Cabinet refacing consists of 5 major components. The cabinet boxes, the doors, drawer fronts, drawer boxes, and the hardware. Some of these components are reused, some of them are replaced. The original structure or condition of the kitchen determines what can be reused during the remodel.
There are numerous steps to follow during the process of refacing.
Step 1: Stripping it down. The cabinet doors and drawers are removed. The cabinet layout within the kitchen can be changed or modified slightly so addition or reduction of cabinets can be accommodated. The cabinets are modified or repaired if needed. The cabinet box doesn’t need to be attractive since it will be completely covered once the kitchen is complete. After the cabinet boxes are ready, they are sanded down in preparation for the Veneer overlay.
Step 2: Adding the face. The Veneer overlay can be wood, laminate, or foil. The “veneer skin”, comes in 2 forms, (PSA) peel and stick or self-applied adhesive. The self-applied adhesive is pressure sensitive glue that is rolled on prior to installing the skins to the cabinet faces, sides and bottoms of the cabinets. By covering all 4 surfaces gives the cabinet a custom seamless look.
Step 3: Once the cabinet structure is entirely refaced, the new doors and drawers can be added to the cabinets. Existing drawer boxes may be used to cut costs of replacing with new drawer boxes equipped with soft close drawer tracks. Cabinet doors are installed with internal soft-close hinges.
Step 4: Closing the gaps. Once the doors and drawers are complete and in place, it’s time for some finish work. Trim can be added along the corners and around the bottom of the cabinets. Crown moulding, and light rail can be installed if desired as well.
Step 5: Finish the look. Cabinet hardware is installed as well as any cabinet space saving options.