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  • Writer's pictureAlex Vitorino

Cabinet Refacing or Resurfacing?

Cabinet resurfacing also known as cabinet refinishing involves removing the existing finish using a combination of chemicals, sanding and scraping all the existing cabinet parts. This process is time-consuming and at best the end result will be just a cosmetic improvement. It will not fix structural and functionality issues like warped doors, faulty door hinges and drawer glides.

Cabinet resurfacing however, is the way to go if your intention is to only address physical issues such as scratches, dents and faded colors, to fix these problems you do not necessarily have to reface the entire kitchen, especially if all the major components barring the surface are still in good condition.

Cabinet refacing on the other hand, involves completely removing everything except the cabinet frames, which are often the sturdiest part of kitchen cabinets. Once the cabinet face frames and sides are prepped, a new durable real wood veneer will be bonded over it, brand new doors with soft close hinges, drawer fronts, moldings such as crown and light rail are installed, in some cases new dovetail drawer boxes with easy close glides are also installed.

Also, with refacing you have the option to add cabinets to the existing layout, that old trash compactor that you have not used for years can be replaced with a base cabinet, always wanted a farmhouse sink? Well that can also be done during the refacing process, the list goes on, your choices are unlimited.

We at Ideal Home Improvement, do not finish our refacing materials, all cabinet components finishes are factory-applied, which dramatically reduces the installation time and eliminates the need to deal with fumes in your home during installation, not mission the fact that you will get top notch, durable, beautifully finished kitchen that will last for many years to come. Visit our supplier and browse through their impressive lineup of doors and finish choices, be prepared to be amazed.

To Recap:

Cabinet refacing is like getting brand new kitchen and resurfacing basically freshens up your existing cabinets, refacing gives you completely new components since the cabinet fronts and doors will be replaced, you have the freedom to choose any new door design, finish, and material that you want.

Contact us for more information about kitchen cabinet refacing, we will be happy to amuser your questions. Call 978-314-7882 or go to and fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-pressure in-home consultation. We serve many areas in MA and NH.

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