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Refinishing or Refacing?

Jan 12

Refinishing or Refacing?

Refacing and refinishing can be used for cabinetry that has been damaged or worn.


You can either do it yourself or hire a crew from a cabinetry or carpentry company to disassemble the kitchen cabinets. They will then sand and remove any paint or stain, and apply new paint or stain in the exact same or another color scheme.


Do-it-yourself or Cabinet Makers Richmond refacing specialist removes old doors, false faces, and drawer fronts, attaches veneer made from natural wood or laminate on top of a wood substrate to the frame, then replaces the doors or drawer fronts entirely with materials in a matching color.

Richmond Ace Cabinet Refinishing does not recommend Cabinet Refinishing.

  • Refinished cabinet surfaces are often very attractive at first but can chip or scratch easily and crack or discolor quickly after being exposed to heat and moisture.
  • Refinishing all cabinets again is often the best solution for medium to large cracks and peeling areas. As re-painted areas can be flat, bright, or shiny against other finishes that have been exposed to heat or light, they may need to be repainted.
  • Wood surfaces are often damaged during refinishing. Stripping and Sanding remove the wood's top layer, softening the wood. The wood may become warped or dimpled over time with repeated refinishing.
  • Refinishing involves the use of toxic chemicals, which release fumes even after the project is over.
  • Refinishing can be labor-intensive and time-consuming.

Richmond Ace Cabinet Refinishing prefers while recommends.

  • Refacing does more than making a cabinet look better. The veneer, wood substrate, and refacing can help strengthen your cabinet framework and make it last longer.
  • When a section is damaged, refacing all cabinets is not required. A cabinet refacer is able to often replace damaged sections without leaving any signs of repair.
  • Permanent damage to surfaces is not usually caused by adhesives being refaced. Also, if adhesive needs to be removed and sanded, the cumulative damage to surfaces over the years is lower than with cabinet restoration.
  • Alternatives to refacing adhesive are available that are non-toxic and odorless.
  • Refacing is usually completed in three to five working days. Extra time might be needed for severe damage to one or two areas or the addition or removal of an additional section.

Now that you are familiar with the differences between refinishing versus refacing, you can ask yourself: "Which method should I choose for my next kitchen remodeling project?"


Richmond Ace Cabinet Refinishing

Richmond, VA

(804) 532 5810