Kitchen Cabinet Reno
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Help Wanted: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

I think of myself as a good guy. And my wife is an even better person than I am. I wonder though if there is something wrong with us. We have taken the time to meet with four different contractors, going over our needs for renovating our home and not one of them has given us a quote. This makes me wonder if we are off-putting in some way or the work we need completed is undesirable for some reason.

With the first two painters, who came recommended to us by a real estate friend, we went over all the things we needed for our whole home, inside and out, from the roof to the basement. I think we scared the first two off. Or to better describe it, our job is not as appealing to them as the other jobs they can choose from. Which is part of the problem – there is more work for painters than there are painters to do the work, so they can pick the preferred work and pass on more complex jobs. I can understand this, part of our job would be removal of popcorn ceilings in various rooms in our home as well as filling in exterior window glazing where some has dried and fallen off after 38 years of existence. Two projects I would hate to do.

With the third painter who is actually a remodeler (more than a painter), we decided to focus primarily on our kitchen renovation and a renovation of our master bath. Hopefully, the smaller scope of the project would not to scare him off. After meeting with us, we never heard from him again. Which is a curious thing to me. All three made time to meet with us, have at least some time invested in our job, but I guess if the work is harder than they want, I shouldn’t think of the situation as odd.

Then a fourth meeting happened – this time another remodeler; actually a state licensed home builder. I was careful to break the project down into even easier segments, looking for a way to make the project less intimidating. After three weeks, we are still waiting for a quote.

I know that I am at least a part of the problem. When I discuss with these people the work which needs to happen, I include the story about how I made the kitchen doors and drawers. I know for a fact that this drove away the third guy. He called me a “craftsman” which meant that I was going to have higher standards than most people. So, I am giving our fourth contractor another week and then I’ll be looking for someone else.

I wrote the previous paragraphs as a lead up to this point: It is looking like I am going to have to do this work if I want it accomplished any time soon. But it won’t be accomplished soon due to my limited time to devote to the project.

But, I am having fun getting my yard in shape. A nice break from the year-long kitchen woodworking project. We have had beautiful spring days here in Alabama (but it seems severe weather is almost a weekly occurrence). I’m enjoying the time outside and I hope you are as well.


  1. We have the same problem out here. The trades will come out and do quotes, but getting them to work is another matter. I needed electrical work done last year and managed to find a young electrician who was just starting his own business and we was eager to do anything to get his name out there. Took me a long time to find him and most of the other electricians out there wouldn’t even come out to quote because the job was too small.

  2. Tom Jones sang it all – “It’s not unusual.”, you have become a dinosaur of a bygone age – Old USA..
    Out of date and out of character. I have seen the very rapid decline of the USA is so many areas, gone are the principles of working hard for a fair day’s pay, now it is how to become a millionaire within the first year of setting up a business. Fancy being specific as to what you expect and wanting top quality and willing to pay for it and knowing what you want rather then whwt they are going to do for ypou., nice ideas but as I say fanciful. You really want it done- do it yourself, it won’t take all that long anyway, and probably;y in reality does not need to be done.
    What did you expect “End Times’ to be like?

    • I have actually begun planning to do it myself except the time I need to do it does not exist. I have begun to wonder if quality is a thing of the past.

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