Three Choices in Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
There is a wide variety of color and finishing options for kitchen
cabinet refacing. There are both solid colors and a variety of wood
grain finishes to choose from.
Some are very simple patterns and others are more decorative. The
quality and cost vary according to the finish material used in refacing
There are three basic materials used in most kitchen refacing projects.
These are plastic laminates, wood veneer and rigid thermofoils.
Cabinet Refacing Materials
- Plastic laminate is the least expensive option.
It also has the lowest quality in overall appearance. The wood
grains aren t very convincing. It s fairly easy to tell the difference
between the laminates and natural wood, even from a distance.
- Wood veneer looks more realistic than either
plastic laminate or rigid thermofoil. It is the most popular choice
for adding the beauty and warmth of wood to the kitchen. It is
also the most expensive option in refacing. Wood veneer is available
in nearly every wood tone. The most popular are maple, oak, birch
and cherry woods.
- Rigid thermofoils are the newest material used
in remodeling cabinetry. These consist of fiberboard material
covered with a pressure molded vinyl foil. There are fewer solid
colors and wood grain choices in this material. The wood grains
are more realistic in appearance when compared to plastic laminates
at a distance. The look isn t as good when you are looking at
them close up.
Rigid thermofoils are much more pliable than laminates. They can
be molded into a wide range of styles. This gives more decorative
options in the look of the cabinet doors. They can be molded into
raised panels or arches. More detail can be added with this material.
The cost is higher than plastic laminates, but lower than wood veneers.
Other Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Options
In most cases, the hinges and drawer tracks are not replaced. Depending
on their condition, you may want to consider having them replaced
during the remodeling. If drawers are no longer opening smoothly,
it is a good idea to replace the tracks. Some people opt for new
drawers, rather than using the old components with new fronts. The
cost is higher, but not considerably.
Other updates can be easily done at the same time. This is a good
time to replace the countertops. The old ones will need to be taken
out and put back anyway. If the counters are in good shape, it s
not a problem to put them back. If they are worn or not really what
you want in the new kitchen, this is a good time to invest in new
The sink is another consideration. It will also need to be taken
out. Whether the sink is not in the best shape, or you just don
t like it, replacing it at the same time won t add significantly
to the overall budget. Sinks are generally not very expensive, depending
on the type and material used. This is a good time to have a new
sink installed. New sinks and counters will give your kitchen a
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