What is cabinet refacing?
Cabinet refacing involves replacing cabinet doors and other cabinet components and applying a new wood or painted veneer to the existing cabinet boxes. This option gives homeowners a stress-free and affordable solution for renovating their cabinetry. The refacing process is an excellent option for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, or other areas of the house that have built-in cabinetry.
With cabinet refacing, the existing cabinet boxes are kept in the kitchen, cutting the cost of new cabinet boxes and keeping the existing cabinets out of the landfill. The boxes have a brand new veneer applied to them that matches the new doors.
Existing cabinet doors (which generally get more wear and become outdated much more quickly than boxes) are replaced with new, updated doors. These doors are available in a large array of styles and are finished with a fresh paint color or wood stain option.
This process gives the cabinets a brand new look at a fraction of the price and hassle of new cabinets.
Cabinet refacing also often includes new components such as new hardware, molding, soft-close hinges, and even new drawer boxes. Many clients also choose to add new storage solutions or cabinetry units during the process.
Cabinet refacing options and services
Here are some of the most popular options we offer with cabinet refacing
New drawer boxes
New soft-close hinges and drawer glides
Pull out drawers
New storage solutions
New door and drawer pulls
New under cabinet and crown molding
What’s the difference between cabinet refacing, cabinet replacing, and cabinet painting?
Replacing your cabinets involves completely removing the old cabinets and installing new ones. This allows you to change the design of your space, add or subtract cabinets, and gives you a completely new product.
On the other hand, one of the main downsides of new cabinets is the expense. Stock cabinets and install can cost up to $20,000 for a small kitchen, increasing greatly for larger kitchens and custom cabinets. In addition, installing new cabinets is very disruptive to your home and can be a waste of functional (albeit outdated) cabinets.
Refacing your cabinets allows you to keep the boxes but update them with new doors, new matching veneer on the boxes and face frames, and new hardware.
Refacing greatly cuts the cost of new cabinets while allowing you to keep your functioning boxes out of the landfill. It’s also much quicker and less disruptive than replacing. On the downside, refacing generally doesn’t allow for changing the layout of your kitchen, and existing cabinet boxes must be structurally solid.
Cabinet painting simply involves repainting your existing cabinet boxes and cabinet doors. Refacing and painting are both more cost-effective and less invasive than brand new kitchen cabinets, but they have a few major differences.
With cabinet refacing, we remove your old, outdated cabinet doors and replace them with new doors. We also apply either a wood or painted veneer to your existing cabinet boxes, which allows them to match the new doors. Refacing can also expand the possibilities and functional capabilities of your current outdated kitchen with new moldings, hardware, and storage solutions.
Cabinet painting, on the other hand, simply changes the color of your existing doors and drawer fronts. Although it’s generally a bit cheaper, painting doesn’t allow the option to change the wood species, update outdated door styles, or add upgrades like new moldings, hardware, or drawer boxes (in most cases).
Lastly, painting and refacing are different in that with cabinet painting, at least part of the painting process is done inside your home. With cabinet refacing, we do all of the painting in our shop before the install, allowing for less disruption, paint fumes, and overall mess in your kitchen.