A Facelift For Your Kitchen Cabinets

Given all of the time the average family spends in the kitchen, it’s a room worth investing in. And if you want to fall in love with your kitchen, you want to make sure that the most focal elements are beautiful–including the cabinets.


If your kitchen cabinets are outdated or you are simply tired of the style, you may want to look into giving them a fresh, new look.


Depending on what you want, how big your budget is, and how much time you want to spend on the update, there are different options for freshening up your cabinetry. Below are three different ways you can give your kitchen cabinets a facelift.


1. Replacing


Replacing your cabinets altogether with the help of a luxury kitchen remodeling pro is the ideal choice if you have the budget for it. Replacing your cabinets gives you a blank canvas with many customizable options to fit your unique style and taste.


When starting fresh, you will be able to choose the color, layout, material, and design so that the end result is exactly what you dreamed it would be. If you’ve always wanted a glass-front cabinet to display your heirloom china, you can choose that. If you wish to have space above your cabinets to decorate, you can choose that.


If you desire a full cabinet replacement, consult a kitchen remodeling contractor so that you can get the highest quality cabinets and installation. You can try to DIY it, but a kitchen cabinet replacement is not for novices.



  • Entirely customizable
  • Helps you achieve your dream kitchen



  • High price tag
  • Time-consuming
  • Not very DIY-friendly


2. Refinishing


Refinishing is the most budget-friendly way to give your cabinets a new look. But, your customizable options are limited to the color and the hardware.


Refinishing cabinets entails stripping down a painted or stained cabinet and then painting or staining it a different color. The structure and face of the cabinetry stay the same.


Refinishing cabinets is also a good choice if you want to try to do it yourself. Check out your local hardware store for a refinishing kit. A refinishing kit will include almost everything you need to complete your project, including instructions.


You can also look up videos and tips online to help you with the process. But it is important to note that there is a learning curve, and refinishing cabinets on your own may be a bit of a challenge. If you are determined to do it, make sure to take your time to learn and don’t rush the process.


If you decide you would rather have a professional refinish your cabinets, there will be perks. A professional refinisher will not only be knowledgeable and skilled at the task, but they will likely be able to finish the job much more quickly than if you were to do it on your own.


Hiring a professional will cost a bit more than doing it yourself, but they know what they are doing. They will ensure no drips or runs and that your finishes are smooth and even. You will likely be happier with the end result if you hire a professional.



  • Most budget-friendly option
  • Somewhat customizable
  • An excellent way to upcycle and not waste your existing cabinets
  • Most do-it-yourself friendly



  • Time-consuming if you’re doing it yourself
  • Can only change the color and hardware




Refacing is essentially a cross between simply refinishing and completely replacing your cabinets. This option allows you to not only change the hardware and color of your cabinetry but also lets you add to or repurpose your existing cabinetry.


The process of refacing consists of completely removing drawers and doors, along with their hinges, to either apply a new veneer to the fronts or use entirely new drawer and door fronts.
If you decide to use entirely new fronts, you can change to whatever laminate, solid wood, or veneer you choose, which can dramatically change the look of your cabinets. You can also choose to add in glass-front cabinets to display books or dishes or simply add variety to your kitchen.


Just like refinishing, you can choose new hardware for your cabinets when refacing. But, unlike refinishing, you can also update the hinges since you are completely taking them off.


Refacing cabinets could be a do-it-yourself project for someone with enough knowledge or experience in this type of work. But, for most, a kitchen remodel professional is recommended.


A professional cannot only do the general work of refacing your cabinets, but they can also help with other modifications. These might include adding in more usable cabinet space. Professionals can also make needed repairs or adjustments that will extend the life of your kitchen.


Refacing cabinets is an excellent option for those who want to totally revamp their kitchen but can only spend a fraction of the cost (and time) of a complete cabinet replacement.



  • Customizable
  • Far less cost and time than a full replacement
  • Less waste than with a total replacement
  • Possibility of adding in extra cabinet space
  • Dramatically change the look of your kitchen
  • Make repairs to existing cabinets
  • Professional finishing



  • Not very do-it-yourself friendly
  • Pricier than simply refinishing your cabinets


If you’d like a new look for your kitchen, revamped cabinets pack a powerful punch. Contact us at (512) 866-5263 for more information on other kitchen remodeling projects, including countertops, flooring, backsplash, and more.

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