Refacing is a procedure where you replace or restore the outer part of a cabinet, or make modifications on its facade in order to make it look better. The process will help you enhance and alter your cabinets’ appearance without the expense of paying for new ones. Any sort of cabinet can be restored or refaced, as long as the main box is still serviceable. During the restoration process, doors, drawer fronts, moldings, and hardware can all be replaced.

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Refacing your cabinets can add appeal for less cost. Photo courtesy of Janet Shearer

Kinds of Refacing

You can use either of two procedures to improve your kitchen cabinets’ outer surface. The first involves refinishing the cabinet bases. The old finish is removed, then a new stain or paint is added. The second, uses a veneer to cover the existing cabinet bases.  Veneers are offered in a variety of woods, including maple, oak, and cherry, and colors. With both refacing techniques, once the cabinets are finished, new doors and drawer fronts are added to complete the process.

What is Better, Refacing or Replacing?

It is always a good idea to compare the costs of all the options. Refinishing is usually the least expensive choice, since it involves minimal material costs. Refinishing will usually save up to 40% of the cost of replacement, with roughly the same time frame.


When you look at the cost of replacement, get an estimate from different companies and for different types of cabinets, as the cabinet materials will affect the final price. If you replace your cabinets, you will not be able to use your kitchen throughout the building process, while with refacing you may be able to.

Whether you choose to reface or replace your cabinets, the new look will add to the appeal of your kitchen and is a good investment of your time and money