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What exactly happens in the refacing of kitchen cabinets, what are the advantages, and how much does it cost?

Posted by info on 12/2/2010


Kitchen cabinet refacing is perhaps the most “value-added” service Stonebelt Cabinets provides.

With this service you will receive the functionality and look of a brand new kitchen at a fraction of the typical cost.  That means drawers and doors that actually work properly, with other optional conveniences like self-closing door hinges and self-closing slides for the drawers!  The cost savings result from not having to change the countertop, cabinet boxes, appliances or fixtures, and from avoiding any plumbing or electrical work.  Kitchen refacing also eliminates the need for a general contractor, resulting in further savings to the customer, and requires only 2-4 days of work at your home.

Huntington Beach Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

The Cabinet Refacing Process

The most important requirement your old kitchen must meet for refacing to be an option is to have the actual boxes and face-frame in fairly good condition; it won’t work if the box or frame itself is not stable or has large portions that are flaking apart.  The typical steps you can expect in having your kitchen refaced are as follows:
  1. First Visit to the Project Home:
    • Agree on all material, finish, and functionality options.
    • Take required measurements and take any necessary items back to the shop for repair – usually old drawers and/or shelves
  2. 2-3 Weeks Offsite in Our Huntington Beach Facility:
    • Build or order new doors and finish them to the customer’s preference
    • Prepare all mouldings, accents, and paneling
    • Prepare all pull-out shelves and mechanisms
    • Build new drawers offsite if the projects warrants full drawer replacement
  3. Return to the Project Home – installation takes usually 2 to 4 days beginning to end depending on the complexity:
    • Remove all old doors, drawer fronts, crown moulding, hardware, and decorative accents.
    • Remove the actual drawers as well if they are not in good condition – often the old drawers don’t even have ball-bearing slides
    • Install all new materials prepared offsite
Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Process

Kitchen Refacing Options & Price Ranges

This process remains relatively unchanged regardless of the cabinet refacing option you select, while the price can fluctuate quite a bit.  So what are the options and price points?  The following will give you an approximate idea of what you can expect, but as always, the best way to get an idea of your options and pricing is to get an official estimate:
  • Thermofoil (Laminate) Option – $4,000 to $7,500:  This option would incorporate the use of Thermofoil doors and matching Formica material (both are essentially plastic laminate that looks like different types of wood) for all the exposed paneling and framing outside of the doors.  This material is essentially a layer of high durability plastic over MDF that is extremely sturdy and is made to “resemble” wood material.   It is typically ideal for rental properties or as a temporary 3-7 year fix.
  • Natural Doors Option in European Style Kitchens – $5,500 to $12,000:  This option is intended for kitchens that are built in European frame-less style – below is an example of this kitchen style.  We would replace the edge tape on the front-facing box panels and use new doors built using natural wood, stained and lacquered to your preference.
  • Natural Doors Option in Framed Kitchens – $6,000 to $13,000:  This option presents essentially the same components as the European style kitchen one, except the framing around the doors require additional material and labor.  For these exposed portions we usually use veneer that is also stained and lacquered to match the doors.
The ranges you see within each option represent the varying level of required labor and materials due to differences in kitchen size, as well as the specific options like the number of pull-out shelves and the door styles.  Regardless of the option you choose, you will receive fantastic value for the money with much less hassle and wait time!

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing by Stonebelt Cabinets

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2 Responses to “What exactly happens in the refacing of kitchen cabinets, what are the advantages, and how much does it cost?”

  1. Posted by Bobbie Britt on 12/2/2010

    A beautiful job as usual, you are just the best!!!

  2. Posted by Alex Jochai on 12/2/2010

    Thank you Bobbie! My father was just asking about you guys yesterday – we both miss you and wish you all the best in this festive month!!!

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