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Refacing... the City Cabinet Center experience
by Kevan Tseng
Many of our clients have asked us if we reface cabinets or similarly, if we have had any past experience in refacing existing cabinets. Currently, we here at City Cabinet Center do not offer refacing services because of our past subpar experiences with this process. It has been our experience that the inconvenience and cost required to reface kitchen cabinets do not produce acceptable results. While cabinet refacing does cost somewhat less than having new cabinetry; in terms of value, new cabinetry offers tremendous amount of additional value, and when using our affordable stock Lotus Cabinetry line, for only a slight increase in price.
What are the differences between the two trades that lead to the slight price increase? Firstly, when purchasing new cabinetry, you will receive professionally built cabinetry. Secondly, new cabinetry minimizes the refacing mess caused by the required sanding and preparation of the existing cabinet boxes; work all performed inside your home kitchen.
Only under the following conditions do we consider refacing an option:
- If you desire to save your existing gorgeous countertops which may risk being cracked or destroyed by the removal of your existing cabinets.
- If your cabinets are quality made of a sturdy, smooth wood species, such as Maple, Cherry, or Alder, the sanding and refinishing of these materials can provide acceptable results.
Under the following conditions, we would advise against refacing:
- If you have stick frame cabinets, meaning you can see the back drywall when you open the cabinet doors.
- If your cabinets that are made from a grainy, hardwood species like Oak or Hickory, it is much more difficult to sand and refinish.
Ultimately, the consumer must weigh out which option gives better value while staying within the budget. Refacing simply adds aesthetic value to the existing cabinetry, similar to painting an old car. Even when shopping in the economy lines, new cabinetry, like new cars, will be built with updated construction technology and made of current, industry standard materials. Conversely, contrary to the purchase of a new automobile, new cabinetry does not drop in value the moment it is purchased; rather, it immediately adds value to the home.
by Andrea Lussier