by Louis J. Criscella finisher, owner
1) ABOUT US
"Hello. Thanks for visiting our website"
We have been in business since 1966. Specializing in refinishing kitchen cabinets,
changing stain color, painting cabinets or general surface restoration.
Each of our cabinet finishers in our shop is a dedicated professional, with 17 years or more
experience in the trade. This skill and full quality controls assure that your cabinets will be completed to a high standard. We have no trainees or subcontractors work on the cabinet refinishing.
To begin: The price estimate for your cabinet finishing comes only from an experienced finisher.
Our manager is also an owner who guides the process overseeing the details.
.... Hands-on care that you rarely find.
Reliability in work and scheduling is our standard.
We use only first grade products and finishes from leading manufacturers with a combination of traditional methods and the latest techniques to give your cabinets a first-rate, durable,
and easy-care finish.
Of special note: We apply more finish on your cabinets than is the standard industry practice.
We are not limited in either materials or methods by franchise affiliations with their fees,
royalties, and other forced expenses passed on to you.
This independence gives us the flexibility to do the best work for you without constraints.
....Proven results, from many years refining the process, makes a REAL difference.
Our focus is simple: to put a fine finish on your cabinets.
WE LOVE COMPLIMENTS! Expect compliments on your kitchen cabinets when we finish them.
Lastly, and the final statement of our commitment, is a solid warranty on our fine work.
A full 5 year Limited Warranty on the cabinet finish is supported by decades of superior results.
I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with you...and for you.
Phone for me personally, or text, or email me, for a no obligation estimate
Louis J. Criscella, founder finisher Donald Lankey, owner finisher
Decorators Co. Since 1966...serving Western PA
2) REFINISHING PROCESS DETAILS:
We remove the cabinet doors and drawers and take them to our shop to do the work on them first.
Then, the cabinet boxes (part mounted on the walls) are completed in the home.
No dust or residues are left throughout your home with the system (described further below).
You will have complete use of your kitchen and cabinets while the doors and drawers are finished
for a few days at the shop. Upon returning to your home with the doors and drawers, the cabinet
boxes are done "in-place".
We begin by sealing-off the kitchen area entrance ways with a plastic film sheet. In larger rooms, the
cabinet area is partitioned-off and sealed around with a plastic film sheet "wall"supported by
rubber-padded extension poles.
The sealed-off area, is fully vented by a suction duct through a window.
You have no residues left through your home.... And the special finish quick-dries in minutes.
The little odor is expelled by the suction vent. We work in homes through every season of the year.
Next comes masking (taping-around) and covering of the walls adjacent to the cabinets.
The floor, the countertop and the appliances are all covered with the plastic film and sealed with tape.
After all is properly protected, we proceed to cabinet finish process, according to your order details.
A combination of products is used to remove soiling, contaminants, or the old finish if specified. Extensive preparation of the cabinet surfaces will assure solid adhesion of the new finish.
Surface repairs, corrections, or changes are made as detailed on your order.
We then proceed to the application of the transparent stain-change or solid color paint,
whichever you choose.
If you select "staining", then the final steps will include the spray application of several coats of
special, durable, clear sealers and clear finishes, formulated to resist water, steam, detergents,
food stains and wear. The finish is designed for an easy-care, wipe-off surface.
If you choose that the cabinets be painted a solid color, then multiple fine coats of color-ranged
surfacer-primer is first applied, then the final color topcoats are spray-applied in your color choice and
sheen selection. All finishes are in the easy-care surface formula.
With re-staining, the final finish is clear coatings, finished in the gloss you select: satin, semi-gloss
On some cabinet surfaces, or parts thereof, we use methods of finish, as necessary, to facilitate application for better results and finish consistency.
All of our work is of signature quality.
Performed with the extra-care standard that defines our craft. Contact us.
Louis (Lou) J. Criscella, founder .........Donald Lankey, owner-finisher