What is Cabinet Refacing and Why Should I Consider it for My Home?

Oftentimes, homeowners get tired of their kitchen cabinet’s appearance and think they need to demolish cabinetry that is still in good structural shape in order to achieve a new look. With cabinet resurfacing, also called refacing, one can still drastically change the style and feel of their kitchen but with a fraction of the time and money new cabinetry entails. Cabinet refacing is different from cabinet refinishing where the only thing changing is the finish or color of the existing materials. When you are refacing your cabinets, you are putting new material on top of the existing cabinet frames and replacing doors and drawer fronts. 

How Cabinet Refacing Works is Quite Simple!

  1. First, the cabinet doors and drawers are removed.
  2. Secondly, the cabinet boxes are covered with veneer or RTF (Rigid thermofoil).
  3. Then, cabinet sides are covered with wood veneer or a laminate.
  4. If necessary, new door hinges are added and then the new doors and drawer fronts are installed.
  5. Finally, if deemed needed, new cabinet fixtures can be added.
  6. Once these steps are completed, homeowners can install optional accessories such as glass panels, crown molding, lighting, etc. to the refaced cabinetry.

Kitchen Remodeling can be overwhelming and time-consuming. However, cabinet refacing simplifies the process and offers you several benefits over new cabinetry.

 Appeals of Cabinet Refacing

  • The total installation process takes anywhere from 3 to 8 days
  • It is eco-friendly because it avoids any unnecessary waste to the landfills (this is great because many cabinet boxes are made of MDF which contains a hazardous chemical, formaldehyde)
  • It is cost-effective using the existing cabinet boxes for structural support
  • During the refacing process, the kitchen remains functional, which eliminates the time you don’t have a kitchen
  • Refacing offers a wide variety of colors and finishes for cabinetry doors and drawers
  • It can allow you to keep the layout the same, but update the style

Before and After: Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing can be a cost-effective option for kitchen remodeling if the existing cabinets are in good shape and the current kitchen layout is high functioning. Giving your kitchen an instant face-lift, this remodeling method has become increasingly popular over the years. To learn more about cabinet refacing and why you should consider it for your remodel Watch our video on Cabinet Refacing: