It is prudent to begin our discussion by defining the meaning of the term cabinet refacing. This is the process of installing new molding, drawer fronts and cabinet doors or your existing cabinets or covering the cabinets with a new veneer. This can reduce the typical kitchen remodeling cost by 30 to 50 percent.
There are several reasons that can motivate you to reface your kitchen cabinets. First, most of the existing kitchen cabinets may be of high quality and there is no need to replace them. Most of them were custom made in the 50’s and 60’s and they are still trendy. Quality craftsmanship and heavy built materials were also present during this era. Cabinet refacing allows you to cover the high-quality skeleton with nice looking contemporary materials that display a modern look.
The other scenario could be when you have just replaced your countertop with quartz or granite. Most of the existing stone tops tend to crack when removing them. You can reface so that the existing top remain where they are. Cabinet refacing also come in handy when you are planning to sell your product soon. This is the best way to increase the value of your house and get high returns on your investment. It will make the house look as good as new. Cabinet refacing will also help you when you are not ready for a long and invasive kitchen remodeling process. Complete kitchen remodeling is a long process that can be quite frustrating. Your kitchen may be out of use for several weeks or even months. Cabinet refacing is faster because you don’t uninstall the main structure.
Are you thinking of a kitchen makeover but you don’t want to break the bank by buying new cabinets? You may wish to explore the option of kitchen cabinet refacing. Refacing your kitchen cabinets will grant them a new look or create a new aesthetic style for your kitchen. The only challenge is that most people don’t know how to reface the kitchen.
The first step in the cabinet refacing process is attaching a clean plywood piece to the exposed cabinet sides. After sanding and cleaning the sides, use carpenters’ glue to attach the precisely trimmed plywood pieces. Use finish nails to secure the plywood, sink the heads of the nails, and fill the holes using wood filler.
The next step is to apply the veneer of your choice. The guiding principle at this stage is to make the right measurements. You also need to move slowly as you make the applications. Start by measuring the vertical frame (stiles) and then measure the horizontal frame (rails). You can then use a utility knife and straightedge to cut your veneers into strips that are two inches longer and a half an inch wider than each rail and stile. Cut the veneers in such a way that the wood grains will run lengthwise all the time. Hold the veneer strips up to the style and align it well so that it can overlap all the edges. You can then peel off the self-stick backing and then place your veneer into the right place as you work down the stile slowly. Use a wood block or any other flat, hard object to smooth the veneer so as to get rid of any air bubbles.
You can then use the utility knife to trim off any excess veneer from the rail or stile sides. When trimming the joint that lies between two cabinets, you can employ the guidance of a straightedge. The other cabinet refacing option you have is to strip your wood cabinets of the available stains. Sand down in order to bear down and apply new paint or stains to the kitchen cabinets. This process tends to be labor intensive but it is an ideal option if press on veneers is not appealing to you.