Cabinet refacing involves replacing or veneering the parts of the cabinet that are visible all the time. Therefore, the cabinet boxes stay in their current layout, but get a new finish with veneer or laminate. Other parts, such as drawer fronts and cabinet doors, get completely replaced. Finally, you finish off the decoration with complementary trim and cabinet hardware.


Cabinet refacing can bring a whole new look to your kitchen in a very short period. When you reface your cabinets, you keep the existing structure but spruce up hardware, drawer fronts, cabinet doors, and exterior surfaces. This way, you can rework an already adequate kitchen with a face-lift without interrupting your busy life. Many people turn to cabinet refacing when they'd like to update their kitchen, but don’t want to manage a total demolition. With cabinet refacing, it's easy to coordinate a new floor or wall paint and end up with a beautiful new room for much less cost than a full remodeling. It is also appealing as a do-it-yourself project within reach of an amateur carpenter.


A more complicated process might involve replacing the counter-top or replacing certain doors with glass mullion doors which truly alters and enhances the look of your kitchen. There are numerous other options that can be consider when undertaking a cabinet refacing project. Some of these include adding crown moulding along the top of the cabinetry, the conversions of doors to pot & pan drawers, an installation of light valances and even the addition of an island or additional cabinetry. New sinks and drawer boxes can be installed along with new hardware throughout the kitchen.


How It's Done

Step 1

Remove all existing doors, drawer fronts and hinges.

Step 2

Prepare cabinet surfaces for matching coverings.

Step 3

Apply matching coverings to all visible exteriors of the cabinets, in either laminate, vinyl, or matching veneer.

Step 4

Remove all existing doors, drawer fronts and hinges.

Step 5

The new look is complete.  Crown moulding and light valance can be added to the cabinets.


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