Why Reface your Cabinets? Cabinets account for about half the total cost of a kitchen-remodeling project, and thus have the greatest impact on a budget. They range in price considerably based on quality, the type of material they are made of, and whether they are stock (ready built in specific sizes from the manufacturer) or custom (produced specifically for your kitchen in whatever sizes are needed). Because cabinet replacement is often too expensive, many people choose to reface their current cabinets. Cabinet refacement is the process of sprucing up cabinet doors by putting a new veneer on them.
Choosing Materials After sanding cabinet doors, tack cloths are needed to make sure the surfaces are free of any dust. Self-adhesive veneer, in a number of different styles and colors, can be adhered to cabinet surface using adhesive tools. Veneer edge banding is then used to cover the laminated layers on most flat surface cabinet doors. Stylish trim can add a finishing touch to your do it yourself cabinet refacing project, as well as uniquely styled cabinet handles.
Pros and Cons Depending on the type of kitchen remodel, refacing kitchen cabinets might not fit into the overall kitchen plan. While the discount price of refacing or refinishing is real, the kitchen design plan might call for a change in kitchen layout, or type of cabinet as a whole. This new plan might make the instillation of new cabinets a necessity. Another argument for cabinet refacing comes from the homeowners of older homes. Some older homes have vintage cabinets that are often much sturdier than cabinets made today. If living in an older home, homeowners should have their kitchen cabinets appraised before remodeling. If the cabinets are of a high quality, they should not be tossed out. Many companies specialized in refacing or refinishing older cabinets in some way.