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Should I Replace or Repaint My Cabinets in the Bay Area? !

Should I Replace or Repaint My Cabinets in the Bay Area?

Remodeling or redecorating your kitchen usually involves some consideration of the cabinetry. You may find yourself scratching your head about whether to repaint your old cabinets, or just replace them altogether. Both options are attractive for different reasons, and weighing the pros and cons of each can be helpful.

Despite what some may say, replacing your cabinets with cheap cabinets will not boost your home value. Quality is important in this department. Its’ also important to note, that most cabinet sets only come with the cabinet part of the set. In other words, anticipate spending extra on the knobs, hinges, installation and handles. The installation process is also an expenditure, typically requiring filler strips (strips of rubber or wood) to ensure that the cabinets rest flush against your walls.

However, if you are interested in replacing old cabinets there are some cost cutting possibilities. The first that comes to mind is simple: don’t replace it, just reface it! Refacing can be a great solution for those who may be looking to just spruce a worn out looking set of cabinets. Reface the front and the sides with veneer upgrade the hardware and the crown molding, and they’ll look like new!

Another way to remodel without spending a hefty sum on brand new cabinets is to buy unfinished cabinet and do to the staining yourself. Yes, this DIY approach will greatly diminish costs--BUT it’s also important to bear in mind that if you’re unskilled and inexperienced in staining, the results may end up looking less than professional.

As far as painting goes, it’s almost guaranteed to be easier on the wallet. It’s certainly more affordable, but that doesn’t make it any less involved of a process. Repainting cabinets usually requires a lot more prep work than just popping the lid off of a can and dunking a roller. If the job is going to last and be beautiful, the cabinets must be cleaned, primed, sanded, painted, and finally finished with sealer. Without priming and sanding the paint will corrode and eventually chip away. Also, we at MB Jessee prefer to spray cabinets. This makes them look almost factory finished. This approach should only be handled by a professional painting company.

Another reason that painting can be a great option is that it gives you a great deal of control over coordinating the color and look with your home décor. However, if you’re interested in increasing the market value of your home, stick with neutral colors. All in all, if your present cabinets are solid wood and not in disrepair, painting instead of replacing may be the better choice value-wise.

Please contact MB Jessee if you think you could use assistance with your cabinet or kitchen projects! As well as being a fully outfitted painting company, we’re always available to help with painting ideas, and to give creative painting tips.

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“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard
Orinda

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“In September, MBJessee finished painting two sides of our 3-story condominium building (six owners). We were impressed by the professionalism of the company and every one of its workers, Matt Jessee couldn't have been more helpful in planning the project. His painters were well-trained, easy to communicate with and eager to please. In addition to painting the stucco, they made extensive repairs on windows and frames, which will save us considerable money in the future. They finished earlier than anticipated, with as many as five men working on the job, and the scaffolding came down the next day. All of us were delighted with the results. Now my husband and I are looking forward to having MB Jessee paint our own apartment later this month. Matt and Gustavo (who will be our crew leader again) have explained how they will work to make the painting proceed smoothly while we're living here, and they have been endlessly patient with our protracted decision-making process. If you look at their website, you'll learn that MB Jessee is an exemplary company that takes good care of its workers as well as its customers, and contributes public service projects to the community. All in all, we can't recommend MB Jessee highly enough.”

— Jayne W.
San Francisco, CA

“High quality work from a pleasant and qualified staff. Thank you!”

— Paul Markovich

“The kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walkthrough experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3-year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch-up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua J.
Oakland, CA

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo
Oakland

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“I love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work of MB Jessee Painting and your employees. Everything turned out beautiful. Our foreman was great! He was punctual, professional, neat and very accommodating ... and went the extra mile. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”

— Michelle & Rivers Gee