Refacing and Refinishing are completely different kitchen remodeling processes. When refacing, an installer removes the doors and drawers, laminates or paints the existing cabinet frames in the new color, style and material and then replaces the doors and drawers fronts with all-new. Refinishing (also referred to as Painting) requires sanding the existing cabinets, doors & drawer fronts and painting all of these existing kitchen components.
Cabinet Refacing Plus+ can last a lifetime if special care and measures are taken. Under normal kitchen use and conditions, you can expect to enjoy up to 20 years.
Building permits are not required with Cabinet Refacing or Refacing Plus+, but are required to install new cabinetry. Building permits can cost anywhere from a few hundred to well over a thousand dollars. So, you can save even more money by opting for cabinet refacing and eliminating the need for a permit.
Drawer boxes cannot be refaced but can be replaced with new solid wood, dovetail design boxes. Replacing the drawer boxes is not required but is recommended in many instances and would be installed with all new, soft close drawer slides. For all cabinet refacing projects, new drawer fronts are included.