The primary goal for many homeowners when they remodel their kitchen is to update the cabinets. Dated, worn, drab cupboards can make the entire space look dreary and old. A fresh look for your cabinets can change the entire feel of a kitchen. This is where kitchen cabinet refacing comes to play, just call Kitchen Infinity to get started.
Many people, however, do not want to demolish their old kitchen cabinets. Instead, they prefer to use cabinet refacing to update and upgrade their kitchen. This method can bring dramatic changes to your space for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. You can also learn more about the difference between cabinet refinishing and cabinet refacing here! You can also check out our guide to painting thermofoil cabinets.
Kitchen remodeling is one of the costliest home improvement projects. So anything that helps reduce costs is a welcome option for most homeowners. When you choose Kitchen Infinity for cabinet refacing, you get a beautiful new look without spending a fortune.
What Is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing?
Have you ever owned a car that worked great and did its job, but you got tired of how it looked? This is kind of what happens for some people with their cabinets. They work just fine and serve their purpose. But you no longer like the look of them.
In this situation, resurfacing cabinets can be the perfect option. When you hire a service to reface your kitchen cabinets, you will get a new, fresh feel for your space.
In a refacing project, the “bones” of your cupboards remain. If they are structurally sound, there is no need to remove them and throw them in the trash.
What you get when you reface your cabinets is new door and drawer fronts, hinges, and hardware. Typically, exposed front and side areas of the cabinet shell gets a new veneer. It’s kind of like the cabinet skeleton is getting a new skin.
Why Choose Kitchen Cabinet Refacing?
There are several reasons why homeowners choose to reface cabinets rather than replace them.
Kitchen remodels can be very expensive. And full replacement is a significant part of that cost. For those who are working within a strict budget, refacing is one of the simplest ways to keep the costs down.
Throwing out solid, useful cabinets goes against many people’s ethos. If you strive for a waste-free lifestyle, then reusing your sound cabinet shells makes sense. You keep things out of the landfill and have a beautiful new look for your kitchen.
One of the big reasons people choose to install brand new cabinets is if they are changing the layout of their kitchen. If your configuration is staying the same during your remodel, then it is reasonable to keep the current cabinets and just update them. You will enjoy a stunning new space without having to undergo a full cabinet installation.
Living without a kitchen is not easy. During a kitchen remodel, you have a very disrupted life, sometimes for months. It is hard to schedule meals, find your stuff, or have a normal life. When you opt to keep your cupboards and reface them, you cut down on the time that your kitchen is out of commission.
When you purchase brand new cabinetry, you must go through several steps, and they can take significant time. Typically, people need to wait six to eight weeks for their new cabinets to arrive. And then you must wait for the installation. The process can feel very slow when you’re eager to use your kitchen.
With cabinet refacing, however, you do not have to wait as long for the delivery of new cabinets. Getting door fronts and hardware is much quicker. Often, a refacing job is complete in about four days.
How Does Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Work?
Although refacing your cupboards is much faster than buying custom kitchen cabinets, it does require a few steps:
- The installer will come to take measurements so that they order enough veneer and know what size drawer and door fronts you need.
- You will choose the style and color for your veneer, door and drawer fronts, hinges, and hardware. This step is when you get to select just what you like.
- The products arrive in a week or two.
- The installer removes the old doors and preps the cabinet bodies. Washing, sanding, and degreasing are necessary for proper product application.
- Your installer puts on the new hinges, fronts, and hardware.
Depending on the size of the kitchen, the refacing process takes just a few days. Then you can celebrate your beautiful new kitchen cabinets.
And since it is such a quick job, you will have quality craftsmanship from Kitchen Infinity without a two-month wait.
Kitchen Cabinet Materials
If kitchen cabinet refacing is the right fit for your house, then it’s time to choose the type of material for your products. The Kitchen Infinity team can guide you to the best options for your kitchen remodeling project.
Typically, you can choose from:
- Rigid Thermofoil (RTF)
Rigid Thermofoil is vinyl laminate. Through heat and pressure, manufacturers apply it to a core of medium-density fiberboard. RTF produces a beautiful product with excellent quality. It is durable and offers many colors and designs. The arrival of RTF on the market made refacing a straightforward process for updating your kitchen.
Door and Drawer Front Styles
The beauty of refacing is that you can choose from any number of styles to give your kitchen a new, updated look. Some homeowners select one style for the upper row and a different one for the lower cupboards. You have a lot of options when it comes to designing a space you will love.
Raised Panel Doors
This style of door front has a raised panel in the center, surrounded by a groove. These are popular styles in rustic kitchens, so if you like that look, you’ll love these in your kitchen. But they can work in contemporary and traditional spaces, too.
Recessed Panel Doors
If you flip the design of a raised panel, you get a recessed panel. These doors have a raised profile around the edge with a recessed section in the middle of the door. Many of these styles fall under the Shaker category, with plain, unbeveled edges. This type of door front can fit well into any decor. It is one of the most popular design options.
As the name suggests, these door fronts are flat slabs of material. They are common in Europe and fit the minimalist style of home decor. They are easy to clean and offer simple lines for your kitchen aesthetic.
When you want to take your design up a notch, consider mullion fronts for your kitchen cupboards. These doors include two materials, usually wood and glass. They have a wood frame and glass or another transparent material in the center of the door front.
The mullion door offers an elegant decor element and comes in several different styles. Some even include wood grids behind the glass panels for added interest.
Do You Have to Get New Drawers When Refacing?
The drawers in your cabinets will remain when you do a refacing project. But they will get new fronts. Some people choose to make all the door and drawer fronts the same. Other homeowners opt for a complimentary style on the drawers that don’t match the cabinet doors exactly.
Does Cabinet Refacing Always Work?
There are times when adding new fronts and hardware isn’t enough. Cabinet refacing is an excellent option most of the time, but not always.
Cabinets in your home with water damage or significant warping are not good candidates for refacing. They won’t last long enough for you to get a good return on your investment. In those instances, your kitchen remodel may require custom cabinets instead.
Although installers can do some repair work when they sand and prep, they can’t overcome significant structural trouble. If you are unsure about the viability of cabinet refacing for your kitchen, talk to the Kitchen Infinity experts. They can assess the quality of your existing cupboard structures and give you an honest opinion. They will not take shortcuts with your home.
In addition, if you want to change the layout of your kitchen, then refacing isn’t the way to go. With a new configuration, you will need new cabinets altogether. Speak with your Kitchen Infinity team about custom-built cabinetry, if needed.
Can Cabinet Refacing Be a Stand-Alone Project?
Not everyone wants to tackle a complete kitchen remodel. Since kitchen cabinet refacing is relatively unobtrusive, many people choose it for a simple update. The Kitchen Infinity team is at your service no matter what level of upgrades you need.
From refacing to custom builds to help selecting drawer pulls and knobs, we can accomplish any level of work you need. You can enjoy an updated space from any number of projects.
Does Resurfacing Increase Your Home’s Value?
The kitchen is the heart of the home. As such, it is one of the most valuable rooms in a house when it comes to upgrades. And you don’t need to do a complete remodel like redesigning the entire kitchen and adding backsplash, new tile flooring or beautiful countertops to enjoy a solid return on your investment.
When you are ready to sell your house, kitchen updates will be front and center for potential buyers. Updated kitchens routinely rank at the top of buyer wish lists, and they help sellers command top dollar for their properties.
Investing in new drawer and door fronts is one simple way to give your kitchen a beautiful new look. You can enjoy it now and reap the resale benefits down the road. If you have wondered about the value of updating your kitchen cabinetry, now is the perfect time to reach out.
Trust the Experts
The Kitchen Infinity team offers you an exceptional customer experience for your refacing project. Our high-quality craftsmen have the training, skill, and expertise to ensure a perfect result.
We will guide you through the selection process to ensure that you have the kitchen cabinetry of your dreams. From your first consultation through the final installation, our group has you covered, and you will love the new look.
Are White Cabinets Still in Style 2020?
In our opinion, white kitchen cabinets will never go out of fashion – they’re too good at making kitchen spaces appear large and open.
While white cabinet doors are a top choice for many homeowners, consider speaking to professional kitchen designers and see what they think will best suit your space. If you’re into these cabinets or looking in another direction, then perhaps you might be into rustic kitchen cabinets.