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Cabinet Painting 1:1 – What to Request and Expect

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Dover (MA) with M.L. Campbell Resistant Lacquer

Cabinet painting is one of the most prestigious painting processes. It shows sophistication and care in any residency. Although it’s such a powerful service, capable of transforming an entire kitchen, it must be done properly. Level Five Painting, LLC. believes that no one deserves to waste time and money with miss information. To celebrate the upcoming season and start our series of Autumn Articles, our team prepared a guide that you must read if you are thinking about starting any cabinet painting project. Here you will find everything you can expect from a well-executed cabinet painting service as well as a list of criteria that will define a perfect painting contractor for you and your home.

What to expect from a cabinet painting service executed by reliable professionals:

Communication is the key: the first thing Level Five Painting, LLC. does when we meet clients is talking to them to understand their needs and what results they expect. The contractor-client relationship should be based on communication and trust. From the painting contractor perspective, it’s extremely important to inform the client how the painting process will work based on what the client is looking for.

Requests & Services: not just because you want to transform your cabinets that it means you only have one option to choose from the range of services. Here are some of the most common requests our team has received over the past years:

  • Request I: some clients ask to change the color of its cabinets’ stain – to darker or lighter – but keep the same finish. In this case, our team must start the process by stripping the entire cabinetry to be able to see and touch the bare wood which those cabinets were made of. To prep the cabinets to stain we have to the following procedures; first cleaning, chemical stripping, and light sanding the cabinets; in the detailed parts such as molding, after all, display the exact stain color selected by the client. After that, we apply 2 coats of stain – lacquer clear or polyurethane clear.
  • Request II: another common scenario is when the client wants to change the stain to a solid color. It can be done with any paint color or hard coating finish (lacquer). In both cases, the following procedure consists of first cleaning and light sanding the cabinets; in the detailed parts such as molding, then applying the sanding sealer; applying 2 coats of primer followed by 2 coats of solid lacquer (hard coating with any color), or paint color (latex or oil paint).

Note: it’s also necessary to know if the client wants the painting contractor to change the puller and doorknobs – in this case, it’s required to patch all holes and then re-drill the hardware.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Orleans (MA) with M.L. Campbell Resistant Satin

Process and deadlines: Level Five Painting, LLC.’s process includes our team explaining to clients that:

If the job will be done in existing cabinets, our painting team will paint the cabinets box in the own client’s house. The front door of drawers and cabinet doors will be painted in our warehouse in the spray booth. This way, the client has access to its kitchen right after we finish painting the cabinets boxes.

  • This process takes – depending on the size of the cabinets – 7 days, which is broken down into 3 parts:
    1 part (3-4 days): work at the own client’s house
    2 part (3-4 days): working in the warehouse
    3 part: return to the client’s house to install the cabinets
  • This process takes – depending on the size of the cabinets – 7 days, which is broken down into 3 parts:
    1 part (3-4 days): work at the own client’s house
    2 part (3-4 days): working in the warehouse
    3 part: return to the client’s house to install the cabinets

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in the South End (MA) with High Gloss Lacquer

Product selection: it’s extremely important to hire professionals that can work with the most different types of products. Here are the most used products in cabinet painting projects:

  • Original/Solvent-base lacquer: It’s very important to emphasize that although the original lacquer has a hard finish, offers strong protection against stains, long durability, and smooth results, it is made from a solvent base and it has a strong smell
  • Water-based lacquer: allergic individuals don’t have to worry about suffering during a cabinet painting process. Our team is also able to work with water-based lacquer. It offers a great finish with a weaker smell. It’s important to note that this type of lacquer is not as durable as solvent-based lacquer
  • Paint: paint products range from oil to latex base. Oil-base products are more durable, but lighter colors tend to yellow when the time goes by. Latex-based products are more sensitive to stains and it’s not so durable as the oil-base. It requires a way more detailed and time-consuming surface preparation

Color selection: receiving the most complete information about available colors and its processes is a basic right of any client. Some products, such as lacquer itself and lacquer-based products, require more time to be prepared, some products can be found in stores ready to be used.

Example: if the client wants to paint its cabinets with a lacquer that matches a specific color from Benjamin Moore, it requires us 3-4 days to prepare and achieve that perfect match. Level Five Painting, LLC. believes the client should be aware of any deadlines.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Beacon Hill (MA) Resistant Satin

Why choose Level Five Painting, LLC. as your cabinet painting contractor:

Level Five Painting, LLC. always communicate with clients that cabinets are the most expensive part of their houses, so its painting process must be done with detail and attention. It requires time and expertise. Because of the quality of our work, our respect put in every wood project, Level Five won the first place in the M.L Campbell “We Respect Wood” contest.

Level Five Painting, LLC. assures rigid quality control of the entire painting process to make sure every detail will be taken care of. Level 5 means the highest quality that your painting project deserves. By hiring Level Five Painting, LLC. clients can expect the best result and quality of cabinets.

Our team works to satisfy our clients and our own quality control. “Many times, we started jobs that we were hired to fix mistakes that other painting contractor did to cabinets. If the client had hired our team in the first place it would have cost less them they ended up paying to fix horrendous mistakes by non-professional painters”, said Jorge Aurichi, founder of Level Five Painting, LLC.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Hingham (MA) Resistant Satin

Level Five Painting, LLC. is located at 950 Watertown Street Suite 6, Newton (MA). You can contact the office by emailing at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com or calling at (617) 869-9446.

Wallpaper is Back

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Wellesley (MA) with Thibaut Grasscloth

Very common in the 60s to mid-70s, when houses were made from horsehair plaster, contractors, developers, and homeowners used wallpaper to mainly cover wall imperfections. Over the years, wallpaper changed a lot – not only in terms of the materials those coverings are made from but also its purpose. As trends come and go, wallpaper never went out of style, but some people may have forgotten how valuable this type of covering can be. Nowadays, as technology allows, manufacturers can develop many styles of wallpapers from the most diverse materials. Today, wallpapers are not used to cover imperfection – but to decor houses and add sophistication to any ambient.

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Marblehead (MA) with Schumacher Grasscloth

Pre-service

One of the main services offered by Level Five Painting, LLC. is wallpaper removal & hanging. If you are wondering how to get a wallpaper installed at your project, here are how Level Five Painting handles the process of a wallpaper hanging project.

When a client calls Level Five Painting, LLC. the first step to being taken care of is to schedule an in-person meeting at the project location.

The second step of the process is to question what type of wallpaper the client wants to be installed. This is a key question because the type of wallpaper will determine the pricing of installation as well as the quantity of wallpaper to be ordered and the duration the project will take.

Types of wallpaper

  • Pre-pasted wallpaper has the adhesive applied to its back
  • Unpasted wallpaper requires adding adhesive to its back to being hanged on walls
  • Grasscloth: very commonly used nowadays, this type of material is texturized, with a random pattern and heavy height. It can be made from natural or synthetic fibers. Within this material, perfect seams are not possible. The client must be aware that every project done with grasscloth is different from others because of the uniqueness of this type of material
  • Abstract: this type of wallpaper doesn’t display a repeated pattern. It can be done in a grasscloth or vinyl printed or linen (fabric)
  • Illustrated: this type of wallpaper displays repeated patterns. Some of these wallpapers display their repeats horizontally or vertically, within the most diverse distance
  • Murals: Murals are the most sophisticated wallpaper that can be handed printed, reproductions of art word, custom landscape, and etc. Those are sold by each panel

The third step of the process is to measure the dimensions by analyzing wall by wall that the wallpaper will be installed as well as if the room has doors and windows.

The fourth key question is to determine if the wallpaper has any repeats in it. It’s extremely important to emphasize that more repeats within a wallpaper it means more waste.

Wallpaper Installation Process

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Newton (MA) using the Abstract Wallpaper type

Once the project is approved it’s necessary to prepare walls. The preparation phase of any project is highly important. Nowadays, wallpapers are not created to cover imperfection, it means if your walls are not proper preparation you are wasting money. The preparation includes patching walls to fix any holes and uneven surfaces; sanding, cleaning, and priming walls (with vinyl primer) to finally install the wallpaper.

BEFORE | AFTER of a Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Foxborough (MA)


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It is important to emphasize that each type of wallpaper has different pricing. Level Five Painting, LLC. recommend to everyone that is thinking about having a wallpaper installed at home, to work with interior designers. Some wallpaper stores don’t sell wallpaper rolls direct to the client themselves, and when it does is commonly overpriced. Interior designers have access to where and how to buy the best wallpapers for you and your project without overcharging you for service and the material itself.


Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Marblehead (MA) using the Printed Wallpaper type

Wallpaper is an investment. That’s why is so important to work with professionals that won’t make you waste your time and money. Level Five Painting, LLC. works with the best interior designers of New England with years of experience.

Level Five Painting, LLC.’s project done in Needham (MA) using the Textured/Metallic Wallpaper type

Our team is ready to recommend a professional interior designer that will fit your needs, will not overcharge you and will also help you select the best wallpaper to suit your style. From our side, we only charge our clients for the preparation of walls as well as the installation of
the wallpaper. Contact us at (617) 869-9446 or contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com.