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Cabinet Refacing 101

What is cabinet Refacing? Use this guide to help you understand our process and the many benefits to your space and family.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: What Is It?

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends gather to share meals and enjoy time together. Worn down or dated cabinets can be a very visible and constant reminder that it’s time to update your space.

Before you reach for the sledgehammer, consider this: it’s possible to totally transform the look of your kitchen through a process called Refacing. Refacing is a kitchen cabinet makeover — it can give your kitchen a totally fresh appearance without the time, hassle, or waste of a traditional kitchen remodel.

How Refacing Works

When you choose Renuit cabinet Refacing, we replace your cabinet doors, drawer fronts, hinges, ends, and trim, so all the visible parts of your cabinets are brand new.

As professionals of our craft, we’ve refined our Refacing process to give you high-quality, long-lasting results you’ll love.

Here’s how the Refacing process works:

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Step 1 - Out with the Old

Step 1

All your existing doors, drawer fronts, and hinges are removed. Your cabinet boxes and drawer boxes will remain intact. Looking to add a few extra cabinets or have any damaged boxes? We can provide new boxes for your project.

Step 2 - Get Prepared

Step 2

Your existing cabient boxes are cleaned up and prepared to receive engineered materials that will match your new doors.

Step 3 - Cover Up

Step 3

All visible exteriors of your cabinet boxes, including frames and sides are covered with engineered materials for a matching, custom look.

Step 4 - New Doors & Drawers

Step 4

New doors, drawer fronts, hinges, handles and drawer pulls are installed.

Step 5 - Accessorize

Step 5

Optional accessories are installed, such as crown molding, storage accessories and light valances.

Is Kitchen Cabinet
Refacing Right For Me?

Blogger Brittany Stager chose kitchen Refacing by Renuit when it was time to update her kitchen.

sample completed kitchen after cabinet refacing

We decided very early on that gutting the entire kitchen was not an option. We liked the flow, the placement of the appliances and the existing cabinet bases. Why do more work when it’s not necessary, right? What we really needed was additional cabinet space (a pantry), stone countertops and a new, more modern look for the cabinet doors.”

Here are a few key questions to ask yourself as you consider whether kitchen cabinet refacing is right for you:

Do I like the existing layout of my kitchen?

With cabinet Refacing, the main layout of your kitchen cabinet does not change. However, cabinet refacing does offer several enhancements, such as add-on cabinets, kitchen islands and more. These options give you additional flexibility when considering a kitchen transformation.

What is the condition of my cabinet boxes?

When we Reface your kitchen cabinets, we will replace all your doors, drawer fronts, hardware and trim, but your cabinet interiors will not change. We can add storage solutions that will improve the function of your cabinets, such as pot and pan drawers, shelving and other organizers, but your cabinet boxes themselves should be sturdy. We will help assess the condition of your cabinets during your free In-home or virtual consultation.

Does my kitchen look dated?

Well maintained, high-quality kitchen cabinets can last a long time, decades even. While those cabinets from the 1980s might still be in good working condition, they may eventually start to look dated or out of style. Cabinet Refacing offers nearly endless style options so you can achieve the exact look you want.

How long do I want to spend on this project?

A traditional kitchen remodeling project can take weeks or even months in your home, causing dramatic disruption to your life. If you’re looking for a way to refresh and update your kitchen with minimal time in and disruption to your home (1-4 days), Refacing may be a good option for you.

What is the environmental impact of my project?

When you tear out your existing kitchen there is a lot of waste—your existing cabinet boxes get taken to the landfill and new ones must be manufactured and shipped to you, creating additional environmental impacts, such as trees being cut down, transportation and manufacturing-related carbon emissions. With Refacing the cabinet boxes will be reused, making it a more sustainable, eco-friendly option.

Can My Cabinets Be Refaced?

Whether cabinet Refacing is right for you will partially depend on the condition of your cabinet boxes. Just because your cabinet boxes are old doesn’t mean they aren’t good for Refacing. In fact, many older cabinets have sturdier construction than newer boxes, so long as they aren’t damaged.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Cabinet boxes should be sturdy and made from smooth plywood or MDF panels.
  • Cabinets should show minimal signs of deterioration or moisture, such as swelling wood. Frames that have warped, or sagging doors may be better suited to replacement.
  • Solid wood face frames are ideal for anchoring new doors

The Pros and Cons of Cabinet Refacing

As you weigh your options, here are a few pros and cons to consider:


  • Keep your current kitchen layout
  • Endless style options
  • More eco-friendly
  • Faster time to completion
  • Less disruption and mess in your home


  • No major layout changes possible
  • Cabinet boxes don’t change

Ready to Fall in Love With Your Kitchen?