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How Does Cabinet Re-facing Differ from Cabinet Refinishing?

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Many people who would like to invest in cabinetry wonder whether they will have the possibility to change the overall appearance of their kitchen several years later. They are often told that they can refinish or re-face that cabinetry. However, not much information is given about these processes. This article discusses cabinet re-facing and refinishing. Use this information to make an informed decision about which option would be better for you.

Cabinet Re-facing

Cabinet re-facing refers to the process of removing all the cabinet doors and drawer fronts from existing cabinets. The old doors and fronts are then replaced with new ones. The cabinet box remains as it was so you need not worry about the time (and monetary cost) needed to pluck out all the in-built cabinets in order to replace them with new ones. Re-facing can be done when you would like to change the cabinet doors or drawer fronts with a different kind of material. For instance, you can change from faux wood cabinetry doors to metallic cabinet doors. Cabinet re-facing is normally recommended if the cabinets weren't made from very strong materials that can stand the process of refinishing. For instance, some laminates (layered manufactured boards) will delaminate when subjected to refinishing. It is better to re-face cabinets made from such materials that aren't very sturdy.

Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinet refinishing does not remove any hardware from your custom cabinetry. All that is done is to alter the surface finish of the existing material. For instance, your custom cabinets may have been finished using the glazing technique that gave the cabinets a glossy appearance/feel. You can ask a custom cabinetry firm to refinish your cabinets by antiquing the cabinet finish. Antiquing involves giving the cabinets a sophisticated air of history by deliberately causing the surface to age (by sanding them, for example). The refinished cabinetry will look like it has been in existence for decades or even centuries. Cabinet refinishing is usually possible with custom cabinetry since it is constructed from very high quality materials (such as solid wood) that cannot be worn down by the refinishing process.

It is advisable that you contact a custom cabinetry maker, such as Kurt Sander Ltd, before you make a decision on whether to have your cabinets re-faced or refinished. He or she will inspect the cabinets and recommend the best approach that you should take to give your cabinets a new lease of life. The custom cabinetry maker will also advise you on the best way to change the cabinets' appearance without departing from the overall design theme of your home.


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