To Replace or Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets?

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Replace or Reface

Do you have questions about Kitchen Cabinet Refacing?  We often get asked the tough question… Reface or Replace?  We feel the best overall value is to Replace and Renovate your kitchen cabinets from scratch.  This is why we do not provide Refacing services.  There are many capable firms that specialize in and provide this service.  We suggest you consult your local online directory or Yellow Pages for references.  Overall there are advantages to both methods (Refacing and Replacing) and we wanted to share some of our ideas with you.

Refinishing, Refacing or Painting

Refinishing is a terrific way to update your cabinetry.  Refinishing an entire set of kitchen cabinets is a big undertaking. It’s best to hire a trained professional and they can make your old cabinets look new again. Whether you like the stained or painted look your cabinets can be refinished to reflect your personal style.

Some of the major benefits to refinishing your existing cabinetry is time and cost. You may not have the budget to replace the counter tops, the back splash and replace your flooring. Refinishing allows for you to keep those components to the kitchen in place and undisturbed.  The down time should also be significantly less than a full kitchen remodel.

A painted look can disguise wood grain but painted cabinets can peel if the surface is not prepared correctly. Painting cabinets can be more expensive than refacing them and usually requires more work. If painting over wood, the paint is more likely to crack over time due to shifting in the wood caused by humidity content in the air.

Replace or Reface


Replacing, Remodeling, Renovating

Refacing or refinishing isn’t for every kitchen. Often the whole point of a kitchen renovation is to rework the existing layout into an arrangement that works better for you.  Perhaps your existing cabinets are beginning to fall apart or weren’t well built to begin with.

A full kitchen remodel gives you the chance to look at new appliances, plan for the double ovens you’ve always wanted.  You are also going to need to allow a budget for new flooring, new counter tops, a new sink and faucet.

Another major selling point to a renovation are all the solutions for cabinets offered today. Melamine boxes with side mounted slides have been replaced with metal or dovetail drawers with undermount slides and integrated soft-closing features. Corner cabinets with different types of lazy susans, corner drawers, Pull-out garbage, recycling centers, racks for baking sheets, soft-close doors… the list of items that you can add to your cabinetry is truly endless.  If the budget allows, a few of these bells and whistles could add extra function to your space.

You can view our Product Showcase Gallery to get a better idea for your next full kitchen renovation project, book an appointment or visit one of our showrooms located in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton.


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