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Cabinet Refacing: Replace vs. Reface

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When remodeling your space, you may have the option of replacing or refacing your existing cabinetry.

When to Reface Cabinets?

Did you know that approximately 70% of the cost of replacing cabinets lies in the price of replacing the face frame and doors? This makes cabinet refacing a solid option for people who are satisfied with their existing cabinet layout.

When kitchen cabinet refacing, the existing cabinets are left in place and the exterior portions are covered with a veneer of wood or vinyl, refinishing cabinets with a clean, new look. The existing doors and drawer fronts are removed and discarded while new doors and drawer fronts are installed.

If you choose to reface, your current cabinets should be in “very good” to “excellent” condition from a construction standpoint. Additionally, the drawers and drawer guides should be in good working order.

When to Replace Cabinets?

There are many advantages to replacing cabinets, including the ability to change the color, style, and—in many cases—the layout of the room.

Replacing your cabinets will also provide you with options that can help you simplify your space while creating additional convenience and function… such as rollout trays, lazy susans, wood base organizers, and pullout trash and recycle drawers. Decorative bases and posts, wood wall hoods, moldings, and corbels are also all available to add the perfect designer touch.

Framed Cabinets vs. Frameless (Euro) Cabinets

Cabinets comes in two categories: framed and frameless.

Framed cabinets include a wood frame (also known as a face frame) that surrounds the front of the cabinet box, much like a picture frame. The doors are attached by hinges to the face frame. You’ll commonly find framed cabinets in most modern or traditional kitchens.

Frameless cabinets (also known as European style or Euro cabinets) have no face frame. The doors attach to the inside of the cabinet box with special hinges.

Standard Overlay vs. Full Overlay Cabinets

Door styles also fall into two main categories: Standard overlay and full overlay cabinets.

Standard overlay allows a portion of the face frame to be seen around the door (depending on the door style).

Full overlay cabinets cover most of the face frame and requires knobs or handles. Because the doors on full overlay cabinets are larger in comparison, full overlay tends to be the more expensive option.

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Cabinet Refacing: Replace vs. Reface

When remodeling your space, you may have the option of replacing or refacing your existing cabinetry.