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Difference between Cabinet Resurfacing and Cabinet Refacing

If you are thinking about kitchen remodeling or some renovation for your kitchen then you may be considering replacing your cabinets. Before getting rid of your current kitchen cabinets and jumping into a complex remodel project you may want to consider refacing or resurfacing of your current cabinets. Refacing, resurfacing are more reasonable alternatives to replacing them completely, specially if you’re already happy with the architecture of your kitchen the way it is.

So, what’s the difference between refacing cabinets and resurfacing cabinets?


Refacing is a word that is interchangeable with the term resurfacing, especially when it comes to cabinet makers and professional re-modelers. It simply means that the face, meaning the front or visible surfaces are getting a face lift. So in essence, they mean the same thing.


Resurfacing kitchen cabinets is a method in which the existing cabinet outline is resurfaced with laminate, wood or veneer. So, you keep your current cabinet cases but replace all cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. You can also change cabinet face frames side panels and details to keep everything in pace. This covers up all blemishes and finish problems on your cabinets and allows you to change the wood, color, or door style for a clean and updated look. When resurfacing your kitchen cabinets, you can even choose to install new highly decorated hardware or crown molding.

For a little less drastic and more economical kitchen renovation, refacing is the next option on the list. It also doesn’t take as long to finish. You pick out new doors and drawer fronts to replace the ones you have, and the existing cabinet boxes are covered with a veneer to match your new doors/drawers. There is a wide variety of colors and finishes to choose from, even wood finishes. For those who want to update their kitchen look without changing the layout, this is a great option. And since the doors and drawer faces are being replaced, they don’t have to be in mint condition.

But what if your cabinets are in great shape and you like the style, but the color is all wrong, that’s where refinishing comes in. Refinishing is the most affordable and usually the quickest way to bring life back into dreary cabinets. It’s vital that the cabinets are in good condition since refinishing includes paint stripping, sanding, and staining or painting. Staining your wooden cabinets can give the illusion of any type of wood you want. You can go from white washed to a deep cherry wood color. It is, however, hard to go from a very dark to very light. Painting is another option, with colors limited to any under the sun. You can easily match your cabinet color to that perfect shade of blue on the dishes.

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