If the cabinet box is still in good shape, you may decide to reface, rather than replace. After all, a full kitchen remodel can disrupt your life for six weeks or more, so why do it if you don’t have to?!

Here’s what you need to know, courtesy of Select Floors:

Cabinet refacing is:

● Great if you want to update, refresh and revitalize the look of your kitchen, but still like the basic layout and don’t want to change it.
● For you, if you’re on a tight budget. It will cost you about half of what total replacement would.
● Eco-friendly: There’s a lot less waste with recycling than there would be if you got rid of the entire cabinet.

Two caveats: First, keep in mind that you’re still using the old boxes which could already be 10 or more years old, and they’ll just keep getting older with time. Really, though, it doesn’t have that much to do with age; in fact, some find that the older boxes are sturdier than the newer ones. If they’re structurally sound, refacing is just fine.

Second, this is definitely not a do-it-yourself project. Cabinet refacing is difficult and involves veneering, which has a steep learning curve. You can’t pick up that skill in just a couple of days!

Think of cabinet refacing as putting a new skin on the box. Typically, this is what happens:

First, prepare. Remove all hinges, door pulls and other fixtures from cabinets. Since the process does require veneering, you may want to also move some things out of the way.

The cabinet doors and drawer fronts and sides will be replaced, (but the insides of the drawers remain as is) and get treated with a wood veneer, or some other substance.

Also, sometimes laminate will be installed on the sides.

If a wood veneer is used, please know that many of the most of the popular hardwood species, such as birch, maple, ash, oak, hickory, walnut, etc., are available.

New hinges, handle and other fixtures are installed and certain additional options, such as crown molding, or adjustments to the layout, may also occur. The entire schedule takes two to four days.

If you’re wondering if this is for you, come into the Select Floors showroom in Marietta or Roswell, GA, and let our pros address your concerns.