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Can Laminate Cabinets Be Refaced?

If you have laminate cabinets and want to give them a makeover, you may be wondering if they can be refaced. The short answer is, yes they can! This is true as long as the cabinet boxes are in good shape. If you have weak cabinet boxes or damaged ones, it’s recommended that you have the cabinets replaced.

At Desirable Kitchens and Refacing, we’ve put together a guide on laminate cabinet refacing to help you better understand your options.

Cabinet Refacing Process

Our professional team will start by removing the cabinet door and drawer fronts for cabinet refacing. When we reface the cabinets, you will receive new cabinet doors. We will also strip and sand the cabinet boxes to prepare them for the new finish.

Once the cabinets have been sanded, we will move on to applying the new finish of your choice. This finish will be applied to the cabinet boxes and the new doors and drawer fronts.

Once the finish has been applied, we will install the new doors, drawers, front, and any new hardware that you have chosen, such as soft-close hinges.

Typically this process will take about a week to complete.

How Much Does Cabinet Refacing Cost?

You can expect your kitchen cabinet refacing to cost between $5,000 and $15,000. Cost is affected by the following factors:

  • The size of the kitchen and the number of cabinets
  • Choosing higher quality materials and finishes
  • Upgrades to your cabinet hardware
  • Experienced, professional contractors

Can I Reface My Cabinets Myself?

You can reface your cabinets on your own to save a little bit of money, but your risk running into issues that professionals best handle. With professional laminate cabinet refacing, you will receive:

High-quality finishes- Our professionals have access to an array of top-quality finishes that you won’t likely find at your local hardware store.

Professional inspection- Our team will inspect your laminate or wood cabinets before refacing them. This is to check for any structural issues that could prevent them from being refaced. We will ensure they are not warped, molding, rotting from water damage, etc.

Faster turnaround- Even for experienced homeowners, cabinet refacing DIYs can take several weeks to a month to complete. Our team has the tools and skills needed to get the job done quicker.

What Are My Cabinet Refacing Options?

There are endless options available to help you match the style you want for your cabinets. The three main options include:


When refacing cabinets, a laminate veneer is essentially put onto the faces of the cabinets. This provides a water-resistant seal and is available in a variety of colors and textures. This type of finish is prone to chipping after a few years.

Water-borne Coating

This durable coating is available in an array of colors and is sprayed onto the cabinets rather than melted on. This type of coating is waterproof and will provide durability for years to come.

Wood Veneers

These are very thin sheets of wood that are adhered to your cabinets. They are available in a variety of tree types, such as oak and maple. They can also be stained almost any color your desire. Depending on where they are used, veneers are may be prone to chipping and peeling after they are applied.

Get a Free Consultation for Cabinet Refacing Today!

Don’t stare at those drab kitchen cabinets any longer; contact us today to get a free consultation for laminate cabinet refacing today!

James Zoppetti