Refacing VS. Refinishing
Refacing also known as resurfacing kitchen cabinets is a process in which the existing cabinet framework is resurfaced with wood or laminate veneer replacement material.
You keep your existing cabinet boxes but replace all cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones.
We also replace cabinet side panels, moldings and drawer boxes so that everything matches. This covers up all blemishes and finish problems on your cabinets
Allows you to change the wood, color, or door style for a clean and updated look.
When refacing your kitchen cabinets you can even choose to install new highly decorated hardware and countertops
Refacing can update the kitchen’s appearance to suit the taste of the home’s current owner
This avoids the expense and effort of taking out and replacing the entire cabinet. So the advantages are less expense, less material going to the landfill and a less-complicated construction process.
Kitchen cabinet refinishing means that you keep all components of your existing cabinetry
This process simply changes the color or the finish which is often completed via hand sanding or chemically stripping the existing finish from the wood, then applying new paint or stain.
If the wood is in good shape with no major chips, cracks or other damage then it may be worth it to try refinishing.
Refinishing cabinets involves removing all the cabinet doors, hinges and hardware, stripping the old paint or varnish from the doors and cabinet boxes, sanding and prepping the bare surfaces, reapplying paint or stain, and rehanging the doors.
If you have wood cabinets, you can refinish or reface. If you dislike your kitchen’s layout or your cabinets’ current style you may want to consider refacing kitchen cabinets. Modifications such as replacing drawers, adding pull out shelves, countertops other custom options can easily be done to your existing kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
Many older homes have built-in solid wood cabinetry that is superior in quality and durability to the inexpensive new stock cabinets available today. It is often a better choice to renew these older kitchen cabinets with a quality solid wood refacing system, rather than tearing out and replacing them with economy cabinets for half the cost of a full kitchen remodel. Refacing can not only enhance the beauty of your kitchen, but value as well. A striking kitchen can help you sell your home faster and at a higher price!
When deciding between kitchen cabinet refinishing or refacing cabinets, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you’re considering refinishing, if your cabinets are made of laminate or thermofoil, refinishing is not an option due to the fact that these materials can’t be sanded or stripped and it’s nearly impossible for paint to stick. Before undertaking refinishing, remind yourself that it takes time and effort. Also, remember that your kitchen may be out of commission for some time.
Cabinet refinishing allows for a light wood to become much darker or for the color to be added to a room that might previously have been neutral. Refinishing also makes old worn cabinets with scuffs, scratches and old paint look like they are brand new. So if your cabinets are in good shape, they just don’t have the look you desire, refinishing is a great choice. The process of refinishing cabinets isn’t complicated but it does require experience and precision and is, therefore, best left to a professional.