Methods of Refacing Cabinets

Refacing is a term used in cabinetry remodeling when new veneer (a thin layer of wood) is applied to the existing face frames of the cabinets. When refacing cabinets, new doors and drawer faces are installed in place of the old ones and in many cases new hardware, hinges and crown molding are added as well.

What makes us different and better than other companies who reface kitchen cabinets?

At Better Than New Kitchens we use a 1/4” thick wood facing material that we custom mill for your project. Each piece is carefully installed on the fronts and sides of your cabinets. With this approach there is no peeling, bubbling or lifting of thin veneers (due to heat from the oven or dishwasher), as you will typically see within a few years with other methods of refacing cabinets.

Also Better Than New Kitchens uses conversion varnish

clear coating over all their wood products, which has a far superior durability rating over traditional lacquers used by other contractors who reface kitchen cabinets. Our finish is simply the best; impermeable to water, scratch resistant and comes with a 5 year warranty!

Queen Creek Kitchen Reface Charcoal Shaker

Many reasons why kitchen refacing makes sense

Refacing cabinets is a great affordable alternative to replacing your existing cabinets. You get all the benefits of an updated look at an affordable price. The average cost of a kitchen reface is less than half the cost of replacing your cabinets. If your existing cabinet framework is in working order, we can easily and cost effectively change out the doors, drawer fronts and add veneers to give your kitchen a custom look.

Refacing is a lot quicker and a lot less mess than traditional remodeling. The average kitchen reface creates almost no mess during install and only takes a few days in your home. We do almost all the finishing and fabrication of wood at our shop locally. We then transport all the finished doors and veneer to your home for install.

Choosing a reface doesn’t mean your options are limited. In fact, Better Than New Kitchens offers a broad selection of features for refacing cabinets, which can upgrade your kitchens functionality and style.

Here are some of the options you may want to consider:

  • New Door Styles – we have hundreds of styles to choose from
  • Solid Wood Doors – domestic and exotic woods available
  • Roll-Out Shelves – easy access to pots and pans
  • Special Storage Trays – stow kitchen counter appliances out of site
  • New Door and Drawer Handles/Pulls – custom installed with precision and care
  • Decorative Trims and Molding – endless profiles and size options
  • New Slow Close Hinges – have every door in your kitchen glide to a soft close
  • Additional Cabinets, Shelves and Storage – “Take it to the ceiling!” add decorative upper cabinets on top of your existing cabinets to maximize storage and add a custom look

We only use the highest quality products to reface kitchen cabinets, real wood veneers and Grade A cut lumber. We use name brand adhesives and finishes that rate much higher in quality and durability than the industry standards. Refacing at its finest means all of this plus custom finishes created here in Scottsdale, Arizona to meet whatever design needs you can dream up.


Let’s get started on your kitchen refacing or refinishing project!

dark burgundy contemporary Scottsdale kitchen reface

How to Get Started

  1. E-mail pictures of your kitchen; 3 or 4 pictures is all we need.
  2. Do a quick measurement of your cabinets. Use our guide (pdf) for how to measure.
  3. Visit our Gallery Page and pick which style and color best fits the kitchen you are looking for. (If you don’t see what you want, don’t worry. We have hundreds more style options for you to choose from. Just send us a description.)
  4. You can expect a prompt call back and an emailed quote.
  5. One of the owners will come to you with real wood samples, color options and will discuss the Better Than New refacing process.
Owner, Dan Oldejans

Owner, Dan Oldejans