This allows you to select your door style, material, and color, while configuring the cabinetry and moving appliances as needed.
The cabinet boxes are covered with matching veneer in front, panels on the exposed sides and toekick boards.
When done correctly, it looks like you bought all new cabinetry.
Refacing keeps the existing cabinet boxes, although you can make small configuration tweaks and add cabinets.
Reface cabinets if the cabinet boxes are in good shape and the layout is mostly ideal.
My daughter and I refinished her cabinets years ago and we first sanded the cabinets smoothed the doors and then painted KILZ on it so the stain wouldn't "BLEED" through our hard work.
THEN we painted them and they looked INCREDIBLE with a cream color (before they were dark and dreary!Painting kitchen cabinets provides the most cost-effective option for updating your cabinets, especially if you paint them yourself.(Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeff Lowe of Portland, Oregon)Paint your cabinets if you prefer a solid color to a stain.For a new look, refinish cabinets that are stained wood, not laminate or painted. The finish is the stain color and varnish or lacquer on top of the wood. A professional can add new stain and a new topcoat to protect the wood.Since the old doors are kept, refinishing works best if you only want to change the stain color.First, clean the cabinets thoroughly to remove any grease or silicones from polishes. Use a sticky primer that works well on difficult surfaces. About this Experts Contributor: Allen Cohen and Jane Albert are the co-owners of Kitchen Tune-Up of Newton, Massachusetts.