The 411 on Remodeling Kitchen Cabinets

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Should I Refinish, Resurface, or Reface my Kitchen Cabinets?

When you’re ready to update your kitchen, but are not wanting to renovate the entire space, updating the cabinets could be an excellent choice.  There are several options to choose from if you are generally happy with the overall layout of your kitchen.  You could resurface, refinish, or reface your cabinets.  Which is right for you?

Refinishing your cabinets.

Refinishing your cabinets simply means that you will keep all the components and hardware of the original cabinets and then changing the finish.  Changing the finish consists of sanding or chemically stripping the color from the cabinets and replacing it with a different paint or stain.  This method is good if you like the look and style of the cabinet, but not the color.  

Resurfacing your cabinets.

Resurfacing your cabinets involves resurfacing the existing cabinet frame work with laminate or wood veneer.  You keep all of your cabinet boxes and frames and replace the cabinet doors and drawers with new ones.  This is a great idea if your cabinet doors are outdated and are in need of an update.  You can also replace the side panels, the face frame, and the molding so that everything is uniform.  

Refacing your cabinets.

Refacing your cabinets means the same thing as resurfacing your cabinets.  It means replacing the front, or the face, of the cabinet, and any visible areas of the cabinets.  Replacing the visible parts is a great choice if you have cabinets with a lot of damage, scratches, or blemishes to make them like new.  

When deciding on which method to choose from, there are several things to consider.  If your existing cabinets are made from laminate or thermofoil, refinishing is not an option, as you will not be able to sand and paint these cabinets.  The paint will not stick.

If your cabinets are wood, refinishing may be the most cost efficient way to go.  However, if your cabinets are in bad shape or are completely out of style, refacing your cabinets may be the best choice to make your kitchen look brand new.  

What option will be best for your kitchen update?