Kitchen cabinet refacing
What is cabinet refacing?
Kitchen cabinet refacing means that everything is replaced except old cabinets. The typical refacing project includes changing doors, side panels, countertops, toe kicks, fillers, and hardware. In some cases, additional kitchen cabinets and/or crown molding might be added.
When to consider kitchen cabinet refacing option
Kitchen cabinet refacing undoubtedly has many benefits in some situations. It takes less time and money to reface a kitchen than completely renovate it. The refacing process usually takes 2-3 days and you can use the kitchen during the installation. It is also a much less messy job which mean you won`t have to live like on a construction site for two weeks. There are many design options available and you will be able to find one that you like. New hardware like hinges, drawers' slides, and handles are installed with new doors. We can also add light valance and crown moldings - all in all, the sky is the limit.
Cost. Why is it less expensive to do kitchen cabinet refacing than complete kitchen renovation? Well, you don`t have to pay for electrical and plumbing works that might cost $1000 or more. No disposal fees to get rid of the old cabinets. You don`t pay for new cupboards installation. Most likely you would have to replace your quartz or granite countertop if you decide to do a full reno, whereas with refacing you can keep it. The cost of new countertops - that's where you save money with refacing.
Time. Most custom cabinetmakers and showrooms in Toronto usually have a lot of orders (if they are any good) and schedule 2 months ahead. Cabinet refacing option usually can be scheduled in 4 weeks. It is also 2-3 times faster to install new doors and panels than a complete kitchen renovation, which could take 7-15 days.
Unfortunately, not all cabinets are good candidates for refacing. If you have old framed cabinets, it might be tricky to transform it to a high-end kitchen and they might need to be replaced. Damaged cabinets have to be replaced as well. If you would like to change the layout of your kitchen you would need to order a new custom kitchen. But in most cases, is possible to do kitchen cabinet refacing and completely transform the design and style of your kitchen.
How much does it cost to reface kitchen cabinets?
It depends but usually its minimum $5,000 and up to $15,000 (most of the times around $10,000) for a mid size kitchen. Countertops are extra $3,000-10,000. Refacing (when done properly) is harder to do than just a brand new kitchen. It requires precision and accuracy to measure and install everything correctly.
What we do
When doing kitchen cabinet refacing, attention to detail is very important as a lot of things should be properly measured and installed to minimize gaps and improve the overall look of the kitchen.
The next step is to remove existing doors, side panels, and other things that are going to be replaced.
After that, we will install new side panels, crown moldings, fillers, and new wood or MDF doors.
In many cases it is a good idea to remove the bulkhead and extend the cabinets to the ceiling, finishing with crown moldings and/or small glass cabinets, which would give the kitchen a high-end look.
Oftentimes, backsplash and countertops replacement is included in a kitchen cabinet refacing project but it really depends on the kitchen cabinets. It doesn't make sense to install a new quartz countertop on the cabinets that will have to be replaced in the near future.
Materials for kitchen cabinet refacing
To make your kitchen unique, Devix Kitchens offers a variety of finishes that can be used in any kitchen cabinet refacing project. By making doors, side panels, and other kitchen parts in our shop in Toronto, we decrease the waiting time and the total cost of renovation. Moreover, we buy the best paints, lacquers, veneers, and other materials used in our products. We do not cut corners by buying cheap stuff. Screws, hinges, hardware, MDF, plywood, wood, finishes - everything of the best quality available.
Kitchen renovation starts by choosing finishes for kitchen cabinets. There are many options available with a different price point that would fit any budget. Generally it ranges in between $4000 and $15000 to do refacing. You can send us a message to get a quote online. But let's get back to the materials and finishes for cupboards refacing.
I would say that there are 3 major categories for doors and panels: low-end, middle, and high-end.
The first category includes thermofoil and some laminate options. Thermofoil doors are made of MDF with decorative PVC foil that glued on top of it. Available in various colors, these doors cost less than other options and can be pretty durable - I have seen 10 years old doors without any visible damage. However, thermofoil doors do not like heat and steam. If you cook a lot, use presser-cookers and/or similar appliances the foil will start coming off the doors. When? It depends, usually 1 to 5 years. Another drawback is that if you have a gas stove, the heat from the flames will melt/damage the foil within 1-2 hours if you use 2 burners or more. Laminate doors are durable and heat/water resistant but mostly available as slab doors and the choice of low-end laminates is somewhat limited.
The second category - middle priced cabinet doors have many options. It can be matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finish. If you like doors with a design like a shaker or raised panel than it would be an MDF door custom lacquered (mean painted with conventional catalyzed lacquer or 2K urethane ) any color you want. Mid priced high-gloss or matte can only be slab doors. There are around 30 colors available.
The last category includes everything else, like wood doors, Italian laminates, nanomaterials, glass laminates, custom veneering, high-gloss Italian lacquers and much more. Slab doors can be custom laminated with Italian scratch-resistant laminates or veneered with walnut veneer, finished with a clear coat of water or oil-based finish. Glass doors are scratch resistant and easy to clean, can suit a modern interior. Solid wood doors might be a good option for classic interiors, stained or glazed they look gorgeous. For both the second and the last categories, we offer a limited lifetime warranty. Our custom doors and panels are water and heat resistant, with some scratch resistant options as well.
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One more thing that we change is hardware. When doing kitchen cabinet refacing, we install new German blumotion hinges and soft-closing drawers by Blum. Something called glides, the rails the support drawer boxes can withstand 100 pounds of weight and backed by a lifetime manufacturer's warranty. As an option, drawer boxes can be made of solid wood (so-called dovetail drawers).
It is up to you what to chose but its always a good idea to do a research before starting any kitchen cabinet or renovation project. The cost of cupboard refacing usually is about 40% to 80% of the total kitchen remodel. Why? Because the most expensive part of the kitchen is doors and panels + hardware, not the cabinets. If you don't` want to spend a lot - consider repainting, it usually doesn't cost a lot - do your research (we do not offer repainting services).