What Is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing?

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: A Great Way To Revive Your Kitchen

Looking to revive your kitchen? Kitchen cabinet refacing is a smart option to consider if you are happy with the layout of your kitchen. Cabinet refacing is just as it sounds, refacing, not replacing your cabinets. Cabinet refacing is more cost effective approach and takes less time than a full kitchen remodel.

There are different techniques used to reface cabinets, but each consists of utilizing your current cabinet frames and replacing doors and drawer fronts to replace the new veneer. Additionally, new hardware is installed, including: hinges, knobs, pulls and molding, to help complete the transformation.

There are many benefits of refacing your kitchen cabinets versus replacing with new cabinets or an overall kitchen remodel:

  • Cabinet refacing costs about half as much as replacing cabinets
  • Refacing requires less time
  • Is less expensive than a full kitchen remodel
  • Less hassle and less mess than tearing out cabinets
  • No demolition and you are still able use your kitchen during the refacing project
  • It’s a green kitchen remodeling solution, since you are not adding to the landfill

At the end of the day however, kitchen cabinet refacing will not fix an overall bad kitchen design. You must be happy with your current kitchen layout. If you are not satisfied and are considering cabinet refacing, hoping this will serve as a solution, consider a full kitchen remodel.

What Does Refacing Cost?
Professional cabinet refacing will vary greatly, but is far less expensive than a full remodel and significantly less than replacing current cabinets with new cabinetry. Kitchen cabinet refacing will depend on the following:

  • Size of your kitchen
  • The material selected – laminate being the least expensive, and a bit more for real wood veneer
  • Cost of new hardware (pulls, knobs and hinges)

In comparison, completely replacing old kitchen cabinets with new cabinets starts at about twice the price and increases significantly for semi-custom or custom-made cabinetry.
How Do I Know If My Cabinets are Good For Refacing?

Refacing is feasible if your existing cabinet boxes are structurally sound and in good condition. Cabinets with water damage, warping, and broken frames are poor candidates and often time will have to be replaced. Particleboard cabinetry sometimes requires fasteners, in addition to adhesives, to ensure that the veneer is secure.

What Are My Choices For Refaced Cabinets?

Your choices for the finished look of your cabinets are virtually limitless. Veneers are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, grains, and more, which you can mix or match to get a relatively low-cost kitchen facelift.

  • Rigid thermofoil (RTF) doors, which feature a durable plastic coating over fiberboard, are an affordable alternative to wood or laminate doors.
  • Plastic laminates come in hundreds of colors and patterns, are durable and moisture-resistant, and are reasonably priced. You can pick matching or contrasting laminates for your doors and drawer fronts.
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) composite material with laminate
  • Real wood veneers include many standard species, such as oak, cherry, and maple, and you also can choose from an array of stain colors. Wood veneers are the most expensive option. Wood must be carefully sealed to protect against moisture.

Because of its durability we utilize MDF composite material with a high end laminated finish which is applied under extreme heat and pressure extremely popular today, used in high quality furniture manufacturers. We offer these with a five (5) year warranty. We offer wood species in Oak, Maple, Cherry and Alder in a variety of styles and moldings. Each of these can be stained to match your color choice, offering you a variety.

How are They Installed?

We will send our professional installers to your house. They will remove old cabinet door and drawer fronts, and prepares the surface of the cabinet boxes by washing the exteriors with a degreaser and lightly sanding the finish. Any significant flaws in the surface are repaired or filled to ensure a smooth, secure fit for the new veneer.

The installer applies the MDF veneer, then mounts the new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. The process typically takes two to four days for a standard kitchen.

Revitalize your kitchen for a fraction of the price, less mess and far less time with kitchen cabinet refacing.