Home Repair


Those old, outdated kitchen cabinets could need a pick me up. You don’t want to spend large sums of money remodeling the entire kitchen, so focusing instead on just the cabinets could be the solution. An ideal way to get that bold new look you want is through cabinet refacing.

But this is a process that requires some careful consideration before you start the job. Let’s take a look at the essential factors that are involved for ensuring that you are happy with the finished product.

Understanding Cabinet Refacing

Simply put, you are removing the doors and drawer fronts on your cabinets and swapping them out for new veneers. You may even decide to put on new hardware including handles, pulls, hinges, and so on. You are not painting kitchen cabinets to reface them, this process is about replacing the facades that are seen by you and your guests.

Assess The Condition

Before you decide to reface your cabinets, you must first determine whether or not they are good candidates for the work to be done. If your cabinets are damaged in any way or they are not functioning properly you may need to have those repairs done before you reface the cabinetry. If the cabinets are not in good working order, you might just have to replace them instead and forget about refacing.

Fully Functioning Cabinets

So how do you assess the condition of the cabinets? Start with opening and closing all the doors and drawers. Does everything move as it should, is anything obstructing them from opening and shutting in full? Check inside the cabinets as well, do you see anything cracked and broken in the boxes or the doors and drawers?

Most homeowners will organize kitchen cabinets so it’s easier to see inside of them and they’re not pushing aside items and rummaging through stuff just to get a closer look at the shelving and boxes. It’s important that you do this so you can see the true condition of your cabinetry.

Matching Décor

When you consider refacing the cabinets with a whole new aesthetic, you must be sure that it will match or complement the rest of the interior design of the kitchen. Don’t go with bold colors if the rest of the kitchen has subtle, muted or warm tones. You should be very careful not to let the cabinets clash with the rest of the kitchen, otherwise you could lower the resale value of the home. That is the last thing you want when you are refacing kitchen cabinets.


Finally, you need to consider your costs. When you budget for a refacing job, you may find that some options are out of your price range. This will have an effect on the amount of work you can have done and the materials that will be used to complete the job. Think carefully when you budget and be sure that you are able to have the kitchen cabinets you really want when this is all said and done.