FAQs – Your Guide to Cabinet Refacing
Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below. Detail Design & Remodeling is happy to answer your questions about your home remodeling project.
What is cabinet refacing?
Cabinet refacing, also known as cabinet resurfacing, is a term used to describe changing the look of your cabinets. The face, which includes the new doors, is either painted or a wood veneer is used. This surface, which we refer to as a skin, is applied to the existing cabinet fronts and exposed sides. It also may include new trim. Cabinet refacing means your surfaces can be either painted or stained.
What is cabinet refinishing?
Cabinet refinishing is a term used to describe changing the finish on existing cabinets, including the doors. It can be either a stain that is close to the existing color or a little darker, or a paint. Everything is kept in place, only the finish is changed.
Is it cheaper to refinish or reface compared to installing new cabinets?
It all depends on the project. Are you happy with the layout, or do we need to make some changes? The more changes we make, the more sense it makes to go with new cabinets. Usually, refinishing is about 25 percent of the cost of new cabinets while refacing is usually about half the cost of new cabinets. It’s common to make some changes like add more trim or modify a cabinet or two to fully achieve the desired results.
Can I make a few changes or would I have to go with all-new cabinets?
This is a great time to make changes. There is a limit, though. If there are a lot of changes to be made, we might recommend new cabinets. Every home remodeling project is different, so be sure to discuss the options with our cabinet experts.
What kind of wood do you use when you reface? What are the options?
There are over 30 different types of wood species available, but the most commonly used option is maple. Maple has a very consistent grain and can be stained to easily look like other woods. While something like cherry is dark and gets darker for the first year, it can be difficult knowing what it will look like later, so most people opt otherwise. If you have a specific wood in mind like hickory or cherry, we can accommodate those as well.
What door styles are available?
We can make almost any door style. There is roughly seven common panel raises for a raised panel door, and 15 edge profiles for the outside of the door or drawer. Georgia homeowners have dozens of options on the door rail and stile to give anything from a shaker style to a French country look. We can add a beaded panel for an artisan look or grilles for a glass door. Doors can be either a mitered or a cope-and-stick construction.
What drawer styles are available?
There are two basic designs. The most common is a slab drawer that can be either a straight edge or a routed edge. The second style is a five-piece drawer that resembles a small door; it has a panel in the center which is either raised or flat, two side pieces called stiles, and a top and bottom called rails.
What type of finishes do you offer?
We have stains, which can be a custom mix or a standard color. You can also choose almost any number of paint colors. There are also glazes that we can add for a truly customized look. The stains usually will have a satin clear coat over them. The paints generally do not unless they are a lacquer paint. We always have you sign off on a color that is not our standard color.