Common Cabinets Refinishing and Refacing Questions

What type of cabinets can I choose from?

Cabinets are available in a variety of styles including traditional, transitional and contemporary. A traditional cabinet will have face frame all-around doors and drawer fronts (this is also known as a traditional overlay or American style cabinet). A transitional style cabinet will have a minimal overlay, and the doors and drawer are larger, covering more of the frame. Lastly, a contemporary cabinet, or European style cabinet, will have no face frame at all, but rather only doors and drawer fronts.

What options do I have other than replacing my cabinets?

Your existing cabinets may be refinished or refaced. Ask a design specialist to help you with these options. They can tell you the best course of action to take with your existing cabinets. This can be a great cost saving option for a low budget remodel that will still look great and add value and enjoyment to your kitchen space. Read Cabinet Refacing Or Refinishing: What Is The Difference? for more information on cabinet remodel options.

How much do new cabinets usually cost?

This depends on the size of your kitchen, the material and the style of cabinetry you choose. A design specialist will come to your home if you make an appointment, and they can measure the kitchen, the current cabinets, and talk to you about your options. Then, a plan can be made for the replacement or the refurbishment of your kitchen cabinets, and at that time a consultant can give you a much more accurate price estimate.

How long does new cabinet installation usually take?

This depends on the scope of the project. In a standard size kitchen in a single family home, the replacement of the cabinets usually takes 1.5 to 2 weeks to complete. However, if you are sealing, painting or staining cabinets, that timeline may vary. Talking with a design consultant can help you answer this question in more detail.

How can I care for my new cabinets to make them last longer?

Depending on the material of the cabinets, you have many care options. For wooden cabinets, use a wood cleaner to wipe down any grease or food that might attach itself to your cabinets. If the wood is painted, warm water and dish soap is effective in removing grease and kitchen debris. After your new cabinet installation, our friendly and professional design specialists will consult you on the best way to care for your new dream kitchen.

What does refinishing kitchen cabinets entail?

If you want to give your kitchen space a face lift, but do not want to commit to the extensive work of replacing everything, refinishing your kitchen cabinets might be a good option for you and your design specialist to discuss. Refinishing your cabinets usually means altering the color of your existing cabinets. The process normally takes between 3 to 5 days.  Altering the color alone can breathe new life into your existing cabinets, and freshen up the entire look of your kitchen.


Is cabinet refacing right for me?

Cabinet refacing is more involved than refinishing and will entail new doors, drawer fronts and matching veneer for the actual cabinets.  Any look and feel is possible with this option.  This process takes about 3-5 days and is a lot less impactful than a full kitchen cabinet replacement. This is a good option for those homeowners who enjoy the current layout of their kitchen, but would like a more updated look. This is also a good time to replace all old cabinet hardware and hinges. Adding new hardware, hinges, and a new layer on top of your existing cabinets also has the advantage of enhancing the structural integrity of your cabinets, making them more durable and longer lasting. Refacing is a great option for those homeowners who wish to enjoy their kitchen in its current layout for years to come.

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