FAQs

Do you build cabinets? No, we pride ourselves in providing only the best of refinishing services to the Austin area, but we may work with a builder for larger modifications or changes. Be sure to check out our Preferred Vendors page if you’re looking for additional work outside of what we do.

What is refacing? Cabinet refacing is essentially a replacement of the cabinet “skins”—replacing the doors and drawer fronts and applying a new veneer over the existing surface of the body (“boxes”) of the cabinets. The hardware—the hinges, handles, and drawer pulls—are usually also replaced during refacing.

What area of Texas do you work in? California Cabinet Finishes generally covers the whole Austin Metro area. This includes Georgetown, Sun City to South Austin to Spicewood, Marble Falls, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch and possibly more depending on the job.

How much do you charge for quotes? Your quote is free unless there is extensive travel outside of the area required.

Do you reface cabinets? We do not, but doors and drawer fronts may be replaced if you would like a different look altogether.

How long will my kitchen cabinet project take you to finish? The average project takes 7-10 business days. When those days are done, we make sure to leave your kitchen as clean as we found it to make sure we and our mess don’t overstay our welcome!

Do you install new hardware? We do, but it’s up to you to purchase the hardware you would like for us to install for free once the cabinets are ready. We like to install soft close hinges whenever possible.

Do you recommend colors? Luckily for your kitchen, I don’t. I refer to an interior designer for that and take over from there.

What should I expect for when you begin my project? We typically arrive around 7:30 am and remove all of your doors, drawers, and shelves (if we are painting the inside of the cabinets. The doors, drawers, and shelves go back to shop. My number 2 stays there and “preps” the cabinet frames. He washes, sands, caulks, and fills any holes or grain on the frames that he needs to.

How long will I be out of my kitchen? You’ll have it back each day once we’ve left for the afternoon, just in time for dinner.

Will there be any additional workers coming into my home? No, I don’t hire subs or contract my work out at any time. The only faces you’ll see are those of California Cabinet Finishes.

My house painter can do it at half the cost, what makes your cabinet refinishing services different? Cabinets are an expensive piece of furniture in your home and easily a big factor when selling your home in the future. I provide professional grade finishing, not just another layer of paint.

Do you use a spray or a brush? We spray. We spray the cabinet frames on site while we bring the doors and drawers back to our shop for prep work and spray.

How can you spray in my house? After prepping the frames, masking is next. Paper is taped to the floor walls and counter tops. The floors are covered with drop cloths to prevent paint from getting on the floor. Your kitchen is safe with us.

How many coats will you use? We don’t paint by numbers, we paint to cover! What does that mean? We do 1-2 coats of primer and 2-3 coats of paint. The minimum that will be on the cabinets is 3, but can sometimes be as many as 7-8 depending on the work required.

Can you make the grain on my oak cabinets go away? We use a filler to fill most of the grain on your cabinets and we get them as close to smooth as possible.

Do you use oil-based products? No, these products most often yellow and crack. I wouldn’t recommend them for any of my clients.

What products DO you use? We use a versatile, ultra-durable, water-borne, acrylic paints formulated to bond to some of the most difficult substrates including fiberglass, ceramic tile, and laminate called Pittsburg Paint “Breakthrough”. There is a great article on Pittsburg Paint Breakthrough vs. Benjamin Moore’s Advanced here.

Do you use sheen? California Cabinet Finishes uses satin. Pro Tip: The higher the sheen, the more you will see imperfections in the wood.

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