Refinishing, Refacing & Resurfacing Cabinets?

So your kitchen is old and you want to change it and have a new look. Before tearing out your old cabinets and getting into an expensive and complicated remodel project you may want to consider refacing, resurfacing, or refinishing your current cabinets. There are some more economical alternatives which include refacing, resurfacing or refinishing. These are great solutions if you're already satisfied with the layout of your cabinets the way it is.

So what's the difference between refacing cabinets, resurfacing, and refinishing?


Putting on laminate or wood veneer is used to replace the existing cabinet framework. This process replaces all the existing cabinet boxes but replace all cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. Replacing cabinet side panels, face frames and moldings will create a new and attractive look. By doing this you will cover over all the imperfections and finish problems on your cabinets. With many styles and designs you can change the wood, color, or door style for the updated look. When resurfacing your cabinets you can even choose to install new highly decorated hardware or crown molding.


Refacing is a word that is exchangeable with the term resufacing, particularly with regards to cupboard creators and expert remodelers. It basically implies that the face, which means the front or unmistakable surfaces are getting a facelift. So generally, they mean a similar thing.


The difference to note is the difference between refacing cabinets and refinishing cabinets. Cabinet refinishing means that you change the color or the finish which is often completed by hand sanding while at the same time keeping all the components of your existing cabinetry.

To get more information on how you can redo many of the rooms in your home contact Celtic Remodeling