Cabinet refacing, a concept that might be unfamiliar to some homeowners, has gained traction as a cost-effective, efficient, and eco-friendly method to renovate your kitchen cabinets. Let’s look at the ins and outs of cabinet refacing, why it might be a good idea for you, and how it compares to refinishing.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding Cabinet Refacing 
  2. Why Consider Cabinet Refacing 
  3. Materials Used in Cabinet Refacing 
  4. Choosing a Cabinet Refacing Provider 
  5. Cabinet Refacing Versus Complete Kitchen Remodeling 
  6. Suitability of Cabinet Refacing 
  7. The Cabinet Refacing Process 
  8. Pros and Cons of Cabinet Refacing 
  9. Is Cabinet Refacing Worth It? 
  10. Let’s Start a Project!

Understanding Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing is a remodeling technique that replaces the exterior parts of your existing cabinets, including the drawers, doors, and hardware. Refacing gives your kitchen a fresh look without undertaking a complete overhaul. Cabinet refacing gives you the option to retain the original layout of your kitchen or make custom changes as needed.   

Why Consider Cabinet Refacing?

Cabinet refacing comes with several benefits that make it an attractive option:

  • Budget-Friendly: Cabinet refacing is a cost-effective way to give your kitchen a new look. It’s ideal if you like your kitchen’s current layout but want a fresh look or if a complete remodel is beyond your budget.
  • Efficient: If your existing cabinets are worn out or showing their age, cabinet refacing can breathe new life into them. You can even add features like pull-outs and drawers for greater efficiency.
  • Eco-Friendly: Cabinet refacing is a green alternative to a full remodel. Since it involves reusing the existing cabinet boxes that are in good shape, it reduces waste.

Materials Used in Cabinet Refacing

3D Laminate: Our collection is highly durable, making it perfect for almost any application. It is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, from rich super matte to brilliant high gloss and ruggedly textured wood grains. With 20 door styles and more than 40 colours, we offer something for every aesthetic. 3D Laminate doors are made with a superior grade MDF core and wrapped in some of the best 3D laminate available, using German technology to ensure a consistent and long-lasting finish that will stand up to wear and tear.

You can also modify features of your existing cabinetry, such as increasing the height, adding an island or extra cabinets, or opting for storage upgrades.

Choosing a Cabinet Refacing Company

Selecting the right provider is important. 180 Kitchens has been beautifying and improving kitchens since 1994. We are experts in the field and have seen processes and materials change over the past 29 years. And when it comes to cabinet refacing, 180 Kitchens is a pioneer of the process. Our team of professionals will guide you through the process from start to finish, and will even manage any trades needed to complete your kitchen renovation project.

Cabinet Refacing Versus Complete Kitchen Remodeling

Unlike a full kitchen remodel, which can take several weeks and involve extensive construction, cabinet refacing is quick and causes minimal disruption to your daily routines. In many cases, the process can be completed in less than a week. Moreover, the price of cabinet refacing can be less than half the cost of a full kitchen remodel.

If you’re looking for a 180o change to your kitchen, think hybrid. The hybrid kitchen, a combination of reusing cabinets that you already have, but adding new custom pieces to make your space unique and work for you. It has become one of 180 Kitchens’ most popular requests. It’s an exciting way to re-envision the kitchen. 

Suitability of Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing is possible for almost any cabinet, but certain conditions need to be met:

  • The box structure of the cabinets should be sound.
  • The frame, or face, of the cabinets (the vertical and horizontal sections at the front edges) should have a smooth surface for robust adhesion of the vinyl application.

It’s also important to note that cabinet refacing is most economical when the cabinet faces are the only concern. If other components need attention, a complete expensive kitchen remodel might be a better choice. Or we can replace the areas that aren’t suitable for refacing.

The Cabinet Refacing Process

The cabinet refacing process involves the following steps:

Step 1: Removing drawers and cabinet doors to expose the cabinet frames. In many cases, the drawers are completely replaced.

Step 2: Vinyl application to the exterior edges of existing cabinet boxes with the door colour you have chosen.

Step 3: Installing new cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and panels and soft close hinges .

Step 4: Making any additional changes you’ve requested, handles, garbage and recycle bins or many other types of accessories.

Pros and Cons of Cabinet Refacing

Like any home improvement project, cabinet refacing has many considerations.


  • Offers a fresh look without changing the kitchen layout, so it’s done with minimal disruption
  • Wide range of laminate vinyl colours, door profiles, and hardware options
  • More affordable than a complete remodel
  • Quick and efficient way to update your kitchen to enjoy for years to come or in preparation for resale
  • Eco-friendly


  • If your cabinets are not in good enough condition to be refaced (e.g., they’re stained, damaged, or warped), refacing may not be an option for you.
  • Not suitable for DIYers due to the need for precise measurement and lamination.

Is Cabinet Refacing Worth It?

Cabinet refacing is a viable option if you’re planning a partial kitchen renovation, want to keep the cost of your kitchen renovation down, or are happy with your current cabinet layout. But it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons before starting the project. Consulting multiple (the rule of thumb is three) licensed contractors and asking specific questions about your kitchen can also help you make an informed decision.

Cabinet refacing typically costs 30-50% less than a full kitchen renovation. However, the total cost can be influenced by several factors, including the number of cabinets, their size, the amount of hardware used, custom builds, and last-minute changes. It’s always wise to have a contingency fund for unforeseen expenses.

Let’s Start a Project!

All things considered, cabinet refacing is a cost-effective, efficient, and eco-friendly way to give your kitchen a brand-new look. In Greater Vancouver or the Edmonton area, let 180 Kitchens help you turn your space around! 

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