Frugal Kitchen Remodel: Reface the Cabinets

Sometimes painting just isn't an option. Peeling laminate, bad condition, or just a completely wrong style can all point in the direction of taking the next step: refacing the kitchen cabinets.

We are in one such situation, with 1970's laminate doors and integrated pulls in our otherwise cottage-y kitchen. Painting alone would not save these babies, but we like the layout, and storage space is plentiful. So we're looking to refacing as an option.

The gallery above shows a few befores and afters from some pretty successful refacing jobs. "Afters" are shown in the top row with their corresponding "befores" below.

Here's how refacing works:

  • Old doors and drawer fronts are removed.
  • The remaining cabinet boxes are refinished in place, in preparation for their pretty new doors.
  • New doors and drawer fronts are fabricated to size and installed in place of the old.

To save on the budget, we are considering having new doors made unfinished. We would paint them ourselves, as in our old place we would prefer the brush stroke on wood over a perfect factory finish.

Cabinet refacing is a particularly great option when the cabinet boxes themselves are in good condition and suitable for staying in place. It can save a lot on material waste, demo work, time, and kitchen mess.

Have any readers had their cabinets refaced? Please tell us about it in the comments below!

Related: Kitchen Makeover: From Beige To Beautiful!

(Images: Sunset, This Old House, pollywogkitchen, Lifestyle/Yahoo Canada, American Cabinet Refacing)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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