Cabinet Refacing in Your Kitchen: Deciding When It’s Worth Saving Your Old Cabinets
Cabinet refacing is a project that can spruce up any kitchen, particularly ones with old design cabinetry. Refacing is a cheaper alternative to replacing your entire cabinets. But while the steps in refacing are worth doing, you have to find out if it’s really right for your kitchen based on inspection of your cabinets.
Refinishing or Painting Over Existing Cabinets
This refacing process is the simplest because you don’t have to replace the door over the cabinet. Re-painting is recommended typically if your door design is still modern enough for your kitchen. A new color, though, can change the whole look of your kitchen and make the possibly retro design of your original doors look contemporary.
Replacing the Doors
If the design on your kitchen cabinet doors is too outdated for your taste, then refacing with new wood or laminate veneer is still an easy option. A hired contractor can help you choose the right cabinet facing you want. Afterward, the contractor will take the time to measure your cabinets so the new facing can be fitted correctly. Then a separate day will have to be scheduled for installation of the new doors. It could take up to several days, depending on how many cabinets you have in the kitchen.
HGTV cited an owner of a cabinet refacing franchise with a reminder of how much savings can be had doing refacing compared to replacing kitchen cabinets. Some customers saved up to 50% when doing a refacing option. At the same time, it saved those customers from having their kitchen being unusable for weeks while cabinets were replaced. Refacing allows you to still use your kitchen for most tasks while the work is being done.
When it’s Time to Replace the Cabinets
Check the quality of your kitchen cabinets before considering refacing. If they’re very old cabinets, the chances are that they’re simply too deteriorated to make refacing an option. However, the same can be said of newer ones that were poorly built. The general surrounding frame of your cabinets has to be solid or your refacing project could end in the entire cabinet falling apart.
Here at Bradco Kitchens and Baths, we’ll make sure your kitchen cabinet refacing is done right. We’re a design and build firm with a strong history of quality and meeting deadlines. Contact us for a consultation on your kitchen remodeling or any design and building project you need.