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Renovation Tips: Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Vs. Refinishing

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Kitchens are the heart of the home. It’s where families share meals, entertain friends, and have a much-needed morning coffee.

An unattractive kitchen removes the space’s comforting and welcoming feel, causing you to spend less time as a family. While adding a splash of colour to the walls and upgrading appliances is a good first step in making your kitchen more appealing, it’s not quite enough.

Renovating your kitchen can seem like a daunting task with all the different design styles to choose from, however, knowing your options can help you make the best decision for your home.

If you’ve been thinking about making some style changes to your kitchen or even a larger-scale home renovation, there are several ways you can go about beautifying your kitchen space without breaking the bank.

What Is Cabinet Refacing?

If your cabinet doors have suffered significant wear and tear but their foundation is still in good shape, there’s no need to fully replace the cabinets.

Cabinet refacing involves resurfacing your existing cabinet framework with laminate or wood veneer material. All cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware is replaced with new ones in a matching colour and style.

If you’re happy with the existing layout of your kitchen but want to give the space a refreshed look while staying within budget, cabinet resurfacing may be the perfect solution for you.

What Is Cabinet Refinishing?

Unlike refacing your cabinets, which involves putting new material on the existing frame and installing brand new doors, refinishing simply changes the colour or finish of the existing material.

This is often completed by sanding or chemically stripping the existing colour and applying new paint or stain. It’s important to keep in mind that certain materials such as laminate or thermofoil cannot be refinished as the material can’t be sanded and paint won’t stick. In addition, your cabinets must be in good condition to achieve a brand new, refreshed look.

It’s best to have a professional complete this job for you as improper preparation will make your cabinets look less than ideal.

Bonus Tip: Play With Colour

Although an all-white kitchen remains a classic and elegant choice, there’s nothing wrong with spicing things up with a splash of colour.

The key to adding colour to a kitchen is not to overwhelm the space with too many shades. Whether you’re thinking of staining your cabinets a dark hue or want to paint them a soothing shade of blue, be sure to stick to one main colour and then add small doses of complementary shades.

Give Your Kitchen a Face Lift With Berube

A full kitchen renovation can be a huge investment, especially if you’re ripping out all existing cabinetry and adding new appliances. Kitchen cabinet refinishing or refacing is a great, cost-effective way to achieve a brand new-looking kitchen.

At Berube Furniture Repair, we are committed to helping our clients get the most from their homes by providing the highest quality of service and results possible. We’ll take advantage of your existing fixtures and transform them to give your kitchen a rejuvenated space.

Reach out to us to learn more about our kitchen renovation services and get your estimate today.


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.