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Cabinet Refacing or Cabinet Refinishing: Which is Better?

kitchen cabinet refinishing process

Tired of the way your cabinets look? There’s no easier way to give your kitchen a makeover than refacing or refinishing your existing cabinets.   

Rather than spending a great deal of money on new cabinets, refacing or refinishing your existing cabinets can be a much more economical option, allowing you to completely transform the space into something new. 

To make the most out of your old cabinets, you’ll need to plan the kitchen design around their condition.  

You may find that some methods do not work for your type of cabinets, so make sure to know what works for you before committing to an idea. Depending on the material of the cabinets, you may only be able to refinish the cabinet not reface it, or vice versa. 

What is Cabinet Refacing? 

Cabinet refacing is an ideal option if you don’t want to completely replace the cabinets but want a new look for your kitchen.  

the end product of a kitchen cabinet refacing job

Basically, the cabinet framework and box are kept, while all the cabinet doors and drawers are removed and replaced with new ones. This method allows you to change the door style and color

The surrounding framework is either painted or stained the same color as the new doors and drawers.

Any handles, fixtures, and hinges are replaced to give the illusion of a new kitchen. 

Cabinet refacing is the way to go if your cabinet doors have suffered from a little wear and tear or if you’re looking to get a newer, more modern-looking kitchen.

What is Cabinet Refinishing? 

If your cabinets are in good condition but you’re bored of their existing colour, then cabinet refinishing is your best option. 

This process includes stripping away the old colour of the drawers and doors, either by sanding them down or using strong chemicals. Once that’s done, you can paint or stain the cabinets the colour you desire. 

beautifully refinished kitchen cabinets

However, you should keep in mind that refinishing cabinets does not work for all types of materials. If your cabinets are made from laminate or ThermoFoil, you cannot sand or strip away the colour, and it’s almost impossible to paint over it, as the colour will not stick. 

Changing the hardware can make a great difference as it will give your new kitchen a more polished look. 

This method is the most economical choice out of the two options for people who are looking to transform their kitchen since you’ll be paying for less material. 

As to which method is better, it all falls down to the condition and material of your cabinets and how much of a change you’re looking to make. 

Ottawa Kitchen Cabinet Refacing and Refinishing 

Giving your kitchen a new and modern look doesn’t necessarily mean having to fully replace all of your cabinetry. 

Cabinet refacing or refinishing is a great way to transform your kitchen appearance in a cost-effective manner. Our team of professionals is dedicated to delivering exceptional results that will leave you with your dream kitchen. 
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing services. Bring your kitchen back to life with Berube Furniture Repair.


We Are Dedicated to Restoring Your Cabinetry & Furniture. How Can Berube Help You?

Whether you have a single piece of furniture (such as a chair that needs repair or a table that longs for refinishing) or a whole kitchen or bathroom, we are here to help. Count on our expertise and experience in furniture restoration and repair. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll get back in touch to discuss in further detail. It is our pleasure to serve and help you.