If your kitchen is feeling a little dated or drab, cabinet refacing can help you freshen it up without breaking the bank. How does cabinet refacing work and is your kitchen a good candidate for it? Read on to learn more.
How does cabinet refacing work?
With cabinet refacing, just your doors and drawer fronts are removed and replaced with new wood, veneer, metal, or glass. What happens to the exposed cabinet boxes that are left behind? They are covered with a wood or plastic veneer that matches the wood color of your new cabinet fronts.
Old doors and drawer fronts are removed. The remaining cabinet boxes will be covered with a wood or plastic veneer that matches the new cabinet fronts.
These rich cabinet doors give this kitchen a whole new look.
Is your kitchen a good candidate?
With cabinet refacing, your kitchen cabinet structure and layout will remain the same. So if your cabinets are in good structural shape and you are happy with your current kitchen layout, it’s probably a good option for you. Believe it or not, older kitchen cabinets are often the best candidates for refacing because they are constructed of higher-quality materials than those manufactured in recent years.
Benefits of Cabinet Refacing
There are several benefits to cabinet refacing.
1. Cost Savings
Refacing your cabinets is less expensive than replacing your cabinets. Some experts estimate it can be up to two two-thirds less than a complete cabinet renovation. Of course, this estimate will vary according to the type of materials you use.
2. Time Savings
Cabinet refacing is a relatively quick renovation project that has a powerful impact on the overall appearance of your home. According to Brad Sawler, owner of Oxland Builders, most projects take two to four days. “This will vary according to the size of your kitchen, and whatever additional work is involved—such as installing an extra cabinet or replacing your countertops,” he points out.
3. Environmental Considerations
In addition to saving you money and time, refacing your cabinets is good for the environment. By making use of your existing cabinetry, you are reducing the amount of demolished materials that end up in our landfills. Fewer trees will be cut down and fewer chemical products will be used to produce new cabinets.