In Refacing, the exposed surfaces of the cabinet boxes (fronts and exterior sides) are covered with new facing material. The doors and drawer fronts are replaced… but because the cabinet boxes are not replaced, this process is less expensive, messy and time-consuming.
The steps involved in cabinet refacing are:
- The doors, drawer fronts and moldings of the existing cabinets are removed.
- The exposed surfaces (fronts and sides) of the existing cabinets are prepared for the adhesion of the new facing material. This preparation includes cleaning the surface of dirt and grease, sanding it and then removing the sanding dust.
- The fronts and sides are covered with either (a) new PSA-backed (peel-and-stick) facing material or (b) new facing material that uses contact cement. Individual strips of facing material are used to cover the stiles (vertical surfaces) and rails (horizontal surfaces) of the fronts. Sheets of facing material are used to cover the sides.
- If the new doors are covered with a thermofoil material the facing material will be a laminate that matches the door color, grain, etc.
- If the new doors are solid wood the facing material will be a wood veneer that is stained and finished to match the doors.
- The new doors, drawer fronts and moldings are installed. At this time the hinges, drawer slides, drawer boxes, handles and knobs are often also replaced.