Frequently asked Cabinet Refacing questions
What's the cabinet refacing process - what's involved?
First you select new cabinet doors from our wide variety of styles and finishes. Then, we get to work! Our methods have been proven over the years and have set us apart from our competitors. We begin by removing and discarding your old cabinet doors and hinges. Then we strengthen and repair cabinet frames where needed. The next step is to carefully prepare the exposed frames to ensure a solid bonding. This may include sanding the frames. Next, we laminate all exposed frames with a matching wood or laminate, depending on the door material you've selected. Our special "two-part bonding system" includes the use of a special manufacturer-recommended glue, which, when applied to both panel and frame, ensures a unique bond. Finally, we conclude with the installation of your new cabinet doors, drawer fronts and hardware.
How long does it take for cabinet refacing? How inconvenient is it?
Depending on the size of the job, we can reface your cabinets, on average, in 3 to 5 days. Since we do not tear out frames, the mess is kept to a minimum. We will clean up every evening to allow you the use of your kitchen throughout the process.
What's the cost of cabinet refacing and how is it different than purchasing new cabinets?
Because we use your existing cabinet framework, usually a 40% - 60% savings can be achieved with cabinet refacing. We tell you up front what your total cost will be. We don't give you estimates. We give firm prices. We'll also give you new cabinet pricing, so you can compare and make an informed decision.
I may want to add or remove some cabinets in my kitchen. Do you do that?
Yes. We can build additional cabinets and even add new drawers to your base cabinets. We can also take out or cut down your existing cabinets to fit new appliances. We can provide rollouts, lazy Susans, new shelving and trim. New custom islands are our specialty.
What is your cabinet refacing warranty?
All of our doors are warranteed by the manufacturer. Our refacing work is warranteed for 10 years.
Is it cheaper to reface or replace cabinets?
Cabinet refacing costs range anywhere from $2,500 to $14,000 or more depending mainly on the quality of materials and the size of your kitchen. Refacing is usually cheaper than replacement but more expensive than refinishing.
Is it cheaper to paint or reface kitchen cabinets?
Painted cabinets tend to accumulate grease and dust, so they are difficult to maintain; while refaced cabinets can be easily cleaned and maintained. Painting cabinets is much cheaper and more economical when compared to refacing cabinets. Refacing cabinets extends the life of cabinets making them more durable.
Is refacing my existing cabinets more affordable than replacing my cabinets?
Yes, typically 50-75% cheaper than the cost of replacing your existing cabinets. In fact the cost of the entire refacing project is usually less than just the materials to replace your cabinets.
Do refaced cabinets look as nice as new cabinets?
In most cases, refaced kitchen cabinets look better than new cabinets. For one thing, you will not see the seams between each of the “box” cabinets (new cabinets), Secondly, the doors and materials that Ideal Home Improvement uses are of higher quality than your typical “box” cabinet. There are so many custom door options with cabinet refacing which are not available in the standard new cabinet selections.
"I was so nervous about the refacing thing, thought it would look cheap and people would be able to tell the cabinets were refaced. This is definitely not the case at all. The cabinets look amazing! Alex is super great to deal with. My contractor was so shocked at how fantastic everything looked, he even took Alex's card to use for future clients. Alex gives great ideas and really knows what he is doing. His suggestions made the kitchen look over the top gorgeous. I can't believe this is the same kitchen."
"We are thrilled with our new kitchen and can't say enough about the quality of Alex's work. He is a true professional. He was pleasant to deal with in every way, was punctual, cleaned up at the end of each day, finished when he said he would, and did fantastic work. Our refaced cabinets look better than when they were new and the new cabinets are beautiful. We worked with Alex on designs for the new cabinets and he delivered exactly what we hoped for (including a very nice wine rack). The most incredible thing is he did all this for about half the price of some other estimates we received. The only drawback was Alex is in such high demand that we had to wait a couple of months to get the work done, but it was most certainly worth the wait. We would not hesitate to hire Alex again and highly recommend him. "