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Refacing unique kitchen cabinetry in Seal Beach

Posted by info on 10/17/2012


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This was by far one of the more challenging refacing projects we have had the pleasure of taking on, located in the beautiful city of Seal Beach. The kitchen, together with the custom home itself, is definitely of showcase caliber and we had to take extraordinary measures to ensure that no structural elements or surrounding items would be damaged during the refacing process.

The cabinets were installed about 12 years prior to our work so the maple material has sufficiently yellowed over time, presenting the home owners with the challenge of deciding between natural finish and the alternative of staining the new material to match.  Finishing the new material using only clear lacquer would result in doors and drawer fronts much lighter than the rest of the cabinetry at the start but slowly blending in with time.  Going with matching stain and lacquer finish provides the best immediate result in terms of a consistent color pattern but carries risk of over darkening in the future as the maple material absorbs more sunlight.  Considering the pros and cons for both alternatives they decided to pursue the first option; within two weeks of our first refacing stage the material was already significantly closer in color.  All the flat panel doors, drawer fronts, and false panels were changed out using A1 plywood material that had similar grain patterns – it was imperative to use a single sheet of material for each line of doors and drawers to have the grains travel through without any disruptions.  We actually had to scrap the process for these slab portions a couple times and start from scratch to make sure the final product was as close to perfection as possible.

Kitchen cabinet refacing in Seal Beach, Orange County CA

This was one of the more unique custom kitchens matching the unique nature of the home itself. After 12 years the veneer started bubbling and cracking in areas most susceptible to sunlight, requiring the full replacement of the veneer and slab material in these areas. The task was a tricky one because we had to make sure the flex-plywood is saved while the veneer is removed so we can ensure that all the angles are maintained. We used grain matching veneer and A1 plywood throughout and used improved contact glue to make sure the issue is resolved long term.

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The lower kitchen cabinets were refaced using new veneer and slab material. The flex plywood material was reused with the new veneer to make sure none of the angles are altered.
[img src=http://southerncaliforniacustomcabinetmakers.com/wp-content/flagallery/kitchen-cabinet-refacing-in-seal-beach-orange-county-ca/thumbs/thumbs_img_3576.jpg]180Kitchen cabinet refacing in Seal Beach, Orange County CA
The lower kitchen cabinets were refaced using new veneer and slab material. The flex plywood material was reused with the new veneer to make sure none of the angles are altered.
[img src=http://southerncaliforniacustomcabinetmakers.com/wp-content/flagallery/kitchen-cabinet-refacing-in-seal-beach-orange-county-ca/thumbs/thumbs_img_3573.jpg]210Kitchen cabinet refacing in Seal Beach, Orange County CA
The lower kitchen cabinets were refaced using new veneer and slab material. The flex plywood material was reused with the new veneer to make sure none of the angles are altered.
[img src=http://southerncaliforniacustomcabinetmakers.com/wp-content/flagallery/kitchen-cabinet-refacing-in-seal-beach-orange-county-ca/thumbs/thumbs_img_3572.jpg]200Kitchen cabinet refacing in Seal Beach, Orange County CA
The lower kitchen cabinets were refaced using new veneer and slab material. The flex plywood material was reused with the new veneer to make sure none of the angles are altered.
[img src=http://southerncaliforniacustomcabinetmakers.com/wp-content/flagallery/kitchen-cabinet-refacing-in-seal-beach-orange-county-ca/thumbs/thumbs_img_3570.jpg]190Kitchen cabinet refacing in Seal Beach, Orange County CA
The lower kitchen cabinets were refaced using new veneer and slab material. The flex plywood material was reused with the new veneer to make sure none of the angles are altered.
[img src=http://southerncaliforniacustomcabinetmakers.com/wp-content/flagallery/kitchen-cabinet-refacing-in-seal-beach-orange-county-ca/thumbs/thumbs_img_3567.jpg]150Kitchen cabinet refacing in Seal Beach, Orange County CA
The lower kitchen cabinets were refaced using new veneer and slab material. The flex plywood material was reused with the new veneer to make sure none of the angles are altered.

Any time you add angles to kitchen cabinetry the complexity of the build-out and the accompanying cost sky rockets.  Refacing this type of cabinetry is equally challenging because none of the angles can be tampered with.  A single mistake with the angled panels would require the complete replacement of all the adjacent paneling and an attempt to recreate the angles from scratch, which almost never matches the existing work exactly.  We had to carefully remove the outside veneer from the flex ply using a combination of applied heat and lacquer thinner, fill in the rough surface using wood fill material, sand to a smooth finish, and apply a new sheet of veneer using the latest technology contact glue.   Fixed panels on either side of the island and the curved fixed panel at the peninsula had to be refaced on-site at the home, requiring us to build a full containment zone inside the house separating and covering all surrounding areas to protect them from the sprayed finish material.

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