For many homeowners across America, their primary goal with a kitchen upgrade is to change the appearance of their cabinetry. And there’s a key reason why — they are the first thing you notice when you walk into a kitchen and create the overall aesthetic for this space. If they’re tired and rundown, your entire kitchen will look this way.
But full cabinet replacement is often completely unnecessary, and not to mention expensive. If your cabinets have good structural integrity, kitchen cabinet refacing is the best way to save money and completely makeover your kitchen at the same time.
Here’s what you need to know about cabinet refacing and why it’s such an effective and economical choice.
Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: How It Works
You can think of cabinet refacing as replacing the top layer or ”skin” of your cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets today comprise a simple type of plywood base, covered with a thin layer of wood veneer over the top. It’s this veneer that’s replaced when you reface cabinetry, as well as all new hardware.
The body of your cabinetry remains intact while a contractor removes the doors, drawer fronts, hinges, handles, or pulls. Most of the time, it’s recommended that you replace all of these elements for the best kitchen cabinet makeover.
Here’s what cabinet refacing services look like step-by-step:
- Step 1: Your contractor removes your cabinetry doors, drawers, and shelves and leaves the cabinet shell behind
- Step 2: Then we apply a ¼” thick factory finished paneling to the exterior of your cabinets.
- Step 3: Next, we bring in new factory finished drawer boxes, drawer fronts and doors.
- Step 4: Then we move on to adding new cabinet hardware including hinges, handles and pulls.
- Step 5: Finally we add any new features you’ve been wanting.
All of the above steps usually take anywhere from 2-4 days to complete the project, but this does depend on the size of your kitchen.
How Long Do Refaced Cabinets Last?
The big question on every homeowner’s mind is, how long does refacing last? You might wonder whether it’s more economical to opt for a full replacement in the long run.
But the reality is that expertly applied veneer has a lifespan of 15-20 years. Fully replaced cabinetry probably won’t last much longer than this, too. If you’re on a budget but want to overhaul your kitchen, refacing cabinets is your best bet.
The Unbeatable Benefits of Cabinet Refacing
Kitchen cabinet refacing is one of your best options if you’re looking for a quick, yet effective cabinet makeover that actually looks like you’ve completely replaced your cabinets. Cabinet refacing basically functions and feels like a cabinet remodel.
Here are a few other standout benefits:
- It’s convenient — as mentioned, you can expect your contractor to complete the entire project in less than a week
- It’s affordable and offers remarkable cost savings. Cabinet refacing costs you almost 50 percent less than entirely replacing your cabinets
- It’s a very eco-friendly way of upgrading your kitchen. It requires fewer raw materials, and you contribute less waste and hazardous materials to landfill.
- You can keep your existing countertops. You don’t have to factor in the expense, time, and labor of swapping out your countertops in order to completely makeover your cabinets
- Cabinet refacing means you can meet somewhere in the middle with a kitchen makeover and your budget. You can choose to reface some cabinets and completely replace others
- You can avoid the cost of appliance re-installations, i.e. having to remove a fridge or dishwasher so that you can update your cabinets
- Cabinet refacing also means you can retain the original layout of your kitchen. You don’t have to re-design things so that you can fit in cabinetry. Obviously, changing the layout of your kitchen increases the cost of the project, ten fold
- You have numerous finishes to choose from. Today, wood veneer comes in a huge variety of shades, grains, and textures and looks exactly like solid wood
- There are optional extras that can modernize and add character to your kitchen. Whether it’s additional crown molding, trim, or glass panels, you have plenty to choose from
- Your cabinets will look good as new, no one will be able to tell that you’ve had your cabinets refaced. It’s one of the most cost-effective, time-effective, and environmentally-friendly kitchen upgrades
An obvious drawback of cabinet refacing is that it’s limiting when it comes to changing the layout of your cabinets/kitchen. However, it can improve your home’s overall value, allowing you to recoup much of your original investment in this project.
One of the greatest faux pas that homeowners make when it comes to kitchen remodeling is being overly ambitious with a full-scale project that fails to deliver a good return.
Reface Your Kitchen With Cabinet Wholesalers
Fresh, new cabinets can give your kitchen the injection of life it needs like no other project. Whether you’re looking to update your home or sell it in the near future, kitchen cabinet refacing is probably the best project you could consider.
At Cabinet Wholesalers, we offer the expertise, a dedicated team, and experience to bring your kitchen into the 21st century. If cabinet refacing sounds like a project you’re interested in, talk to a pro for more.