Kitchen cabinet refacing, also referred to as kitchen cabinet resurfacing, is a kitchen renovation project where you essentially switch the existing cabinet doors with new ones. The complexity of the job depends on certain factors. For instance, you may be content with the color of the cabinetry but its doors may have seen better days. In that case, the process would only involve removing the doors and installing new ones in the same color. Should you be changing the color palette of your kitchen, however, the project becomes a little more complicated.
If your cabinet’s exterior is maple and you’re going for a white kitchen, for instance, the additional steps will involve refacing the exterior surfaces of the cabinet boxes. With all the doors removed, there are several ways you can change your cabinet box’s exterior color. You can either paint them in a color that matches the doors or apply a laminate veneer to the cabinet exterior. Another method involves refacing the exterior with a combination of paint, veneer, and custom panels.
Tips for Cabinet Refacing
Plan Ahead Before Refacing Your Cabinets
There’s a lot of ground to cover in the planning stage. That being said, planning ahead ultimately results in a smoother process. The more carefully you plan, the less chance there is for unnecessary mistakes. You may want to plan out each and every step from beginning to the end before starting with the project.
Account for everything from your budget to the schedule you want to follow, to the overall expenses. Make sure to remember all the minor details such as the prices of hinges and other hardware. It’s always better to overestimate than underestimate when you’re calculating time and cost.
Another detail to account for before you reface kitchen cabinets is how you’ll be preparing meals during the project. Bear in mind that only certain parts of your kitchen will be accessible. Depending on the amount of space, you may want to close off the kitchen for the duration of the project and set up a temporary cooking zone elsewhere.
Account for the Current Layout