Refinishing Pros and Cons:

While Refinishing can provide a real cost savings compared to refacing, there are significant dust issues and painting odors to contend with. Refinishing can be a good option if you like the cabinet doors you have, and are going to a solid color or to a glaze, as long as the odor and dust are acceptable.

In order to have a factory quality finish whether a solid color, glazed, or stained, the cabinet boxes need to be spray finished on site. And to get a durable finish your cabinets need to be sprayed with a lacquer product designed for the furniture industry. The solvents used in many of these lacquer products require all people and pets to be out of the house for some time while spraying. There are some new water based lacquer product with less odor, but they still require use of respirators by the applicators and significant odors. And no matter how well the area is masked and sealed off, micro particles of hardened lacquer will float around in the air and get most everywhere in the house as a very fine colored dust.


If you have peeling plastic laminate on the existing doors or drawer fronts, your doors will need to be replaced, which will wipe out most of the cost savings of refinishing.

If you have stained wood cabinets, the only practical way to refinish in another stain color is to go darker. This is because it is feasible to spray a darker dye stain over a lighter stain, but it is impractical to remove the existing finish from the cabinet boxes and re-stain lighter.

If you have Oak cabinets, it is almost impossible to hide the grain. If you try to stain Oak to look like some other wood, it just won't look right. And it''s a similar problem if you have a solid color applied over oak cabinets. That Oak grain will show through a solid color finish, as there's just no hiding it.

Reface Cabinets is focused on Cabinet Refacing using all prefinished materials and does not offer on-site spray refinishing. 

Refacing types:

Solid Wood Refacing

Solid wood refacing uses prefinished 1/8" to 1/4" or thicker pieces of furniture grade wood and/or furniture grade plywood panels to completely cover the existing cabinet boxes, before the new doors and drawer fronts are installed. This sort of solid wood cabinet refacing is Reface Cabinets specialty. The 1/4" solid hardwood used for facing in our stained wood projects is custom milled from thicker furniture grade lumber. Special purpose adhesive is used to permanently bond the wood pieces to the existing cabinet surfaces, and it is fastened in place with extremely small pin nails to prevent any movement while the adhesive cures. Using the milled maple or cherry pieces on the cabinet face frames allows us to virtually eliminate the use of outside corner moldings, which are the hallmark of standard refacing jobs. Our finished product has nice corners on it, just like new cabinets do.

Thin Laminate

Thin laminate refacing can be either an actual wood layer on a backing, or it could be a synthetic material such as Rigid Thermofoil (RTF), or even a melamine material such as Formica. Thin laminate refacing is not an area Reface Cabinets focuses on.

Peel and Stick

If thin laminate is supplied on a flexible backer with adhesive, it is commonly referred to as "peel and stick". This is relatively easy to trim on the job and apply, although if not applied perfectly, can and will bubble and may delaminate. Reface Cabinets does not use peel and stick in our customers projects with the exception of some very specific applications where we use a special wood backed material. We are focused on delivering beautiful and high quality refacing and in our opinion, fabric backed peel and stick laminate doesn't provide the quality end product we want our name associated with.


Refacing - Refinishing - Resurfacing What's the difference?

Refacing means the old doors and drawer fronts are removed and a new surface material is bonded onto your existing cabinet boxes. The old doors and drawer fronts are discarded and replaced with new ones. All materials are prefinished offsite in your choice of finish. Refacing is the least disruptive method as compared to refinishing or replacing your cabinets. Our company, Reface Cabinets LLC, uses 1/4" thick solid wood for refacing. Many of our competitors use thin laminate products. Read More..

Refinishing involves Painting or Re-Staining your cabinets, usually re-using your existing doors and drawer fronts. This can be an economical alternative to refacing, but strong solvent odors and dust issues are part of on-site spray finishing. Oak cabinets are problematic, as are lighter stains. Read More..

Resurfacing is kind of a non specific term in this sense, because it could mean either Refacing or Refinishing.

What species of wood does your company use for refacing?

Most common is Maple, followed by Cherry. Read More..

Can you replace my countertops too?

Reface Cabinets has a top notch Granite supplier, for our customers who need new countertops. Let's discuss your needs and we will work to come up with a great solution for your kitchen or bath.

Can you re-use my existing cabinet drawers?

Usually the existing drawers can be used and we just put new fronts on them. The best case scenario for the customer is if your drawer fronts are screwed on and not stapled and/or glued on. We can generally get the old drawer fronts off, but have to charge extra to deal with the extra labor to get them off. If the old drawers are in bad shape or the glides are worn out, it is generally better to replace the drawers and glides.

What other services do you offer besides refacing?

In addition to solid wood Cabinet Refacing, Reface Cabinets LLC can reconfigure your cabinets, add on to your existing cabinets, provide slide out drawer shelf systems, and of course we install millwork such as new crown molding and corbels.

Reface Cabinets focuses on Cabinet Refacing does not provide onsite sprayed Cabinet Refinishing services.

All our materials are pre-finished offsite in your choice of color, glaze, or stain. This means that we will always be supplying new doors and drawer fronts as part of the job. If you like the cabinet doors you have now, and want to keep them and just change the color or stain, we aren't the right company to call.

focus on exceeding our customers' expectations makes us the right choice for your refacing project.

Being a smaller privately owned company allows us to provide a level of personalized service which is hard for a large corporation to match. And we are serious about making sure you will enjoy your refaced cabinets for the long haul. Reface Cabinets LLC warrants that your refaced cabinets will be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ten years. Reface Cabinets LLC is fully covered with Liability Insurance and Workers Comp. Details provided upon request.

 And quality is built in from the start of your project. These are some of the fine products we use:




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