Replacing Your Cabinets Vs. Refinishing Them in Milwaukee

Okay, so you decided that your cabinets need a facelift. What are your options, and what are you in for? Outdated cabinets are a common plague and there are cottage industries sprouting up virtually all over the place trying to provide a quick, effective, affordable solution. The big-box stores are ahead of the game because they recognized the trend early. They have been offering the highest-priced. Solution, which is complete cabinet replacement, and the second highest option, which is new doors and refacing. Both of these options are beautiful – I’ve seen them in my client’s homes – but, they run in the $10,000 – $20,000 range or more. The big boys often make this possible through in-store financing options, so you’ll be paying for those cabinets for quite a while. Or you could go “old school” with the complete stripping and refi­nishing of the cabinets. And while it is possible, in my years in the painting business, I have rarely seen it done successfully, and never by a do-it-yourselfer. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve all seen a great piece of stripped and refi­nished furniture, so we know at some level it is possible to do the same with cabinets, but those who try, soon realize the daunting task they have undertaken. Every door can be like a piece of furniture, so imagine refi­nishing ­fifty to a hundred pieces in your kitchen alone; it is not for the faint of heart. So then you think to hire a professional to do this tedious work. The key word is “tedious”. The pro knows what this entails and will charge accordingly....

10 things you must know about interior painting

Now that snow is here to stay in Wisconsin, exterior painting is out and interior painting is in.  Aside from other small projects such as installing a backslash in your kitchen bathroom.  Painting your interior walls is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to brighten your interior.  We’ve complied 10 things you must know before you paint yourself or hire a painting contractor: 1. Sheen Is Important The finish of your paint, or sheen, will have a major impact on your walls. Flat, Egg Shell, Semi-Gloss, Gloss – with these options comes many considerations. High-traffic areas do well with gloss or satin as they hold up better to touching and can be cleaned more easily. But, they can make wall imperfections (cracks, patched areas) much more pronounced. A more matte-like finish, such as flat, will not clean as well or endure touches as well, but you won’t see imperfections as much. 2. Embrace Color Don’t fear bold colors! Select colors that add depth and texture to a room. Understand the psychology of color and use it to your advantage. A calming color, such as one in the blue family, is great for a bedroom. Paint colors are personal preference. Pick your interior colors based on what you like – not on what you think your mother-in-law will accept. 3. Try Samples First No need to guess how good (or bad) a color will look on your wall. For a fraction of the cost of a gallon of paint, you can purchase sample quarts for about $7, take them home, and test them out. This will help...