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.

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

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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