Is cabinet refacing right for you? When working through a kitchen or bath remodel, you might want a completely new look, but your existing cabinets are in good shape. Consider refacing your cabinets instead of replacing them.
When your cabinets are still in good shape, but you’d like a design change, consider cabinet refacing. Refacing cabinets will work best on solid wood cabinetry which typically has a longer life span due to its solid construction. If you are working with laminate or less expensive cabinets in your kitchen, it is typically recommended to replace them versus refacing.
Another consideration is whether you are remodeling or repositioning cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom. If so, you may be better off replacing, because cabinet sizing can change depending on the position of your cabinets.
What is Cabinet Refacing?
Cabinet refacing uses veneers to provide an overlay to your existing cabinets, giving them a brand new look at a fraction of the cost of replacing your cabinets. Refacing cabinets has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the advancement of the quality of materials and the rising cost of wood needed to make new cabinets.
In the cabinet refacing process, the doors are removed so that the outside of the cabinets can be updated. Then, the doors are updated separately and the cabinets are reassembled. You might choose a different design for the front of your cabinet doors as part of this process. Many homeowners will also take this opportunity to replace the hardware (cabinet hinges and pulls) to complete their updated design look. The entire process of cabinet refacing takes a matter of days instead of the weeks or months that a new cabinet build and installation can take.
If you aren’t sure whether your cabinets are suitable for cabinet refacing, contact one of our kitchen experts or stop by our Chambersburg showroom and we can discuss your options.