Reface Cabinets

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Reface Cabinets, LLC, Cabinet Refacing, Roswell, GA

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. 

The Wood

Reface Cabinets can work in any wood species that is commercially available for the furniture industry. A majority of our projects are done in Maple because it is beautiful, durable, and can be stained to match any desired look. And Maple is more economical than most of the other hardwood choices. Of the projects which are not Maple, Cherry is by far and away the next most popular. Cherry takes stain very evenly and typically has a beautiful and attractive grain which will provide gorgeous looking cabinets.

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.