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Cabinet Refacing: An Alternative Worth Exploring

by Debbie Wilson

If you want to remodel your kitchen but can't spare the cost of new cabinets, cabinet refacing may offer the perfect alternative. But like any renovation, refacing is not for everyone. Find out what you should consider.

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What is Cabinet Refacing?

Refacing is the process of covering the old exteriors of your cabinets with new wood, trim, paint, finish, or hardware. In order to end up with a quality finished product, your existing cabinets should be in good condition structurally and you need to be happy with their current size, shape, and layout.

The Refacing Process

While the refacing process is fairly straightforward, it is important to follow a few simple steps. First, remove all drawers and doors and label them so you know where to reinstall them when you have finished the project. If you'll be painting or staining only, clean the faces of the old cabinets to prepare them for the new paint or stain. You'll probably need to sand them down as well as apply a degreasing cleaner. If you plan to completely replace all of the drawers and doors, measure the door openings and drawer lengths.

When you have finished the prep work, your cabinets are ready for refacing. In most cases, the end panels of the cabinets are done first with sheets of 1/8-inch plywood or plastic laminate. After they are cut to the proper size, they are attached to the cabinets with wood glue or contact cement. Finally, the cabinet frames are added to give the replacement cabinets a finished, polished look.

If you're ready to remodel your kitchen, but aren't ready for the high price tag that goes along with it, cabinet refacing may prove to be the perfect alternative.



About the Author

Debbie Wilson owns and operates a lakeside resort. Her previous experience includes profitability consulting for a national healthcare company. Debbie holds a B.A. in Business Management with a minor in Physical Education.

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