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What is Cabinet Refacing?

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Cabinet refacing is a process of updating your existing cabinets without gutting and replacing them. Refacing is usually done on kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets are not free-standing. So they get the most wear and tear.

Are you are struggling if you should replace or reface your kitchen cabinets? Find out the advantages below… as well as the downsides of refacing your kitchen cabinets.

Refacing is making minor repairs on the outer surface of a cabinet. You can your cabinet doors, knobs and sides more appealing. The inside of the cabinets may or may not be refaced. It depends on the condition of the cabinet.

The most common refacing process.

You will use thin pieces of plywood and peel–and–stick veneer. Place these materials on the front surface of the cabinet doors. Maybe the sides too if they are exposed.

Other refacing items involve:

  • Replacing cabinet hinges
  • Replacing latches
  • Replacing pulls and handles
  • Replacing cabinet drawer fronts

Cabinet refacing is cost-effective and is very easy to do. It’s better than building or buying new kitchen cabinets. Plus you will save thousands of dollars. You can reface your cabinets for just a fraction of the time. Maybe only a day or two. See Also: Is It Worth It to Reface Kitchen Cabinets?

You can hire a pro installer to reface your cabinets for you. Or you can DIY. There are project packs with all the materials, hardware and installation manuals you need for refacing. It saves you time, money and contractor expenses too!

The downside of refacing

Refacing does not work for all types of cabinets. Is your kitchen cabinet heavily damaged by mold, mildew, termites or pests? Then you should consider removing and replacing them. Refacing will only hide problems underneath. Refacing will make your cabinets may look new for a while. But will soon give way due to the poor state of its materials.

If you do not know if you will do well with refacing. Or you would rather remove and replace your cabinets. Then consult a professional contractor. A pro will be able to help you find the most appealing and efficient refacing solution. You can also check home stores for cabinet refacing ideas. There are so many ways to update your kitchen. Refacing could be the best solution to save your aging cabinets.

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