Refacing Pros and Cons


Cabinet refacing can sometimes be a good solution for homeowners who want to renovate their kitchen while keeping to a tight budget. The process of cabinet refacing involves removing all cabinet doors and drawer heads and applying the selected veneer material to the face and sides of the cabinetry. New doors and drawer heads are then installed giving the appearance of new cabinetry. For an added expense, drawers can be completely be replaced if the existing drawers don’t function well. The interior of the cabinet boxes remain unchanged and are the only clue that the cabinetry was refaced. If you are environmentally conscious, cabinet refacing reduces your carbon footprint by extending the life of the cabinetry, rather than throwing them away and purchasing newly manufactured cabinetry. It is only advisable to reface cabinetry if the existing kitchen cabinetry is in decent shape and you are happy with your current layout.

Cabinet refacing saves the homeowner money because they are not purchasing new cabinet boxes and are not obligated to purchase a new counter top (with new cabinetry, the counter top can rarely be saved for reuse after being removed from the old cabinets).  Although the process can be intensive for the contractor, the homeowner can still use the appliances during the construction process which helps reduce the costs associated with eating out. The advantages of refacing are: less expense, less material going to the landfill and a less-complicated construction process for the homeowner. The main disadvantage is that the interior of the cabinets remain the same and will not look as nice as the exterior. Also, many of the modern and updated interior storage solutions, which allow ease of access, cannot be installed in older cabinets.

While we totally stand behind our process of refacing cabinetry and believe it results in beautiful and long lasting results, it may not be the solution for everyone. It is, however, a good option to consider.