Today’s the day! The reveal of our kitchen cabinet refacing makeover!
I know some of you have been stalking the blog for weeks, so get excited because today is the day you’ve been waiting for.
Before we go into the after photos, I want to review what our existing kitchen cabinets looked like before.
Don’t get scroll happy now. Take it all in.
Remember, we loved the layout of our kitchen. It’s a good size kitchen with ample storage. And while the stock cabinets were in good condition, we didn’t like the look of the honey oak wood veneer builder-grade cabinets. Which is why we had the cabinets refaced by a company, instead of completely replacing the cabinets. We were able to keep the layout of the kitchen the same, but completely change the look and, in fact, add additional storage.
Ok, enough torturing you.
Drum roll, please.
So, what do you think? Looks like a completely different kitchen, right?
As you can see we had toppers added to extend the height of the cabinets to the ceiling. Crown molding was then added.
Friends, if you ever find yourself contemplating whether or not to have your kitchen cabinets extend to the ceiling, DO IT. There should be no hesitation.
Brad and I also installed dimmable under-cabinet lighting. As you can see, it makes a big difference.
We also had hardware installed– regular knobs for the doors and cup pulls for the drawers.
We had a bookcase built and added to the island in order to give the kitchen a more custom look, and so I could display my cookbooks and kitchenware.
Now, let’s go over a little bit of the refacing process.
Out with the Old
First, the previous cabinet doors, drawers, and hardware are removed.
Take It to the Ceiling
While this optional, we wanted the cabinets extended to the ceiling for extra storage and to make the kitchen appear larger. The toppers they built were installed on top of the existing cabinet boxes and wood was added to flush out the sides and bottoms of the cabinets.
To create more of a custom kitchen look, we had the installers build a bookcase and install it on the end of the island.
Sand and Apply Laminate
The cabinets are sanded down and the high quality, white laminate is added. Then, apoxy is applied to the backside of large laminate sheets, position the sheets onto the cabinets, and then a roller is used to go over where the laminate meets the cabinets.
Cut the Laminate
The cabinet installers use a router to cut the veneer where the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are located.
New Drawer Fronts, Door, and Hardware
New drawer fronts, doors, and hardware are added once the laminate was installed. The whole refacing process takes about 5 days.
In total, here’s everything that we had built and/or installed with this refacing project:
kitchen cabinet doors
Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Cost
The cost for our kitchen project (refacing the cabinets, new doors and drawer faces, hardware, adding the bookshelf to the island, adding toppers to the existing cabinets, crown moulding) was $7,000 in 2013. But I’ve been told the rates vary depending on where you live. If you’re considering refacing your cabinets, my advice is to get quotes from multiple companies. And when you get the quotes tell them your budget and stick to it. If needed, use the quotes against companies. Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. And don’t sign up the first time they come to your house. Many companies will call you in a day or so and offer you an additional 5-10% off for you to seal the deal. Don’t be afraid to play hard ball. Ask if they contract out their work. Also, ASK FOR REFERENCES. I even suggest posting on social media, and asking friends and family who they’ve used. Also ask who you should stay away from. And don’t sign off until the project is completed to your liking.
Custom Kitchen Look
It looks and feels so much bigger with the cabinets extending up to the ceiling. Going from oak to white also helps make the room look bigger and bright. They truly look like custom cabinets now. And I love how the white cabinets look with the Mint Condition (Sherwin-Williams) paint color on the walls.
Our family members and friends who have visited since we had the cabinets refaced have said it looks like a completely different room. And we haven’t even tackled the countertops, backsplash, lighting, or sink yet.
ETA: We upgraded our countertops, sink, and faucet in March, 2015. Check them out here! (Psst, that’s not real stone.)
So, what do you think of the cabinet refacing?