Update Your Kitchen With “New” Old Cabinets

Are your kitchen cabinets looking a little shabby (not shabby chic, worn out shabby)?  Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or you simply want to improve it for your own enjoyment, refacing old, ugly kitchen cabinets is a good place to start.


Refacing cabinets is the process of covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of plastic laminate or real wood.  Then you can add new doors/drawer fronts to match or complement the new veneer.  Complete the process by adding new hinges, handles, and molding.

There are some pros and cons to refacing:


  • Costs significantly less than replacing cabinets
  • Requires less time than replacing
  • You don’t have the added hassle of having to tear out old cabinets
  • Kitchen is still useable while refacing
  • It’s a “green” option because you won’t be adding old cabinets to a landfill


  • You can’t fix a bad kitchen design with refacing
  • There are a lot of expensive options for veneers and hardware to tempt you and you may end up spending almost as much as you would replacing cabinets

As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons!


So, what are your options for refacing?  The choices are nearly limitless!  You can find veneers in a wide variety of colors, patterns, grains, textures, etc.  You can mix and match them to come up with a unique look to match your vision. Thermofoil doors are durable and an affordable alternative to wood or laminate doors.  Plastic laminates are also very durable and offer tons of options for colors and patterns. They are reasonably priced as well.  Real wood is going to be more expensive, and will need to be carefully sealed to protect against moisture, but offer quality and beauty with woods such as oak, cherry, and maple and a wonderful array of stain colors. The Pros & Cons of Thermofoil Cabinets


It’s important to know that refacing is feasible only if your existing cabinet boxes are in good shape structurally. If your cabinets have water damage, warping, or broken frames, they are not a good candidate for refacing. Understanding Cabinet Refacing

Whether you decide to do it yourself or you hire someone to reface your cabinets, it is a relatively affordable way to give your kitchen a whole new look!

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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