Maximize Your Budget with Expert Refinishing Solutions

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Want to elevate the look of your kitchen but don’t have the budget to pull and replace all of your cabinets? Shines Studios decorative painters, Sarah Hines and Mets Schilstra, shared how you can have the kitchen of your dreams on a tight budget during a workshop hosted at the IDC in March.

A major kitchen remodel is one of the most expensive home improvement projects to undertake, second to adding an entire room addition. The good news is, many homes already have good quality cabinetry in place and simply need an updated finish and hardware selection. With the right artisan and expertise, cabinet refinishing services can be half the cost of new cabinetry.

Kitchen “before”: Shine Studios was called in to modernize this kitchen.
Kitchen “after”: This spacious kitchen now feels more modern with glamorous touches. From the design portfolio of Shines Studios.
dinning room
Dining room “before”: the client wanted to refresh the space while staying true to its architectural details.
Dinning room
Dining room “after”: The custom paint application completed by Shine Studios and color brightened up the space and added visual interest. From the design portfolio of Shines Studios.

Professionals like Sarah and Mets can help you overcome the most common remodeling challenges reported by users:

  1. Finding the right service provider
  2. Sourcing the right products and materials
  3. Staying on budget

In terms of technique, refinishing cabinetry is like refinishing furniture, and not as simple as painting your walls. This is where a decorative artisan painter makes all of the difference. Artisan painters use the finest tools, techniques and spray equipment. They know the right paint and glazing products that won’t chip, fade or yellow. And, they can easily customize a paint finish to suit any design taste. The result: beautifully refinished cabinetry at half the price of brand new cabinets. Below you’ll find examples of Sarah and Mets’ work which extends beyond the kitchen into bathrooms, faux painting, countertops and more.

Staircase revival in a historic home by Shines Studios.
Custom bathroom wall treatment design. A great alternative to wallpaper by Shines Studios.
Custom countertop treatment by Shines Studios.
Custom basement bar cabinet by Shines Studios.


Sarah and Mets have been providing professional refinishing solutions to their clients for years and are both members of IDAL, the International Decorative Artisans League. Sarah is also a CIR for Caromal Colours, a division of Country Living Magazine. Mets is a certified installer for Vahallen Papers which are cutting edge in design for commercial and residential settings. When they are not in-studio, they travel to other markets conducting seminars on techniques and paint products across the county. Thinking about starting a remodeling project? Look to Shines Studios when assembling your design team. They offer cabinet and faux painting at its finest which include: cabinet refinishing, cabinet staining, cabinet glazing, faux finishing, concrete countertops, furniture refinishing, Italian plasters, decorative finishes, Venetian plasters, wood graining, backsplash finishes, wall finishes, ceiling finishes and furniture restoration.

Sarah Hines & Mets Schilstra
505 Sunset Drive
Noblesville, IN  46060
P:  (317) 709-8015
E:  [email protected]

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