Benefits of Cabinet Resurfacing
Benefits of Cabinet Resurfacing
Cabinet resurfacing is an effective, economical middle ground between painting or restaining cabinets and full-blown and more expensive cabinet replacement. Resurfacing, or refacing, is a great option for updating kitchen and bathroom cabinets. There are three options for resurfacing cabinets. Resurfacing involves removing the existing cabinet finish using chemical peels, sanding and scraping the cabinet box, then laying wood veneers, rigid thermofoils (RTFs) or laminate over the cabinet fronts and boxes. This is a much less expensive option than total replacement of cabinets. Cabinet boxes can remain intact; side panels, doors and drawer fronts may need to be replaced. Generally, the cost of resurfacing is about half that of total cabinet replacement.
What is Cabinet Resurfacing?
Cabinets consist of boxes, doors, drawers, and hardware. In cabinet resurfacing, a wood or laminate “skin” is applied to the outside of the boxes. Doors and drawer fronts are completely replaced. There are several resurfacing options:
Laminate is a good option for a simple change to the appearance of cabinets. Laminate is hard and durable and is available in most solid design choices. This option works best on simple, boxy cabinet fronts that are not wood and have no raised surfaces. Some laminate sheets have self-stick adhesive, or the adhesive can be applied separately.
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Rigid thermofoils (RTFs) are better used on more complex door front styles such as cathedral doors and arches. There are not as many color options with RTFs as with laminate, but the wood grain is more realistic.
Wood veneers offer the most realistic-looking resurfacing choice because the material is real wood. Cabinets can be transformed from one wood, such as oak, to a new, more up-to-date look such as cherry or maple.
Evaluating Cabinets for Resurfacing
If cabinets are wood and have visible flaws, resurfacing is a good option. Resurfacing will cover these flaws and give a new, updated look to cabinets. New material is put on top of the existing cabinet frames and the doors and drawer fronts are replaced.
The Resurfacing Process
- The process begins with detailed measurements of doors, drawers, and boxes.
- Cabinet doors and drawers are removed. Drawer fronts are removed.
- New veneer skins are carefully cut and applied to the front portion of the cabinet boxes and face frames. Some veneers are peel-and-stick, while others are applied with contact cement or other adhesives, using rollers.
- Cabinet sides are skinned with wood veneer or laminate.
- New door hinges are added, if needed. Hinges in good condition can be reused.
- New doors and drawer fronts are installed. New doors are mounted on the frames of the cabinets.
- New handles, drawer pulls, and other types of fixtures are installed; existing hardware can be reused, if desired and it is in good shape.
- Optional accessories, such as crown molding, glass panels, lighting, or storage accessories such as pull-out shelves may be installed.
Contact a Professional Regarding Resurfacing Cabinets
A comprehensive review by a cabinet resurfacing professional is recommended for your project. Contact Cabinet Refacing Trends in Colorado Springs, to request an estimate.