Cabinet refacing can be performed in both residential and commercial settings. All cabinetry can be refaced (wood, laminate, thermofoil, even MDF). Worn, outdated cabinetry can be easily transformed to rich cherry, maple, hickory, pecan and alder cabinetry in a variety of door styles and finishes including paints, glazes and distressed finishes. Cabinet refacing will transform any outdated kitchen into a modern, custom looking kitchen at half the cost of new cabinets.
The refacing process involves replacing the old doors and drawer fronts with new full overlay doors and drawer fronts for a modern, updated look. Four and six-lite doors are also available to accommodate glass inserts. In some instances specialty glass, such as stained glass, can be reused in the new doors. Cabinet boxes usually remain in place, which is environmentally friendly and preserves existing countertops. Home and business owners often have expensive granite or solid surface countertops that they want to preserve. However, preserving existing countertops is often not an option when installing new replacement cabinetry.
During the cabinet refacing process, matching genuine wood veneer is applied to the exterior cabinet frames. Wood veneer is very expensive and has been used in the production of fine wood furniture and musical instruments for hundreds of years and will last many years. To ensure proper adhesion of the wood veneer, the cabinet frames are thoroughly cleaned and abraded and commercial waterborne adhesive is applied to both surfaces, to the wood veneer and the cabinet frames. Request your refacing contractor to use an environmentally friendly, low-VOC waterborne adhesive to reduce the odor and fire risks associated with solvent-based adhesives. As a final step in the veneering process, the three-quarter inch interior cabinet frame lips are painted with coordinating commercial paint to seal the edges of the wood veneer and to provide a professional look - make sure your refacing contractor includes this important step.
Since cabinet frames are the least attractive part of cabinets, when refacing it is important to use full overlay doors and drawer fronts. The overlay affects how much of the cabinet frame remains showing after the new doors and drawer fronts are installed. Full overlay means that there is very little cabinet frame showing around each door and drawer front (one-quarter to three-eighths inch compared to two inches with standard overlay doors and drawer fronts) creating a modern, seamless appearance to the refaced cabinetry. In addition, exposed end panels, including oversized refrigerator, island and peninsula panels, are covered with matching quarter-inch flat wood panels or three-quarter inch solid wood, full overlay decorative panels for a custom, high end look.
Most of the features available in new cabinetry are also available in cabinet refacing. Concealed soft close hinges, replacement drawer boxes and rollout trays with full-extension soft close glides, blind corner pivoting lazy susans and full-extension soft close trashcan units are just a few of the many features available in cabinet refacing. To further customize the refacing project, solid wood trim, including upper crown molding, light valance (lower crown molding), corbels, table legs and bead board, can be added to the refacing project. Following are many of the standard features included in cabinet refacing projects:
1) Full overlay, solid wood doors and drawer fronts (avoid less expensive, standard overlay, vinyl and thermofoil doors and drawer fronts, if possible)
2) Concealed soft close door hinges
3) Matching genuine wood veneer for the cabinet frames
4) Matching quarter-inch wood end panels and kick plates
5) Matching solid wood trim including decorative base molding for exposed lower panels
6) New cabinet hardware (knobs, handles and pulls)
7) Commercial silicone bumpers to protect the new doors and drawer fronts
8) Disposal of the old doors, drawer fronts and trim
As a bonus, certain U.S. cabinet manufacturers also offer replacement doors, drawer fronts and trim in addition to new cabinetry, which allows home and business owners to add new cabinetry to their refacing project. A new utility or pantry unit, a new pullout trash unit, a new all-drawer unit, or even all new 42-inch upper wall cabinets can be easily added to the refacing project. The new cabinetry is usually installed during the five day refacing process. Best of all, your friends will think you spent thousands more than you did!