What is Cabinet Refinishing?

There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to cabinet refinishing and exactly what it is. Simply stated, all the components of the existing cabinets are kept and the color or finish is changed. The most basic type of cabinet refinishing involves painting the existing cabinets and using the existing hardware and hinges.  Of course, there are options within the realm of refinishing which we will address later. 

Often times, the terms cabinet refinishing and cabinet refacing are used interchangeably, when in fact, they are very different.

  • With refacing, new doors and drawer fronts are installed – with refinishing, existing doors and drawer fronts are used.
  • With refacing, a thin wood veneer is applied to the base cabinets – with refinishing, the base cabinets are simply repainted.
  • Refinishing is typically about 40-50% less then refacing.

When your kitchen cabinets look worn or dated, you might think about replacing them. However, the cost of new wood cabinets is high, and it’s quite rare when base cabinets are unable to be refinished. Not only that, but new cabinets can also be a complicated remodel project. Here’s what you need to know about refinishing your cabinets.

How cabinet refinishing works:

  • We begin by removing the existing finish from the cabinet doors and drawers
  • You pick the cabinet color you want — it can even be a solid color of paint

The basic process for refinishing cabinets involves cleaning, sanding, priming and painting the cabinets using the desired color and sheen. Imperfections are repaired and caulk is applied for a seamless finish.  The base cabinets are painted by hand and the doors and drawer fronts are removed and are painted using a sprayer. 

Additional options with cabinet refinishing include:

  • Installing new hardware
  • Installing new soft-close hinges
  • Installing new soft-close drawer slides
  • Installing new doors and drawer fronts

Which cabinets are a candidate for refinishing?

  • Bare wood and wood with a paint can be refinished
  • The cabinet boxes need to be in good condition
  • The face frames should also be in good condition and free of rot or major dents

In addition to refinishing, we can also transform your kitchen cabinets by installing new doors and drawer fronts. Taking this route, you can enjoy a new face and finish for your cabinetry without springing for a full replacement that takes longer and costs considerably more.

When is refinishing the best option for your cabinets?

  • You like the current design/layout of your kitchen
  • Your base cabinets are not badly damaged
  • You want to update your cabinets without spending big bucks
  • You want the project competed quickly 
  • You don’t want to remove everything from your cabinets

What are the benefits of cabinet refinishing?

  • Cost savings
  • Dramatic update
  • Fast – usually 3-4 days to complete project
  • Unlimited colors to choose from
  • Less disruptive

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