Professional Cabinet Refacing: Key Considerations

clean kitchen cabinetsIf you are satisfied with your kitchen or bathroom’s current cabinet layout but want to modernize the room’s overall aesthetic look, professional cabinet refacing is a good option.

Often referred to as a “facelift” for your kitchen, professional cabinet refacing is a method that allows you to freshen up your kitchen with a smaller investment than a full cabinet replacement.

Typically, the process involves replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, hinges, knobs, pulls, and moldings, while maintaining and covering the current, original frames of the cabinet boxes with a complementary veneer or wood.

Not only is kitchen cabinet refacing cost-effective and eco-friendly, but it is also a smart way to revitalize your kitchen without the need for major carpentry or having to gut out your entire kitchen. In fact, cabinet refacing takes less time to complete than to build new ones.

In many cases, homeowners opt for professional cabinet refacing when the structure of their home’s original cabinets is in sound condition. Kitchen cabinets with any moisture or water damage or broken frames, unfortunately, are not good candidates.

Best of all, because the cabinet refacing process does not require physically removing the cabinets, you can leave the contents, which involves much less work on the part of the homeowner.

Time Savings = Happy Homeowners

While it depends on the professional contractor you hire to complete the work, as well as the size of your kitchen, most cabinet refacing professionals carry out the project in a week or less.

This factor is a major advantage for those homeowners who still want to access and use their kitchen space while they have their cabinets refaced.

Three Common Finish Options

There are three standard finish options: plastic laminates, wood veneer, and rigid thermofoils, or RTF:

  1. Plastic laminates. This finish is available in a wide range of solid colors, and wood-grain looks. Note: laminate is often limited to simpler cabinet door styles when compared with RTF.
  1. This finish comes in the form of a flexible, durable plastic coating over fiberboard. RTF’s qualities lend themselves to a variety of styles, including raised panel, and arched and cathedral doors. The wood grain look is very realistic, and it is also quite durable and affordable.
  1. Wood veneer. With a higher price tag compared to RTF and laminates, homeowners must ensure that their wood veneer cabinets are carefully sealed to protect against moisture. After sealing, the wood needs minimal care and lasts much longer. Wood veneer cabinets come in a variety of options, such as maple, cherry, oak, and walnut, among others.

The total cabinet refacing project scope typically depends on the number of cabinets, finish type, and hardware choices, as well as options like replacing countertops and moldings.

The key is to make sure your choices reflect what you really want and that fits with your personal style.

Next Steps

Whether you decide to replace or reface your kitchen cabinets, the first step is to find an expert to help. By hiring a professional cabinet refacing company with lots of experience, you eliminate the risk of mediocre work. Furthermore, you have a wider variety of finish options at your fingertips, a key aspect for attaining that “perfect” look.

Some kitchens are better candidates for cabinet refacing than others. Consult with a professional company, like Republic West Remodeling, that has experienced contractors available to discuss your plans.

We Offer Quality Certainty

At Republic West Remodeling, we use materials of the highest quality, and install our cabinets for maximum dependability. By combining high-quality materials, skilled workmanship, and the industry’s best warranties, we ensure our customers’ refacing and remodeling projects represent a smart total investment. Plus, it is one they will enjoy for many years to come.

Have a question? Ready to take the next step? Contact us to schedule your free, no-obligation professional cabinet refacing consultation with one of our experts today.

Jim Weisman (651 Posts)

Jim Weisman founded RW Remodeling in 2011 after co-founding Republic West in 1995. Jim’s strong belief in the importance of ethical standards, honest communication and quality work make RW Remodeling a unique home remodeling company. For more than 19 years, Jim Weisman and his team have been proudly delivering what their customers want; their dream home.