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Give Your Old Cabinets New Life

Kitchen remodeling is a common home improvement project. During this project, homeowners are often looking to upgrade their kitchen by getting new kitchen cabinetry, updating appliances, and more. Many times, perfectly good cabinetry is destroyed just because the homeowner no longer likes its appearance. But what if there was a way to update your cabinetry without completely demolishing it and replacing it. Cabinet refacing gives you the opportunity to do just that. It allows you to dramatically upgrade the look of your kitchen without nearly as much work or as high of a cost. The team at Dixon Painting can complete cabinet refacing at your Marietta or Atlanta, GA home, allowing you to keep your old cabinetry while still transforming your space. Reach out to us today to learn more about this process.

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What is Cabinet Refacing?

Cabinet refacing is essentially the replacement of all visible exterior surfaces of the cabinetry. During the refacing process, we will replace the doors and drawer fronts and apply a new veneer over the rest of the cabinet body. For further customization, you can also replace all hardware, including the hinges, handles, and drawer pulls. Though upgrading your cabinets with refacing will give them a totally new look, the main structure of the cabinets will remain intact. This means less demolition and a shorter turnaround time on your project. Check out our cabinet refacing gallery to get an idea of what it could look like.

Why Consider Refacing Your Cabinets?

When planning your kitchen remodeling project, you want to consider all your options to ensure you make the best choice. After all, a kitchen upgrade is a significant investment, and you don’t want to be left with a space you don’t absolutely love. When it comes to cabinetry, you’ll have to decide between getting new cabinets and refurbishing your old ones. Many people consider refacing their cabinets if they’re on a tight budget, as it can be a very cost-effective method of updating your space. You may also want to consider cabinet refacing if you’re planning to invest a significant amount into other areas of the renovation, such as all new appliances or new lighting. Saving dollars on the cabinetry will allow you to spend these funds elsewhere and get the other items you really want.

The Pros of Refacing Your Cabinets

Remodeling your kitchen can be a fun and exciting project, but it can also be overwhelming. You’ll have many decisions to make and options to consider, so you’ll want to be sure you have all the knowledge you need to make the right decision. Make sure you consider the pros of each option and compare them to the benefits of other options. Refacing your cabinets can provide many benefits, helping your renovation go smoother. Besides the obvious benefit of requiring less invasive demolition and installation, cabinet refacing is also a good option for the following reasons:

  • Maintains Current Kitchen Layout: If you like the way your kitchen is currently laid out, refacing your cabinets might be the right option for you, as it will maintain the exact layout of your kitchen. Installing new cabinets may mean you have to compromise on this point, as standard sized cabinets may not fit in your space the same way as your old cabinets do.
  • Variety of Options: You’ll have numerous style and veneer options when refacing your cabinets, which means you’re sure to find something to match your taste. There are countless laminate and natural wood veneers to choose from.
  • Reduces Cost: Refacing your cabinets can be significantly cheaper than installing brand-new ones. It’s the perfect way to remodel your kitchen on a budget, allowing you to get everything you want in a new space without breaking the bank.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Many people demolish perfectly good cabinets when remodeling their space and opt for something brand-new. However, you can still transform your space without having to throw away materials. Refacing your cabinets means no unnecessary items will end up in the landfill.

The Process of Refacing Cabinets

Refacing your cabinets has many steps, but when done by a professional, the process can usually be completed in a few days. This means you can have cabinets that look brand-new in less than a week. At Dixon Painting, we work quickly to reface your cabinets. With many years of experience, we know what methods to use to produce the best results and work most efficiently. You can count on our skilled team to get the job done right. When we reface your cabinets, we’ll do so by taking the following steps:

  • Remove Doors & Drawer Fronts: We’ll start by removing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The cabinet and drawer boxes will remain intact.
  • Apply Veneer: We’ll apply the veneer of your choice to the front portion of the cabinet boxes. Then we’ll apply the veneer to any visible cabinet sides.
  • Add Hinges: We’ll add new hinges or reinstall your old hinges if they’re still in good condition.
  • Install New Fronts: Next, we’ll add the new drawer fronts and cabinet doors, which will perfectly match the new veneer we applied.
  • Install Hardware: We’ll install the new hardware of your choosing or use your existing hardware provided that it’s still in good shape.
  • Add Accessories: Lastly, you’ll have the option to add any additional accessories like crown molding, glass panels, lighting or storage accessories.

Are Your Cabinets Suitable for Refacing?

Unfortunately, not all cabinetry is suitable for refacing. You want the cabinets you reface to be sturdy and durable enough to last through many more years of use. Otherwise, the investment in refacing them is useless. Often, older cabinets make excellent candidates for refacing as the cabinet boxes are built with studier construction than many newer factory-manufactured options. This means that they’ll accept the new veneer well and stand up through years of additional wear and tear. To determine whether your existing cabinets are suitable for refacing, you’ll want them to meet the following standards:

  • The cabinets should have a sturdy box construction made from plywood or MDF panels that are smooth and in good condition. To adhere properly, the veneers require a smooth, solid surface.
  • The face frames of the cabinets should be solid hardwood. Hardwood face frames will properly accept new veneers and provide a solid anchor for the new doors.
  • All internal hardwood should be in good condition, including the drawer tracks and any interior storage elements. If your drawers do not operate smoothly or the cabinets don’t have all the storage options you’d like, refacing may not be worth it.

Contact Us to Request an Estimate

If you are planning a kitchen remodel, you have lots of things to think about. Let our team make the cabinetry portion of your remodel simple and easy by allowing us to complete cabinet refacing. We can help you determine if your current cabinets are a good candidate for this process and help you choose the right materials to enhance your space. Please reach out to us today to discuss your options, and we can provide you with a quote for our services.