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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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