Refacing and Re-Dooring

BEFORE - office break room with white Thermofoil cabinetry

BEFORE – office break room with white Thermofoil cabinetry

Refacing and Re-Dooring
by John Allen

There are a number of different ways that an existing kitchen can be given a facelift with new doors and drawer fronts. The first is simply removing the present doors and drawer fronts and replacing them with a new style in a matching color, which is often called re-dooring. This is done most often with painted cabinets, as white cabinets are easier to match with new doors that stained wood cabinets.

DURING REFACING - workman prepares sections of cherry laminate.

DURING REFACING – workman prepares sections of cherry veneer.

In addition to replacing doors and drawer fronts, refacing involves covering the front and sides of the cabinet with a new, finished material. Plywood panels are attached to the sides of the cabinet and a finished wood veneer is attached to the fronts. New molding is generally attached to the top and bottom of the cabinets to finish the look. Drawer boxes and glides can be reused. But, often homeowners will replace them with new, dovetail drawers and full extension hardware.

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Due to the labor involved with building parts to size and installation, the cost of refacing can be close to the price of new, mid-range cabinets. However, one of the greatest advantages is that there is much less disruption with refacing. Oftentimes, items can stay in the cabinets while the work is being done.

DURING - old cabinetry doors and drawer fronts have been removed. Lamination of new cherry veneer has begun on the cabinet boxes.

DURING – old cabinetry doors and drawer fronts have been removed. Lamination of new cherry veneer has begun on the cabinet boxes.

DURING REFACING - the dishes didn't even have to be removed during the work.

DURING REFACING – the dishes didn’t even have to be removed during the work.

DURING REFACING - contents can be left in the cabinets. But the drawers were removed and we selected to replace the originals with new wood drawer boxes in addition to the new cherry wood drawer fronts.

DURING REFACING – contents can be left in the cabinets. But the drawers were removed and we selected to replace the originals with new wood drawer boxes in addition to the new cherry wood drawer fronts.

Instead of weeks without an operational kitchen, the time for a refacing install is usually just a few days. If the kitchen cabinets are structurally sound and configured in a layout you like, refacing may be an avenue worth pursuing.

AFTER - office break room with cherry wood cabinetry doors and laminated cherry veneer covering other surfaces.

AFTER – office break room with cherry wood cabinetry doors and laminated cherry veneer covering other surfaces.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020
jallen@kitchenviews.com
www.kitchenviews.com

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