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What is Cabinet Refacing?

If you’re like many homeowners, you plan to keep the existing layout of your kitchen exactly the same but wish to renew and update its look. Cabinet refacing, also known in the industry as cabinet resurfacing, lets you keep your existing kitchen intact while completely transforming its appearance.

Kitchen cabinet refacing includes reinforcing your existing cabinet frames with a durable ¼” plywood, then a veneer of real wood or maintenance-free laminate is applied over the plywood. Our expert craftspeople perform precise measurements to ensure your new refaced cabinets boxes are seamless and color-matched to perfection with your new doors and drawer fronts. The transformation is finally completed with your choice of new hinges, knobs and/or pulls, and molding.

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The Cabinet Refacing Process

Our exclusive method of refacing cabinets is conducted by experienced and certified installation professionals. The process involves 4 primary steps that resurface, reinforce, and reinvigorate your cabinetry.


Remove Your Doors

Your existing doors and drawers are removed to get your kitchen prepared for refacing.

Cabinet Refacing Step 1: Remove Doors Step 1

Exclusive Double-lamination

As the first layer of our exclusive double-lamination refacing process, a high-grade 1/4” plywood is bonded to your cabinet frames.

Cabinet Refacing Step 2: Reinforcement Step 2

Add High-Quality Veneer

The second layer of lamination is adhered as the exterior finish, in your choice of quality wood or laminate veneer.

Cabinet Refacing Step 3: Apply Veneer Step 3

All New Doors & Drawers

We install new doors and drawer fronts, with optional drawer boxes, to perfectly match your freshly refaced cabinet structure. New hinges and new hardware complete the kitchen refacing transformation!

Cabinet Refacing Step 4: New Doors & Drawer Fronts Step 4

Most Cabinets Can Be Refaced

Wondering if your cabinets are reface-able? In most cases the answer is yes, but there are a few exceptions. Our video below covers everything you need to know about what makes a good candidate for cabinet refacing.

Overcome Kitchen Design Challenges with Refacing

  1. Cabinet refacing delivers a wow-worthy transformation at half the price for new cabinetry.
  2. Refacing uses your existing layout, but you can add an island, peninsula, or additional cabinets.
  3. Want taller cabinets? We can reface your kitchen cabinets AND increase the height!
  4. Solve your kitchen organizational problems with storage upgrade options, available with refacing.
  5. We have the latest in kitchen accessibility options to choose from with your kitchen refacing project.
Cabinet Refacing Before and After
Wood Kitchen After Cabinet Refacing
Kitchen Cabinet Storage Upgrades with Refacing
Kitchen Accessibility Solutions with Refacing
  1. Cabinet Refacing delivers a wow-worthy transformation at half the price for new cabinetry.
  2. Utilize your existing layout, but you can add an island, peninsula, or additional cabinets.
  3. Want taller cabinets? No problem—we can reface AND increase the cabinet height!
  4. Solve your kitchen organizational problems with cabinet storage upgrade options.
  5. Choose from the very latest in kitchen accessibility and livability solutions.

What are the Benefits of Kitchen Cabinet Refacing?

Kitchen remodeling can be overwhelming. But refacing cabinets simplifies the process and offers you several advantages over installing all new cabinetry.

Save Up To 50% of the Cost of All New Cabinetry
Due to the reduced new materials and labor, refacing cabinets ends up costing you half the amount of what you would pay for all new kitchen cabinetry.
Get Your New Kitchen Cabinets In As Little As A Week
A full kitchen remodel could render your kitchen unusable for as long as six weeks, but Kitchen Magic can reface your kitchen cabinets in as little as a week!
Choose From a Variety of Cabinet Colors and Finishes
Whether you already have a color in mind, or need help deciding, cabinet resurfacing affords you a variety of choices that are sure to include the perfect hue for your new kitchen.

What Do I Get With Cabinet Refacing?

When homeowners ask about the difference between refacing kitchen cabinets and all new cabinetry, they are often surprised to learn all that comes with a refaced kitchen that is actually brand-new! Below is an item-by-item breakdown of the customizeable options that are available with every refaced kitchen installed by Kitchen Magic.

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Existing Cabinet Boxes & Framework All New
New Cabinet Doors & Drawer Fronts
Optional Drawer Boxes All New
New Cabinet Hardware
New Countertops Available
New Backsplash Available Available

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"Work efforts were beyond stellar"

On behalf of my wife and myself, we want to thank you with all our hearts for the outstandingly excellent job that your team did for our kitchen renovation. Our great appreciation and admiration for Mr. George Sopkovic, our magic installer. His work efforts were beyond stellar in workmanship, pride in his work, and attention to every little detail. I hope you will extend our deepest thanks in appreciation to this extraordinary team of Kitchen Magic professionals and our only regret is that they aren’t our next-door neighbors, because they sure felt like family.

Mr. & Mrs. John Pascal
"Kitchen Magic made it so easy"

Kitchen Magic made it so easy to remodel our kitchen from beginning to end.  A short time after our call, Jill came in and spent quality time with us.  She made some great suggestions and assisted us in our goal to enhance our home with a kitchen that was perfect for us. The installers were prompt, courteous and neat. We feel our kitchen has a unique look and is more user friendly than before.  Every one of our friends and relations love our kitchen.

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Carney
“We could not believe the gorgeous transformation”

Never in my wildest dreams, did I imagine my kitchen to come out as exquisite as it has. We had our reservations about refacing but right from the very start, you made us feel very comfortable and at ease with that choice. Although we made many changes, additions and adjustments, and went back and forth with one another, you could not have been more agreeable and accommodating to work with. We could not believe the gorgeous transformation that took place before our very eyes.

Mr & Mrs. Scott Rynecki
“Truly the best renovation experience we’ve ever had”

I can't tell you enough how happy we were…It was truly the best renovation experience we've ever had. I'm home with a 2- and 3-year old and the new island is the center of our days. Me and the girls station ourselves at the island, happily eating our breakfast and lunch together while planning our day. And I’m so much happier cooking and cleaning in what feels like a million-dollar kitchen.

Mrs. Heather Boyle
"Happy to recommend your company"

I am very satisfied with the work that Kitchen Magic provided. I had cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms refaced. Everyone who views them says they are perfect. The crew of two was very professional, protected the room, and floors from dust with plastic coverings. The granite counter top compliments the cabinets. Thank you for your service from the initial presentation to the final touches. Happy to recommend your company.

Mrs. Joan Sola
"Everything was very professional and organized"

Contacting Kitchen Magic to do our kitchen refacing was the best decision we could have made. From start to finish everything was very professional and organized. Customer service has gone out of their way to make sure our finished product was exactly what we wanted and we couldn't be happier.

Mrs. Theresa Godden

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cabinet Refacing

How long does cabinet refacing last?
Cabinet refacing can last a lifetime if special care and measures are taken. Under normal kitchen use and conditions, you can expect to enjoy up to 20 years.
Does refacing my cabinets make them more structurally sound?
Yes, we reinforce the structural integrity of your existing cabinet boxes with high-quality ¼” plywood panels. We do not use particle board in any part of our products, ever.  This also provides a clean surface for the new laminates or wood veneer.
Are refacing and refinishing the same thing?
Refacing and refinishing are completely different kitchen remodeling processes. When refacing, an installer removes the doors and drawers, laminates the existing cabinet boxes in the new color, style and material and then replaces the doors and drawers fronts with all-new. Refinishing requires sanding the existing cabinets, doors & drawers, then reinstalling all of the existing kitchen components.

Learn more about the differences between refacing vs refinishing.
Are cabinet refacing installers trained or can any DIYer do it?
Kitchen Magic’s cabinet installers are certified professional craftsmen with years of experience and training to reface and install new cabinetry for your kitchen. The refacing process should be done by certified professional and is not for the average DIY homeowner.

Thinking about doing it yourself? See why you may want to consider hiring a pro.
Do you reface the drawer box or replace the whole drawer?
Drawer boxes cannot be refaced. Typically, we recommend replacing the drawer boxes which would include all new drawer glides. For all cabinet refacing projects, new drawer fronts are included.
Do I need a permit to have my cabinets refaced?
Installing new cabinetry requires a building permit, but they're not required with cabinet refacing. Building permits can cost anywhere from a few hundred to well over a thousand dollars. So, you can save even more money by opting for cabinet refacing and eliminating the need for a permit.
Can I reface my cabinets if I’m removing the soffits?
Yes. It is often the case that a homeowner would like to remove the soffit when remodeling their kitchen. Removing the soffit and refacing the cabinets can be done in tandem. Removing the soffits would also be dependent upon what is inside of them—hollow or plumbing. The draftsmen will determine what is inside your soffit at the time they measure your kitchen.

Not sure whether you want to keep or remove your soffit? Here’s some advice.
Is cabinet refacing an eco-friendly remodeling solution?
Cabinet refacing is a very green kitchen remodeling solution. Reduce renovation waste and deforestation in one fell swoop by choosing to restore your old kitchen cabinets with refacing.


Understanding Cabinet Refacing

Our cabinet refacing process at Kitchen Magic starts with reinforcing your existing frames with a durable ¼” plywood, after which your choice of material is applied over it. You can choose from maintenance-free laminate or a veneer of real wood – it’s entirely up to you. The next step will be for our dedicated craftspeople to take precise measurements in ensuring that your refaced cabinets boxes are matched perfectly with your new drawer fronts and doors. The last is for the transformation to be complete with your choice of new knobs and/or pulls, hinges and molding. The result is a completely new look for your kitchen but without the higher cost of remodeling.

Why Choose Cabinet Refacing Services?

You may be wondering, why should you get your cabinets refaced? Below are some top reasons to consider it:

  • You would like to give your kitchen a new look but wish to retain its original layout, or do not have the budget for a complete remodeling.
  • Your existing cabinetry is falling apart or reaching the end of its serviceable lifespan.
  • Your existing cabinetry does not serve your needs well. For instance, the storage space you currently have may mean that you have to bend over, kneel down or climb on your countertop just to reach some of the tools and appliances you need. With cabinet refacing, you can get additions such as pull-outs and drawers installed to suit your needs.

Installation Options for Cabinet Refacing

When you come to us at Kitchen Magic for cabinet refacing, you have two main material options as well as the flexibility to add on other features:

  • Wood: Our furniture-grade wood provides a classic look and has been proven to stand the test of time. Give your kitchen an elegant makeover when you opt for wood refacing.
  • Laminate: Laminate is a low maintenance option and the next best thing to real wood. Backed with a lengthy warranty, you can choose from a wide selection of finishes to complete your kitchen’s look.
  • Additional features: You can get one or more features of your existing cabinetry modified, such as increasing the height, adding an island or extra cabinets, opting for storage upgrades, and more.

Why Work with Kitchen Magic for Cabinet Refacing?

If you are looking for cabinet refacing services, Kitchen Magic is your one-stop shop. Whether you wish to upgrade the look of your kitchen without going all out or your cabinets need to be modified for serviceability, no project is too big or small for us. Since our inception in 1979, we have installed and remodeled more than 50,000 kitchens with an unparallel rate of customer satisfaction. All our cabinet refacing services are backed with a Lifetime of Home Ownership Warranty for your peace of mind.

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