rural?? And not many choices?? Even still that is no excuse in my book. Thankfully I have tons of choices if a contractor or estimator annoys me, is crooked, not respectful of my time, or doesn't respect me. I'm not handing money over to anyone like that.
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With almost every project I've had involving painters, there have been issues. Poor communication and reliability, with a clock timezone hours off from mine. They definitely are in their own  head zone. 

 

I used to get upset with them, too, telling my husband I thought they'd been inhaling too many paint fumes. Of course, it didn't help for them to take lunch and return with a large beer in a brown paper bag. Oh yes, stories to tell here...  

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I've found reliable companies for some project types but am searching for others & it is hard, but I'll persist till I find good ones!

If someone showed up with a beer after their lunch or any break I'd send them home for the day. Period. That's not appropriate or showing a good work ethic in my opinion. Same with smoking, not in my home or on my property. I'm not having my home smell like a stinky cigarette. Besides, I actually break out in hives if around it too much. If you can't follow those basic rules (plus a few others) I'm moving on to someone else!! You want me to pay you good money? Than respect my home & be courteous!
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I had a painting company recommended to me and they did a great job doing most of my interior....especially removing old popcorn on some ceilings....they were supposed to come back three weeks later to do the bathroom...no-show...so I called and the owner apologized and said he had written down the wrong date and we rescheduled...no show again. I am done with him, I am not chasing him down to work for me...but now can't find a competent bath and tile person anywhere. Was so close to being finished! I hate this! BTW, we did alabaster by Sherwin Wms and bright reflective white on ceilings...love them both. 

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Re: Update kitchen cabinets

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@geegerbee wrote:

When I wanted to update my cupboards last year, it was recommended Not to paint them. The paint wears off, especially around the handles. I went with a cupboard renewal which consisted of replacing the doors and drawers with real wood in white. The drawers were completely new, soft-closing drawers, not just face plates. The cupboard doors were also soft-closing.  I am very satisfied with my choice. I wouldn't contact the painter who doesn't respond. Bet he wouldnt finish the job or it would take extra long. I would go to Sherwin Williams or a lumber company and ask for a recommendation for a kitchen cupboard renewal company.  I used Kitchen Tune-Up, but there are several others. Do not go with a company that just uses a veneer--make sure it is real wood they are replacing the doors with.



I did the same and actually, the paint quote was just a two or three hundred less than getting new doors and drawer fronts and soft closure.  He painted the cabinet boxes.  Looks great, like I spent a lot more than I did, although it was far from cheap.

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@Jaspertimes   I am having trouble finding a company close by that will come to my area to quote new fronts....

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@Mom2Dogs wrote:

@Jaspertimes   I am having trouble finding a company close by that will come to my area to quote new fronts....

 

i discovered mine accidentally when my daughter was getting work at her house, so i agree with you it's hard to find people. 


 

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Have you tried "NextDoor"?