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CoconutPete 10-07-2013 12:09 PM

Does anyone have experience with having kitchen cabinets refaced?
We just moved into our new house - we love it. It's perfect.

There's literally only 2 things wrong with the house:

1: The kitchen countertops is a godawful green-ish laminate. I really have no idea why someone would chose this countertop. The house has hardwoods and some new carpet, stainless applicancs, white cabinets .. I dont' get it. Either way.... easy fix ... call a granite place.

2: Cabinets: The cabinets are a little beat up. They look like they were probably just whatever the builder was using at the time of the build (1996). They need attention. I don't mind the color, they brighten up the room being white. The uppers are 42" since the ceilings are so high. I like the layout, I like the appliances. None of these appear custom, there are no radical shapes or angles. The laminate on some of the doors is coming off though, and the doors just look beat up.

The boxes aren't solid wood, but the front of the boxes appear to be. We want to get them replaced or refaced - I would want to replace the doors and drawer fronts if refacing turns out to be the best option. Does anyone have any experience with this? If the estimates come in with similar dollar amounts I will obviously replace, but in case there was a big difference I wanted to see if anyone had any feedback.

Live_Oak 10-07-2013 08:07 PM

When dealing with older thermofoil cabinets, replacement is always the best approach. It also lets you tweak even a good layout to add more drawer stacks, a trash pullout, and other conveniences that can make your life easier. And, it's usually cheaper than having refacing done. DIY refacing can come in fairly inexpensively if you're willing to finish all of the doors yourself, but thermofoil faceframes don't take refacing at all well. You are likely to experience failure of adhesion and peeling. Especially since you've already got some thermofoil peel already. Refacing is only a good choice with a pristine wood substrate.

big juicy01 10-07-2013 09:08 PM

Replace them. It will never look right. I laminate plywood, particle board, mdf, and so on for major cabinet manufacturers. I do about 4000 sheets a day. I can tell you that they aren't meant to last. Find you an old school cabinet builder ( they are a dying breed) and have them build you a set of solid cabinets. You can get a good deal if you look around.

TrailerParadise 10-08-2013 08:19 AM

if you're good with a saw and measuring tape, get some plans off of and build some. Not difficult at all and take about an hour apiece by yourself, they come out perfect level and tough as a rock. I built 8 cabinets including a drawer base for $265. cant beat that. Of course if you dont know how to use a circ saw or read a measuring tape, its probably not the best idea.

big juicy01 10-08-2013 11:42 AM

No daido, adhesive, or crown staples???

erwabo 10-08-2013 11:52 AM

Lowes Refinishing
We just got a new house and the cabinets EVERYwhere were the old oak stuff from the 90's. Much of it was waterworn stain and general wear and tear. We got that Rust-Oleum cabinet refinishing kit from Lowes. THe stuff works AMAZING. Its a bit arduous as its a 3 step process, but I loved the way it turned out. Great stuff!

big juicy01 10-08-2013 06:35 PM

Don't paint laminate. For one its not paint grade material. Second its like putting 2000 wheels on a 200 dollar car. It never looks right

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