Do Refaced Cabinets Peel?
Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a great way to refresh the look of your kitchen without the cost and hassle of replacing all the cabinets. If your cabinets are outdated or worn, refacing can provide them with a brand-new look that you can enjoy for years to come.
You may be wondering if refaced cabinets can peel, and how long they last. First, lets take a quick look at the process, then we can go into how long the results can last.
Cabinet Refacing Process
Cabinet refacing is a process where the original doors and drawer fronts are removed from the cabinets and replaced. The cabinet boxes are reinforced and repaired as needed and are also refaced with veneers or refinished to match the new drawer fronts and cabinet doors.
This process provides you with cabinets that look brand new at a lower cost than a total cabinet replacement. If your cabinet boxes are still good, why replace them? You only have to change the part of your cabinets that is visible unless you have the space in your kitchen, and need bigger cabinets.
DIY Cabinet Refacing vs. Professional Refacing
While you may think you can save time and money refacing your cabinets yourself, the DIY techniques available are not always the most durable, and a lack of experience in the application of these techniques can produce results that do not last as long.
Many techniques include laminate cabinet refacing, which will peel and chip over time if the laminate sheets are installed in a way that excess hangs over the edge of cabinet door openings and gets caught on the door when it opens, or if the doors are not spaced correctly and the corners touch. Once the laminate begins to peel or chip, it’s downhill from there.
If you are looking for refacing techniques that last, it is best to trust the professionals at Desirable Kitchens and Refacing. Our experienced team has the tools, materials, and knowledge to reinforce your cabinets and reface them with a fresh look that will last for years to come.
How Long Will it Take to Reface My Cabinets?
The length of time to complete your cabinet refacing project will depend on a variety of factors, such as the size of your kitchen and how structurally sound your cabinet boxes are. If you have a larger kitchen with cabinets that require more repairs, then it will take longer to complete than a smaller kitchen with cabinets in good repair.
More ornate door styles can also take longer to finish, as well as if you opt for techniques such as antiquing. On average, you can expect your refacing project to take about five days.
How Long Will My Refaced Cabinets Last?
Using an established company with proven methods is the key to getting refaced kitchen cabinets that don’t look cheap and can last decades.
Low-End Cabinet Refacing
Some companies use a lower-end process that applies laminate to upgrade the look of the cabinet surfaces. At first, they might appear fine. However, over time, they’ll wear out, peel, chip, and fade. Laminate is also prone to water damage, which can cause them to swell and look bubbly when water gets behind the film. In addition, laminate will feel artificial when compared to hardwood doors and panels or a quality wood veneer that is expertly applied.
High-End Cabinet Refacing
With a high-end refacing process, we’ll remove the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and replace them with new, custom-made, solid wood doors. We also don’t cover cabinet boxes with cheap laminate. We’ll paint them or use a quality veneer to ensure the final product looks beautiful and also stands up to wear and tear.
Professional Cabinet Refacing Services
Our experienced team can help you refresh your old cabinets and give them new life! To learn more about our cabinet refacing services, contact us today to learn more!
What Is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing?
When remodeling your kitchen, changing the look of the cabinets is one of the main updates that you’ll want to make. Instead of tearing out your cabinets that are structurally sound, consider cabinet refacing for a fresh new look.
With cabinet refacing, you get all the benefits of new cabinets at a fraction of the cost.
What Is Cabinet Refacing?
Cabinet refacing is a kitchen remodeling process where the old cabinet doors and drawer fronts are replaced with the desired cabinet door replacements. Then the cabinet face frames are also refaced at this time with wood veneers or other finishing methods to match the newly refaced doors and drawer fronts.
How Does Cabinet Refacing Work?
At Desirable Kitchens, we specialize in cabinet refacing. It is recommended that you use a professional for cabinet refacing. You can DIY this process with the right skills, patience, and a veneer kit that has wood veneers and application materials. You will also need to special order the cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
Our process for cabinet refacing is as follows:
During a cabinet refacing project we remove the cabinet doors and drawers. We also remove the fronts of the drawers, leaving the rest of the drawer boxes intact.
We then cover the front portions of the cabinet boxes with a natural wood veneer or a melamine-based product called RTF.
The cabinet sides are then skinned with laminate or wood veneer.
If needed, we will add new door hinges or reuse the existing hinges as long as they are in good condition.
The new door fronts and drawer fronts are attached, along with new handles, drawer pulls, and other necessary fixtures are added. We can rescue your current hardware if it is in good condition.
We also offer additional accessories such as glass panels, lighting, or crown molding that can be installed along with your refreshed cabinets.
How Long Does Cabinet Refacing Take?
When you work with the professionals at Desirable Kitchens, you can expect cabinet refacing to take roughly 2-4 days. The length of time will depend on the size of your kitchen.
For a 3-day refacing job, you can expect us to arrive on Day 1 to remove the doors, hardware, and drawer fronts and begin veneering. Day 2 would be spent continuing the veneering, and Day 3, we will finish the veneering and then install that new door, drawer fronts, and hardware.
Pros and Cons of Cabinet Refacing
- You can keep the same kitchen layout during your remodel.
- There are a variety of style options to choose from to meet the look of your new kitchen.
- You get new-looking cabinets for about half the cost of installing brand new cabinets.
- Cabinet refacing is not a good option if you need to change the layout of your kitchen. Layout changes and additional countertop space will not be possible with refacing.
- You can change the box interiors. If your cabinet interiors lack shelving or storage accessories, updating them may be expensive.
- Attempting to reface cabinets on your own can be challenging and requires a lot of skill and patience to accomplish correctly.
Can My Cabinets Be Refaced?
Unfortunately, not all cabinets are candidates for refacing. When evaluating your cabinets to determine if they can be refaced, we look for the following qualities:
- Durable box construction made from MDF panels or plywood. These panels must be smooth so we can add the new veneers and ensure they adhere correctly.
- Sturdy face frames made of solid hardwood will allow the veneers to adhere and will provide a solid foundation for the new cabinet doors.
- Internal hardware in good working order. Everything from the drawer tracks to the internal storage elements should be in good shape. If they are not operating smoothly or your cabinet lack storage shelving or accessories, you may be better off purchasing new cabinets instead of refacing.
If you want to learn more about cabinet refacing, read: What is refacing?
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