1. What is cabinet refacing?
Cabinet refacing is a growing alternative to replacing old or outdated kitchen cabinets. Homeowners save time, trouble, and thousands by “recycling” their existing cabinet boxes which are covered with new wood veneer before new solid wood doors are installed. Year after year, independent remodeling industry studies show that cabinet refacing has the highest payback of any home improvement (usually nearly 100% upon resale). Cabinet refacing makes especially good economic sense when home prices are flat or when the homeowner plans to sell within ten years. Refacing is also especially well suited to both carpenter-built cabinets and premium cabinets that are very costly to replace.
2. How is refacing done?
First, old cabinet doors and drawerfronts are removed. Alterations like roll out shelves for pots and pans or add-on cabinets are next. Then, durable real wood veneers are permanently applied to cabinet box sides and fronts with powerful adhesive. Lastly, newly made solid wood doors and drawerfronts are put on using new hinges and pulls. NU-LOOK uses premium quality materials made by the Conestoga Company in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Less expensive laminate doors are also available. Many homeowners then add an optional new countertop, floor, tile, lighting, or appliances.
3. What new looks are most popular?
Most homeowners choose to change their cabinets to a lighter tone that “opens” up the room. Raised panel and Shaker style doors are the most popular. Traditional oak, contemporary maple, or elegant cherry hardwood species are available. Classic white kitchens are always popular too. The most requested alterations are shortening a cabinet for an over-the-range microwave, adding roll-out shelves, a new lazy susan, or a separate pantry cabinet.
4. How long does refacing take?
Most kitchens are completed in 3-5 days. And, homeowners can still use their kitchen in the morning and evening. Planning your kitchen’s new look is also much easier and faster than “shopping around”. We bring a “mobile showroom” to your house so you can see how various new doors and countertops work with your current decor.
5. How long does refacing last?
Refaced kitchen cabinets will last as long as new cabinets and easily hold up to twenty years of normal use. In fact, many less expensive new cabinet brands are made with lesser “knotty” hardwoods and finished with lacquers which discolor and age in just a few years. Repairs to refaced cabinet boxes are rarely required but simple if needed.
6. How much does refacing cost?
The price of NU-LOOK cabinet refacing is determined by the number and size of doors and drawerfronts, the style, the wood species, and other items unique to each kitchen. Last year we completed projects ranging from a simple replacement of doors for $2000 to a full reface of a very large kitchen in cherry with granite counters for $18,000. Our pricing is fixed, low, and competitive (or else we wouldn’t be Upstate’s largest refacers). We will gladly discuss your project and pricing over the phone if you prefer and remember the estimate is free.
7. What about painting or refinishing as an alternative?
Painting cabinets usually requires degreasing, sanding, and two coats of paint. Unfortunately the paint will chip around door edges usually within a year. Refinishing is even more difficult, costs almost as much as refacing, and does not hold up because there is no way to oven cure the new finish onto the cabinet boxes and doors. Of course, both painting and refinishing use the existing door style. In short, painting and refinishing are costly “band-aids” which do not add permanent value to the house.
8. Any downsides?
There are some “press board” cabinets that are not worth refacing. Usually we find however that “the older the cabinets the better built”. The current layout of the cabinets must also be acceptable. If new cabinets make more sense, Conestoga can supply us with whatever configuration and finish is needed for us to install a complete set of new cabinets.
9. Why should I choose NU-LOOK?
Most people choose NU-LOOK to reface their kitchen because:
- We offer free expert design advice,
- We use top quality materials, and
- We have the experience, craftsmen, and systems to efficiently complete projects right the first time.
NU-LOOK is the oldest, largest, and usually lowest price cabinet refacing company in upstate New York.
10. Why should I go ahead?
Because you take pride in your home, enjoy your kitchen as the heart of the home, and want the best remodel value. Or simply because, “you’ve earned it”.