It’s unfortunate how many cabinets in perfectly good structure get demoed because the homeowner desired a new look for them. What the owner actually wanted was cabinet refacing, but instead overspent on a remodel. Unlike remodels, which involve starting from scratch, cabinet refacing is a fraction of the price and allow you to keep the layout and some elements of your cabinets and countertops.
What is Cabinet Refacing?
Cabinet refacing is replacing the doors and drawer fronts of your cabinets and applying a new veneer. Fixtures like hinges, handles, and pulls are also replaced.
The Cabinet Refacing Process
- Remove doors and drawers
- Cover boxes with veneer or rigid thermofoil
- Cover sides with veneer or laminate
- Install new door hinges
- Install new doors and drawer fronts
- Add cabinet fixtures
- Add optional accessories like crown molding, glass panels, lighting, or storage accessories
Can Your Cabinets Be Refaced?
Depending on the age and wear and tear of your cabinets, a reface may not work for your kitchen. Seriously damaged cabinets need to be remodeled. However, don’t assume your older cabinets are damaged beyond repair. Often, older cabinets are even sturdier than new, factory-made ones.
Your cabinets are eligible for refacing if they have these elements:
- Strong box construction made of plywood or MDF panels. Panels need to be smooth enough of for the veneers to adhere correctly.
- Solid hardwood face frames to properly anchor new doors.
- Internal hardware that’s in good shape. Refacing doesn’t fix drawer tracks and other elements that are damaged beyond repair.
Ultimately, you need to consult with kitchen cabinet experts before making any major decisions. An expert will be able to consult you on whether or not your cabinets are able to be refaced (the answer is usually yes!). Do your cabinets need an upgrade? Call Better Than New Kitchens for a cabinet refacing estimate today!