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Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates

A Professional's Expertise Makes for Successful Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

by Joe Cooper
Kitchens and Cabinets Columnist

Kitchen cabinet refacing can save time and money, but it doesn't mean it's an easy kitchen remodeling project. Hiring a professional to reface a kitchen's cabinets will ensure the refacing leaves your cabinets looking as new as they can be, using the resources and expertise only a professional can offer.

Leave it to the Pros

Do it Yourself (DIY) projects are popular remodeling choices for homeowners primarily because of the potential cost savings. Kitchen remodeling, however, is famous for its numerous risks and high cost. It is one remodeling project that is best left to a professional.

Kitchen cabinet refacing is one project that can save homeowners some of the notorious hassle that accompanies kitchen remodeling. Although it is easier and less expensive than kitchen cabinet replacement, it is still a project requiring detail and expertise.

Step by Step

Consider the steps of a kitchen cabinet refacing project:
  • Cabinet door and hardware removal
  • Cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Refacing
  • Painting or Refinishing
  • Sealing
  • Replacing doors and hardware
(There might be more steps too, depending on your cabinets.)

Some of these steps could be completed by everyday homeowners, but it takes a professional's skill to thoroughly sand and reface their kitchen cabinets.

Many older cabinets make prime candidates for refacing, but are covered in at least one layer of polyurethane. It is a sealant that is popular for its looks, affordability, and "ease" of application. Removing layers of polyurethane and paint is a crucial step in a successful kitchen cabinet refacing project. It will determine the quality of the refacing itself, and will ultimately affect the appearance of the refaced kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets define the appearance of a kitchen. Ensuring they are refaced correctly is an investment worth making.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes home services and design articles and edits medical literature. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.