Exploring Your Cabinet Refacing Options

Are you ready to create a whole new look in your kitchen? If you are ready for a change, you might want to consider refacing your cabinets. As a much cheaper alternative to replacing your cabinets, refacing involves replacing the doors so they match your new veneer. If done properly, refacing your cabinets will make it appear as if you have purchased brand new cabinets. Before you begin the process, however, it is essential to explore all of your cabinet restoration options in order to determine which option best suits your needs.

Option #1: Full Cabinet Refacing

Full cabinet refacing involves covering the cabinet face frames and sides with a thin veneer before replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. This restoration option involves the greatest amount of work and is the most costly of the restoration options, but is still far less costly then replacing the cabinets altogether.

Option #2: Cabinet Re-Dooring

With cabinet re-dooring, you simply replace the doors of your cabinets. Since your cabinet doors make up the bulk of what you see when you look at your cabinets, this can result in a significant visual change to the room. To create the look you are after, however, you need to be sure to select doors that are a good color match with the rest of the cabinetry. Or, if you want a color that is completely different, you will need to paint the cabinets to match the doors.

Option #3: Cabinet Refinishing

Yet another option is to refinish your cabinets, which is a process that does not include replacing the door or veneer. Rather, you only change the finish in order to create a new look. To complete the process, however, you will need to remove the cabinet doors in order to reach all of the cabinet’s frame. The process may also involve stripping and re-staining the frame and doors or simply painting over the old frame and doors. Another option is to create special paint textures and effects on the cabinet doors in order to create a new look and feel.

Option #4: Cabinet Reconditioning

With cabinet reconditioning, the goal is to simply clean the cabinets thoroughly and to touch-up on the existing finish. While this option does not do much in terms of changing the look of your kitchen or bathroom, it will help make your cabinets look new again. Furthermore, this is by far the least costly and easiest option available.

If you have never refaced cabinets or participated in any other cabinet restoration project, you might not feel too comfortable with the process. If this is the case, or if you simply want to save time or be certain the end result will be perfect, you might want to consider hiring a professional to do the job.

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