Desirable Kitchens and Refacing logodesirable kitchens and refacing logo

Don’t you deserve a new kitchen?

“Gladly Servicing All of Western Pennsylvania”
Take Advantage of Our LIMITED OFFER!

Fill out our form today for $200.00 off your estimate!
For information or a FREE consultation,visit our CONTACT US page, submit your request, and someone will call you soon!

installing cabinet door hinges

Getting New Doors for Your Kitchen Cabinets

A full kitchen remodel may not be in your budget. But, there is a way to give your kitchen a fresh look without of the cost of a total remodel. Just reface your cabinets! By refacing your cabinets, you keep the existing cabinets and update the doors and hardware.

Picking New Cabinet Doors

When picking out your new kitchen cabinet doors, you will have the option of three materials. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages.

Solid Wood

Cabinets can be made from wood like cherry, maple, or oak. The benefit of using solid wood is that it can be personalized with stains, paints, glazes, and finishes.


Thermofoil is a thin, vinyl laminate that is heated and pressurized onto a medium-density fiberboard. While you cannot personalize it, it does come in a variety of colors and styles.

Medium Density Fiberboard

This is engineered composite wood. It is easy to paint and resists warping from humidity. MDF gives the appearance of solid wood without the cost.

Picking An Overlay

After you have selected your kitchen cabinet doors, Pittsburgh’s Desirable Kitchen and Refacing recommend you choose an overlay style.
Standard Overlays: Known as a traditional overlay, standard overlays expose the cabinet’s box face around the doors and drawers.

Full Overlays

Full overlays have the cabinet doors mounted. This means they totally cover the cabinet box with no frame showing around the doors and drawers.


Inset doors form a flush surface with the front face of a cabinet when they are fully closed.

Cabinet Hardware

Kitchen cabinet hardware is an important part of the kitchen makeover. The hardware can add character and personality to your kitchen. Cabinet hardware includes hinges, handles, pulls, and knobs. The doors and overlay styles you pick will play a part in what hinges you use. The rest is up to your personal preference.
Keep in mind that framed cabinets have hinges attached to the door and frame while frameless cabinets have hinges attached to the door and frame.

European Hinges

Also known as a concealed hinge, this type of hinge is not visible when closed. European hinges offer a more contemporary look as they offer a clean appearance to your cabinetry. This hinge type is self-closing and limits the door opening to 100 degrees. European hinges can be used with cabinet doors or frameless cabinets.

Traditional Hinges

Also known as an exposed hinge, this type of hinge is visible outside of the cabinet. There is a multitude of traditional hinges including spring-loaded, self-closing barrel hinges, and knife hinges which all the door to open to 180 degrees.

When considering a makeover to your kitchen cabinet doors, Pittsburgh’s Desirable Kitchen and Refacing will make sure all your needs are met. Serving all of Western Pennsylvania, Desirable Kitchen and Refacing will make sure you are satisfied with your kitchen makeover. Call Desirable Kitchen and Refacing at 412-515-0582 or fill out our form on the contact us page!  You deserve the kitchen of your dreams!

James Zoppetti