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If you want to carry out a complete kitchen remodel, you can start with cabinets because they are the focal point in the kitchen. A kitchen cabinet makeover is key to starting the process. Improving the look on your kitchen can be as simple as refinishing or refacing your cabinets and you will be amazed at the outcome.
You do not need to do a kitchen overhaul to achieve that magnificent look; simple touches will do the trick. Working on your kitchen cabinets is a perfect way of enhancing your kitchen experience, and it can become everyone’s favorite spot. If you choose to do cabinet remodeling, you can either do a refinish or reface. We will explore these two options and at the end of this, you will be able to choose the best option to apply.
Professional modelers work on the visible surfaces of your cabinet when they are doing a reface, in other words, it is a cabinet facelift. This gives your kitchen an entirely new look, and everyone will notice the difference. Refinishing, on the other hand, restores the cabinets back to their original state. Unlike refacing, whereby you change the cabinetry components, refinish is a simple task or applying a fresh coat of stain. The decision of whether to reface or refinish your cabinet depends on the type of cabinets. Significantly, there are several factors that you need to consider before deciding on whether to refinish or reface your cabinets.
The first thing to consider is the type of cabinets you have. It is important to note that it is challenging to do a refinish on laminate and thermofoil cabinets. Essentially, the refinishing process involves cleaning the outside of your cabinets. Then the cabinets are re-stained the same
color and a thick coat of varathane is applied to seal and protect the wood surface.
Secondly, it is essential to consider your working budget while doing your kitchen cabinet remodeling. Please note that the cost of refinishing is significantly lower, indeed far much lower than the cost of refacing. If you decide to do a reface, you will change the visible components of your cabinets. In essence, you retain the boxes, but you change the doors and drawer fronts. When you do a reface, you have a chance of changing the door style and even the wood. In the process, you update the look of the cabinets, and your kitchen as well. If you opt for a refinish, you will only restore the color of your cabinets. That is why refinishing your cabinets will cost you 2/3 of the total refacing cost.
There comes a time when you should consider refinishing your kitchen cabinets instead of refacing them. It is a good idea to refinish your cabinets if you like your cabinet doors the way they are. Refinishing your cabinets will 1 to 2 days, and it is ideal for emergency kitchen upgrading. If you need to make changes in the kitchen, and you do not have enough time to do it, choose a refinish.
Nevertheless, if you have dark wood stained or solid color cabinets, and you fancy light color stain look on your cabinets, then you have to do a reface. In addition, if you do not like your old-fashioned visible hinges on your cabinet door, you can do a reface by changing the doors in order to put the modern invisible hinges. If you do a refinish, the old hinges will leave screw holes on your cabinet door and these unappealing marks on the door defeats the whole essence of remodeling your kitchen. If by any chance you notice splitting thermofoil on your cabinet doors or drawers, then it is about time you consider a reface. A refinish will not do the trick. You will also have more upgrading options when you do a reface. Nonetheless, it all comes down to what you want to change in your kitchen. For that ultimate kitchen remodeling experience, get real professionals to do the work.