What is Cabinet Refacing?

The best way to explain what cabinet refacing is all about is by detailing the differences between the three (3) primary options a homeowner has when it comes to upgrading the look of their kitchen or bathroom cabinetry.

Option #1: Completely replace your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Your cabinet cases, drawer fronts, and doors are removed and replaced. This process is not for the financially faintof heart. Going “all new” is very expensive. Consumers today are bombarded with offers that promise all new wood cabinets for an unbelievably low price. This is where the old adage “if it’s too good to be true it probably is” comes into play. All new wood cabinets that are going to last twenty (20) to thirty (30) years are expensive. They’re expensive because they are going to last 20-30 years. When you see or hear an offer for a brand new, all wood kitchen cabinet special for $10,000 or less run for the hills (but check the warranty before you do  it won’t be a long one). Also, installing new cabinetry isn’t a three (3) to four (4) day process. You are taking on a full remodel so count on being without a kitchen or bathroom for at least a few weeks.

Option #2: Refinishing your cabinets. This option is a lot more involved than one might think. Refinishing cabinets isn’t just stripping them down and slapping on a little stain and paint. There are multiple steps involved in the refinishing process. If you are lucky, and you find a refinisher that knows what they are doing, you can improve the look of your existing cabinets for a reasonable cost. However, there are a few things to consider before you decide to refinish. First, unless you select a top notch refinisher there is a very good chance you will be repeating your efforts in the not too distant future (refinishers typically don’t offer multi-year warranties). Another consideration, you can only refinish real wood cabinets. Non-wood cabinets can only be painted (poorly in most cases). Additionally, most refinishers only refinish your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Your cabinet case/box will probably be given a quick coat of paint while your drawer boxes, rails, hinges, trim, valances, and crown molding remain the same. Finally, the basic design and structure of your cabinets isn’t going to change. You can change the color but not the style of your cabinets.

Option #3 (the BEST option): Reface your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. In most cases, cabinet refacing is the least invasive, most cost effective, and long lasting option available. What exactly is cabinet refacing? Cabinet refacing involves replacing or veneering your cabinet exterior (the parts that are visible all the time). The cabinet boxes, called the cases, remain in place (you maintain the current structure), but receive a new finish with veneer while your drawer fronts and cabinet doors are completely replaced (with RTF or real wood components). A quality refacing company will also include new drawer boxes, rails, hinges, knobs, pulls, and moldings to complete the transformation. In most cases cabinet refacing costs less than half the expense of replacing cabinets. Most installations can be completed in three (3) to five (5) days. You can usually still use your kitchen while refacing and oftentimes refacing qualifies as a green solution because you’re not adding to your landfill.

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New Look Refacing and More, Inc. also offers a lifetime limited warranty on all its kitchen, bathroom refacing projects. New Look Refacing can offer a lifetime limited warranty because we only use products certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). This KCMA accreditation guarantees you are receiving the best refacing products available.

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