Whether you are looking to get the most for your Connecticut home when it comes time to sell, or you are simply ready for updated cabinetry in your kitchen, if you don’t want to start from scratch, you have two options: cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing. While they both have their pluses and minuses, many people tout kitchen cabinet refinishing as the least expensive, easiest route, so let’s take a closer look.
Cabinet Refinishing Explained
Essentially, kitchen cabinet refinishing is when you have your current kitchen cabinets stripped, sanded, and stained to make them look like new. In theory, it sounds great because you don’t have to pay for new cabinets. You only have to budget for the materials, which can make for an inexpensive kitchen facelift.
However, in order for refinishing to make sense, you have to have solid-wood cabinets (laminate or thermofoil won’t cut it) that are in incredible shape. They have to withstand stripping, sanding, and staining. You also have to like the style of them, because that will remain the same—it is only the color that changes in cabinet refinishing.
Why Cabinet Refacing is Superior
For a quick recap, cabinet refacing is when we use the existing interior of your cabinets, but we completely replace the fronts of them. This means that you aren’t limited to only changing the color or wood tone like you are with cabinet refinishing. Instead, you get to select new cabinet fronts in whatever style you desire. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the current condition of your cabinet fronts because they will no longer be used (but the interiors do need to be in decent condition).
In our opinion, cabinet refacing is usually the better choice to makeover your Connecticut kitchen. At first, it may seem that cabinet refinishing is a lot less expensive, but when you take a closer look at the amount of labor and supplies involved, the cost of cabinet refinishing compared to cabinet refacing really isn’t that much. Also, cabinet refacing offers the greatest impact versus investment. Your kitchen will look brand new and it will cost you about 50% less than a complete cabinet replacement. Contact us today to learn how cabinet refacing can make your dream kitchen a reality.