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CABINET REFACING AND REFINSIHING
Reface or Replace?
When thinking about making some style changes to your kitchen, you may be considering replacing your cabinets. “Reface or replace” is the prominent question when considering which direction to go.
Before ripping out your current kitchen cabinets and getting into a complicated remodel project you may want to consider refacing, or refinishing your current cabinets. Refacing and refinishing are more economical alternatives to replacing them entirely, especially if you’re already happy with the layout of your kitchen the way it is.
So what’s the difference between refacing cabinets, and refinishing?
Deciding which is right for you
When deciding between kitchen cabinet refinishing or refacing cabinets there are a few things to keep in mind. If you’re considering refinishing but your cabinets are made of laminate or thermofoil, it is not an option because these materials cannot be sanded or stripped and it’s nearly impossible for the paint to stick.
If you have wood cabinets you can refinish or reface. If you’re content with your current kitchen’s layout, but dislike your cabinets’ current style you may want to consider resurfacing the kitchen cabinets.
If budget is your main consideration, refinishing is often the cheaper option. Estimates have shown that refinishing cabinets costs about two-thirds the cost of refacing; meanwhile refacing is about 70 to 80 percent the cost of installing new cabinets. One of the main money-saving factors is that you don’t have to replace your countertop or flooring, also no changes need to be made to your existing electrical, plumbing, natural gas or lighting (although changes can be made depending on how major they are).
A typical refacing candidate has cabinets that are in good shape structurally, have already had a new countertop installed recently, are happy with the current kitchen layout, and are looking to change the style of the kitchen by choosing a different door style and moldings, specie and stain color.
We hope this helps you in your decision process. We are available to help you further by visiting your home or jobsite to evaluate your particular situation.