The 3 R’s of Cabinetry

Cabinets are an essential part of the kitchen and can be majority of the cost when renovating your home. There are several options and variables to look into when updating cabinetry, which can make your decision overwhelming and difficult. In an effort to help, we talked to one of our expert designers to get the pros and cons of each option. Hopefully, with this information you can feel better equipped to decide if you’re going to refinish, reface, or replace.


If your tired of the color/stain of your cabinets, but they are still in excellent condition, you can re-paint or re-stain them for a refreshed and renewed look.IMG_0253


  • Most cost effective
  • Several paint colors and stains to choose from, you can even add a glaze on top of your paint for a different look.
  • You don’t have to sand or strip your cabinets in order to do this. Using the correct products on today’s After-Refinishmarket, the new stain/paint can bond with your cabinets old stain to create a finish that will last for years to come.
  • All of the work doesn’t need to be done in the home. The doors and drawer fronts can be taken off site.
  • You can replace the hardware or keep what you have.


  • Going a lighter color stain is next to impossible and is not recommended.
  • Paint isn’t very forgiving. It will easily show dings anddents because it does not soak into the wood.
  • Although it is the cheapest option, you have to love your existing layout. It’s difficult to add cabinets and have them match exactly.



If your cabinet boxes are still in good condition, but your doors are outdated and hammered this is an excellent option. Keep your boxes and get new doors and skins to go around the face frame, it makes everything look new from the outside.Refacing-Before-2refacing-kitchen-cabinets


  • Although this is more expensive than refinishing, it is usually still less expensive than replacing all of your cabinets.
  • There are options to add to your layout with this.
  • Several colors & door styles to choose from.
  • You can update your drawer glides and hardware as well, however, this creates additional cost.


  • This is more difficult than the other options, as more work goes into this process to make sure everything aligns properly and looks polished.
  • The door is usually the more expensive part of the cabinet because it is solid wood. So, although you are saving money some can be surprised that the savings isn’t greater.

 Naturally, the cost will vary depending on what type of wood you choose for your door, the door style you prefer, and if you pick painted or stained. So make sure you ask about cost differences and keep these things in line with your budget.



This one is pretty self -explanatory. You remove your old cabinets completely and replace them with new.DSC06179


  • Your options are ultimately unlimited with this. There are endless door styles, colors, stains, accessories, moldings, etc. to choose from.
  • You can completely change your layout to whatever you can possibly imagine.
  • They are new. If they are good quality you won’t haveScoggins-kitchen-After-2 to worry about updating them for years.


  • Highest cost.

As stated with refacing, the cost for new cabinets will vary widely based on your selections. Because there are so many options, it’s best to have a budget in mind. Find a professional that can put together several options within that budget for you to choose from. This keeps you from becoming overwhelmed and frustrated when trying to make a decision.


Ultimately, you need to ask yourself what is most important to you. Is it the cost? Is it having everything you ever wanted? Or is it somewhere in between? We hope that this information will be helpful to you during your decision process.