A Guide To Cabinet Refinishing & Kitchen Renovations

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Any kitchen renovation plans should take Cabinet Refinishing into consideration as their first choice. Few people know what cabinet refinishing entails these days, so many homeowners end up discarding cabinets that could have been restored to their original radiance and beauty again.

Over the years, cabinet refinishing technology has gone through many significant breakthroughs and developments.

Once, the process of cabinet refinishing required a lot of labor. It also entailed the removal, sanding, and reinstalling of the cabinets, which resulted in numerous piles of dust and huge messes. Understandably, cabinet refinishing was not a very popular choice.

These days, however, professionals with the appropriate expertise can carry out a cabinet refinishing process very efficiently.

Current cabinet refinishing processes occur in your home. They don’t involve any removal of your cabinets from your kitchen, take only a few days to complete, and cost much less than a complete cabinet replacement or refacing.

Before we proceed, we should clarify what replacing, refacing, and refinishing your cabinets entail.

Replacing cabinets:

A cabinet replacement does exactly what its name suggests: the replacement of your old cabinets with new ones. This is an extremely large scale project that needs a huge budget to be successful.

During this process, your old kitchen cabinets are dismounted from your kitchen walls and removed. This gives most homeowners an opportunity to carry out other kitchen renovation processes.

Some of them choose or are required to install new drywall or upgrade electrical wiring or plumbing.

Others might want to replace their floor tiles, backsplash, or countertops. They might also want to paint certain parts of their kitchen.

Homeowners will also have the chance to acquire new cabinets that have different functional qualities or feature different aesthetic designs. They will also be able to make significant alterations to their kitchen layouts, the number of cabinets they have, and the amount of counter space available.

A cabinet replacement offers many exciting possibilities, but it is also the most expensive kitchen renovation option.

Market trends in 2016 set the price tag of a standard full kitchen renovation somewhere around $50,000. The price increases from there. Large kitchens will be more expensive to renovate, for example. Also, different kitchen types require varying forms and amounts of retrofitting and finishing upgrades.

Also, cabinet replacements often end up going beyond their initial scopes and assigned budgets. Without careful planning, homeowners can end up paying more than $100,000 for a high-end quality kitchen renovation. It is obvious, then, that scrupulous and detailed planning, along with contingency plans for emerging issues, is the key to making optimal use of one’s kitchen renovation budget.

Cabinet Refacing:

A cabinet refacing involves the upgrading of every finished surface on your kitchen cabinets. This is the ideal option for homeowners who want to change the design and/or shape of their cabinet doors but also wish to retain their original kitchen layout.

A cabinet refacing can be done in several ways.

Generally, the more economical cabinet refacing methods involve the lamination of cabinet surface. This will result in cabinets that look very good in photos. However, in reality, laminated cabinets often look cheap and fake. Laminate surfaces also have an inferior texture and feel compared to the wooden doors and panels beneath the laminate.

Most of the cabinets built 20 to 30 years ago featured superior materials and construction methods, especially compared to modern ones. They had very sturdy boxes.

Also, real hardwood was used far more frequently in the construction of their doors, boxes, and styles.

Cabinet refacing processes that use laminates have a lower upfront cost. However, the laminates can fall apart very quickly from ongoing wear and tear.

Repairing faded or missing patches on laminate surfaces is also a very difficult process. Moreover, laminates have a tendency to chip, warp, and delaminate (a process in which the glue connecting the laminate to the applied surface loses its adhesion). Water exposure also causes it to swell.

If a kitchen refacing process costs less than $5,000, it almost certainly involves the application of laminates. You can also expect the use of low quality products for the cabinet doors, gable ends, boxes, styles, etc. Cabinets laminated in this way have a much shorter life span and enjoy far less durability.

Higher-end options for cabinet refacing tend to involve the replacement of old cabinet doors with solid wood doors and the use of wood veneer finishing.

These processes produce far superior and more long lasting results.

There are many sizes, styles, and finishes available for replacement doors. Installing these doors also does not necessitate any significant changes to a kitchen’s design and layout.

Replacing old cabinet doors with new solid wood ones often yields a high quality finish. However, the veneer used on gable ends, cabinet boxes, and styles can be problematic.

Wood veneer is a substance used for all exposed cabinet surfaces not covered by doors. It imitates the appearance of solid wood but lacks its durability. Moreover, its quality suffers when it is glued to cabinet surfaces in a home environment rather than a manufacturing one in which process conditions can be strictly maintained.

Thus, wood veneer often faces many of the same problems that laminates do: warping, chipping, and swelling from water exposure.

Refaced cabinets might also end up looking inconsistent. Natural maple cabinets face this issue very frequently.

Natural maple tends to regress to a faded yellow color over time. This means that maple cabinets eventually turn yellow. However, their individual parts do so at different rates. A cabinet’s doors will fade into yellowness more rapidly or slowly than its raised panel segments or its boxes. Over time, maple cabinets end up with a haphazard and chaotic collection of varying yellow shades.

Different types of wood are used in cabinet refacings, as well as different finishes. Different manufacturers are also involved, which means a variance in the application of finishes. Thus, cabinet refacings often cause cabinets to end up with mismatched wooden tones across their individual components.

More often than not, refaced cabinets eventually look like faded maple cabinets. There is no reasonable expectation for a refaced cabinet to look like it has a custom onsite finish.

Cabinet refacing processes that feature the use of solid wooden doors and veneers cost somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000. Kitchen sizes and different selected options will result in different total prices, of course.

Cabinet refinishing is a completely different process that costs much less than a cabinet replacement or refacing.

In a cabinet refinishing, a set of cabinets’ will have its finish restored, renewed and improved.

There are several ways cabinet refinishing can occur, but the general premise is always the same. They all begin with a complete cleansing of the cabinets’ wooden surfaces. This is then followed by repairs to any damaged areas present. Once these steps are complete, homeowners can either restore the original finish of their cabinets or refinish them in a different color.

As discussed, interior wood refinishing was a tedious, messy, and expensive ordeal. It was comparable to sanding a hardwood floor or strippng the finish from a furniture item. However, this is only true for traditional wood refinishing methods. For such methods, cabinets have to be removed from the kitchen before being sanded down to bare wood.

If you decide on a DIY approach to cabinet refinishing, you will also have to take these steps by yourself.

This process, as expected, is very inefficient. The necessary preparatory work must be followed by the application of finish to the wooden surfaces of your cabinets. All this will take up a lot of time and result in a price tag nearly equivalent to that of a cabinet replacement or refacing.

You should not give cabinet painting much consideration either, even if you decide to hire professional painters. Painting your cabinets involves much of the aforementioned preparatory work and can end up being just as tedious as, if not more so than, a traditional or DIY cabinet refinishing.

A paint job without proper preparation will fall apart within days. Even a paint job that comes on top of flawlessly executed preparatory work will not last very long. Most paint products have not been made for constant exposure to hands and fingers or the repetitive contact of closing and opening cabinet doors.

Kitchen environments are also filled with moisture and grease, so they are very hostile to most paint products, which will peel and disintegrate sooner rather than later.

Simply put, cabinet paintings are far less effective and long lasting than a factory finish or any of NHance’s cabinet refinishing projects.

NHance features a unique approach to the cabinet refinishing process. Our products and methods are specifically tailored for the needs and rigors of kitchen cabinets. Our extensive research and development have uncovered preparation procedures that ensure our projects enjoy maximum effectiveness, efficiency, and durability.

NHance’s Cabinet Refinishing is unlike any other form of traditional cabinet refinishing.

Our patented & ‘Sandless’ technique allows our craftsmen to degrease, cleanse, and restore your cabinets’ existing finish and not leave any mess or odors behind.

Also, the majority of their work occurs in your home without your cabinets being removed. The exception would be NHance’s Color & Custom Color Change services. For these, our craftsmen will remove your cabinet doors and drawers to service them.

Thanks to our expertise and technology, we are able to combine advanced methodology with High Performance, Low VOC polyurethane products. This allows us to provide durable, factory- style finishes or refinishings efficiently and economically.

As a result, our services cost far less than any cabinet replacement or refacing.

NHance offers four different types of refinishing services.

NHance’s Basic or Classic Cabinet Renewal is our most economical refinishing service.

This service is meant to restore the original condition and radiance of your cabinets without changing their color.

While providing this service, our craftsmen will first degrease and clean your cabinets. Then they will repair any faded or missing finish. Their work will revitalize dried out wood and give it a top coat finish that is as durable as your cabinets’ original finish.

Your cabinets will look better than they ever did. Click here learn more about the Basic Renewal Process.

The NHance Cabinet Color Shift

NHance’s Cabinet Color Shift is similar to the Basic Cabinet Renewal in many fundamental ways. The most significant difference would be that our craftsmen will also apply several coats of color to your cabinets’ wooden surfaces by hand, thereby darkening them slightly in tone.

Below are some examples. The hand-applied nature of this service makes it an ideal choice for homeowners who prefer their kitchen to have a unique, customized appearance.

Our Color Shift page has more information about this process.

The NHance Color Change

For NHance’s Color Change & Custom Color options, our craftsmen will spray a custom finish on your cabinets.

These options allow you a great amount of choice and freedom in customizing the appearance and color of your cabinets.

Darkening the shade of your cabinets is also a possibility with the Color Change service. This would be ideal for natural maple cabinets or cabinets featuring a Honey Oak Finish. There are a many translucent color options available for this service as well, and any of them would bring out the full beauty of your cabinets’ wooden texture.

The Color Change service is a premium choice for updating old-fashioned natural, honey, or golden tones into darker and trendier ones.

The NHance Custom Color Option

With NHance’s Custom Color option, you have access to thousands of different custom opaque colors.

This service involves the application of a solid color to your cabinets and can change their appearance to a considerable degree. Some of our clients who chose this service have reported having difficulty in recognizing their original cabinets.

Before receiving a Custom Color, their cabinets looked outdated and old fashioned. After, they had an elegant, trendy hue that breathed fresh life into the kitchen.

This service allows NHance to customize your kitchen at a much lower price than that of a fully custom-built kitchen renovation.

Our designer colors can give your kitchen a total aesthetic makeover, filling it with a new, refreshing elegance.

Here are a few photos of our Custom Color change options. Much more detailed information is available on our Custom Color and Color Change pages.

What types of cabinets are suitable for refinishing?

NHance’s refinishing process works very well with almost any kind of kitchen surface.

Our products have no issues adhering fully and perfectly with wood, veneer, and most types of laminates.

We are experienced with kitchens that are more than 20 years old. These kitchens feature cabinets with battered and worn out surfaces and doors.

However, thanks to their superior materials and construction methods, they also tend to be very durable and solid. This makes restoring their original beauty a very viable and easy matter.

Our Basic Cabinet Renewal is up to this task, if you enjoy the current wood tones and appearance of your kitchen but it is tired, dirty and faded and simply needs a refresh.

However, our Custom Color Change service will allow you to update their appearance into a trendier, more elegant one.

NHance also has experience with cabinets that need repair. We can easily provide or outsource modifications for your cabinets that are necessary or preferred for their restoration or update.

We also offer or outsource various hardware, hinges, rollouts, crown molding, and other add-ons.

This will give us more room to make optimal use of your budget. We will do everything in our power to give you your ideal kitchen at a much lower price than a complete cabinet replacement or refacing.

There is no more efficient, effective, or economical option available in the market than NHance’s services.

We have received many inquiries in Hartford about Natural Maple or Honey and Golden Oak cabinets, which have been the most popular choices for new home construction over the last couple decades.

Other inquiries involve the effectiveness of our products on laminate surfaces or are requests for cabinet pull replacements with one of our refinishing services.

For all these and more, we do our utmost to reply in the affirmative.

NHance is always willing to work with clients and other tradespersons to give you the exact kitchen renovation you want.

It is not an uncommon thing for our clients to have a lot of money left over from their initial budget thanks to the economical nature of our refinishing services.

Most of them preferred to use these leftover funds for other kitchen renovation options, such as updating their countertops, backsplashes, or appliances. We simply help make your budget go further!

The most dominant color element in virtually every kitchen layout can be found in the cabinets. Consequently, kitchen renovations tend to start with cabinet updates.

Other kitchen renovation processes involving color choices work to complement or contrast the updated cabinets.

So, Is Cabinet Refinishing the right solution for you?

It is absolutely imperative to give your budget serious and careful consideration when planning your kitchen renovation.

If you don’t have a well-laid plan, you will almost certainly end up installing, removing, and then reinstalling random items in your kitchen. As you can imagine, doing so will cause your costs to spiral rapidly out of control.

You should not allow cabinet sales with large discounts to affect your decisions too much either. The low prices of these cabinets might seem attractive, but they don’t account for all the other costs and work involved in a cabinet replacement, the largest of which will usually be labor cost.

Other unexpected costs after replacing your cabinets crop up as well. You might find that your kitchen requires additional painting or a new backsplash. In more extreme cases, you need to make major upgrades to your electrical wiring or plumbing system thanks to changes in building codes. There might also be a scenario in which your new kitchen layout exposes a portion of the subfloor previously covered by an old cabinet. If this happens, you will need new flooring upgrades, which are by no means cheap.

Careful planning can minimize the issues caused by such unwanted surprises. Cabinet replacements cost $20,000 at minimum. However, you can realistically expect to pay more than $50,000 for a cabinet replacement.

If your budget lies somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000, and you have a different style of cabinet doors for your kitchen in mind, a cabinet refacing would be a viable option.

However, if you want to spend below $10,000, have a large kitchen, or desire a much more affordable upgrade than a cabinet replacement or refacing, you should secure one of NHance’s cabinet refinishing services.

Our services carry different price tags. Nevertheless, as a rule, they generally cost a third of the price of a high-end refacing project and less than a fifth of the price of a complete kitchen renovation and cabinet replacement.

If you don’t have any drastic changes to your kitchen’s layout in mind, you will not find a more efficient and economical option than NHance’s cabinet refinishing services.

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