Cheaper way to get hand-painted look on cabs in Boston?
I know everybody raves about modern catalyzed varnishes, but I just can't see a vintage 1920s kitchen covered in plastic. I don't think it will look "not ideal." I think it will look stupid. The same finish that looks wonderful and crisp in your modern or transitional kitchen will look like a Parisian bistro at Epcot in mine.
So, the plan has been for the cabinetmaker to spray the primer and the first coat of the finish color, then to have the GC's painter hand-paint the second coat. One coat. Turns out, the painting allowance comes in at the same price as just painting the cabs. One coat, two coats, no diff.
OK, so why not tell the cab guy not to paint the first coat at all? Should save money, no? Well, that's the downside of a reasonable cabinet guy. He doesn't charge much to paint in the first place, so the savings are minimal.
What the heck do I do here? Should I involve some completely unrelated painter? The cab guy says it's OK if I send a painter to his place, but the GC says the cabs should be painted in place after install.
Assuming any of this reno ever happens, at this point, anybody have any ideas?