What Is Cabinet Refacing?
Cabinet Refacing is replacement of existing doors and drawer faces while still keeping your existing cabinets boxes. We prep the work area, sand, prime and spray a top coat of selected color to match the new doors. Refacing also allows you to swap out cabinets for design purposes or for damage. No matter the goal, we’re able to complete the job seamlessly.
How We Reface Cabinets
The process of cabinet refacing is actually pretty simple in comparison to other types of remodeling projects. The whole process can be completed in much shorter time-frame than a typical full remodel.
Step 1: Remove doors and drawers
The first step is to remove existing doors and drawers to get your kitchen prepared for refacing. For most projects, Norsemen leaves the drawer boxes as they are. This is just another way we save you money during the remodel process.
Step 2: Prepping the Area
We prep the work area by applying floor and countertop protection then set up a plastic wall around the perimeter of the work area to keep dust and paint particles within the work areas as best as possible. We then tape off and paper the openings of the cabinets, as well as the walls on the sides of the cabinets.
Step 3: Sand Cabinets and Clean Cabinets
Once the cabinets are prepped, we sand all cabinet face frames, side panels and trim. Once everything is sanded we vacuum and clean the areas sanded.
Step 4: Spray Base & Top Coat
Once everything is sanded, vacuumed and cleaned we then spray on base coat and waterborne top coat. We use a HVLP system, so that means the smoothest finish as possible; no brush strokes!
Step 5: Install New Doors
The last step is to install new doors and drawers to perfectly match your freshly refaced cabinets. New hardware and hinges complete your kitchen transformation! If you’d like, you can also add accessories such as crown molding, glass panels, lighting, or storage accessories.
Step 6: Final Clean
Final clean up! We have a professional cleaning crew to do a deep clean of the work area; so fresh, so clean!
Benefits of Refacing Your Cabinets
Any time you are weighing your options for your kitchen remodel in Louisville, KY, it’s important to know the benefits, as well as a few things to be aware of before you start.
- You Keep Your Kitchen Layout: It’s important to realize that when you reface cabinets, you’re keeping your same cabinet size, shape, and layout. This is great news if your current kitchen cabinets meet your needs. However, if your kitchen needs a major change, this is not the option for you.
- You have limitless style options: If you’re looking for a specific look, refacing your cabinets is a great way to achieve it. There are a large selection of shades of color and door styles. Cabinet resurfacing affords you a variety of choices.
- You will save money: Refacing usually gives you the look of new cabinets for about half the cost of new custom cabinets because you’re not paying for all new materials and labor is significantly cheaper.
- You’re Recycling: Many cabinet boxes in Louisville, KY are made of MDF, which contains formaldehyde, a hazardous chemical. Refacing your existing cabinets keeps this MDF out of the landfill and also prevents more trees from being cut down to construct new cabinet boxes.
- It is fast: A full kitchen remodel in Louisville, KY can take 6-8 weeks. Refacing your cabinets can be done in 2-3 weeks. This means you don’t have to live without a kitchen for longer than absolutely necessary.
Things To Know Before Refacing
There are a few things to keep in mind before you start your cabinet refacing project in Louisville, KY. First, cabinet refacing is an acquired skill that should be tackled by a professional. Here are a few additional things to keep in mind when considering refacing:
- Dingy interiors may need to be painted.
- Cabinets with water damage, warping, or broken frames are poor candidates for refacing and may need replacing.
- Costs can add up. Although it is still less expensive than all new cabinets, you must consider the cost of new doors, drawer, fronts, hinges and hardware, and interior storage accessories.
- If you have cabinetry made of particleboard, it may require fasteners, in addition to adhesives, to ensure that the structure of the cabinet is secure.
How Much Does Refacing Cost?
Evaluating costs is important before you decide to replace or reface your cabinets. Let’s look at an example of a typical 10-foot-by-12-foot-kitchen in Louisville, KY.