Tips & Advice
Do professional cabinet refinishers offer a warranty?
Some professional contractors offer a warranty on their refinishing work. Additionally some brands of paint offer a warranty. Many cabinet manufacturers and cabinet refacing specialists offer a lifetime warranty on their cabinetry, which includes refinishing as needed. Homeowners should check to see if such a warranty covers your cabinets before planning/budgeting your refinishing project.
Is cabinet refinishing a temporary fix?
Cabinet refinishing is not a temporary fix. It is a semi-permanent restoration which should last for years if done well.
Is refinishing different than painting the cabinets?
Refinishing is not different than painting the cabinets. Refinishing is the term for either repainting or staining cabinets. Refacing is the term for installing new veneers and doors.
Do cabinets need to be emptied during refinishing?
Yes, cabinets need to be emptied during refinishing. It is also recommended you clear everything from the countertops, remove the doors and drawers from the cabinets, and unscrew all the hardware.
Are there any colors which work better for cabinet refinishing?
Any color can be considered for refinishing cabinets, but the trend these days is to put a lighter color on darker original cabinetry to brighten up the room. White is the standard color choices, while variations on beige and gray are also very widely used. However, design publications showcase unexpected hues like aqua blue, green and yellow--sometimes used as an accent or “pop of color” in just a couple selected panels.
How much does cabinet refinishing cost?
The cost of cabinet refinishing varies, with the most important variables being square footage and solid wood versus wood veneers. Solid wood costs about much more to refinish than the national average of $2,300-2,500.
Cabinet refacing averages between $4,300-9,000, though people who DIY everything and use low-cost materials may end up paying much less—sometimes as low as $1,000. Likewise, people who hire professionals and order expensive real wood veneers or who just have extensive cabinetry, may end up paying 30% more than the normal high range of the pricing spectrum.
How long will refinished cabinets last?
Refinished cabinets will last in “like new” condition for a long time, possibly years, assuming people pay proper attention to certain crucial details of the process. This includes sanding and dusting them properly first, applying primer, and using high quality paint. Because there are so many steps involved in properly refinishing cabinets, home improvement experts suggest hiring professionals if you want the refinish to last.
Can all types of cabinets be refinished?
Not all types of cabinets should be refinished, and it’s better that you don’t with some situations. Cabinets that are in poor condition beyond just the finish--i.e. structurally not sound or old and not sturdy--may need more upgrading than a simple refinish.
Cabinets that have a vinyl or formica finish should not be refinished as a DIY project. You’ll need to call a professional, and they may need to resurface them or replace altogether.
How long does cabinet refinishing usually take?
If done as a DIY project, cabinet refinishing might take a full week or a few weekends, depending how many cabinets you have, and how exacting you are—not to mention, how much time you give the project each day. For professionals, the whole project takes about 2-4 days. Refacing/resurfacing takes a similar amount of time when professionals are doing it, although it may take six weeks for the materials to arrive.
What is cabinet refinishing?
Cabinet refinishing is a common update to the exterior of cabinetry--most commonly in the kitchen. The term refinishing describes the application of new paint or stain on the existing surface material of cabinets. It falls in the same category of superficial repair as resurfacing, though that is sometimes a more complex project involving replacing the old drawer and door fronts with new ones, or installing new veneers. Some sources use the term “refacing” interchangeably for the resurfacing or refinishing processes.