Refacing Basics

Refacing Basics

The kitchen is the gathering place for family and friends. It should be a source of beauty and pride.

If your kitchen has any of these problems:

  • Cabinet doors or drawers that don't open or close properly
  • An outdated countertop or one that is wearing out in spots
  • Cabinet doors that are outdated in style or color
  • Doors or cabinets that do not come clean anymore
  • Finish is coming off the doors or cabinets
  • Vinyl doors that are discolored or delaminating

These problems can be solved by refacing as well as remodeling. For many, cabinet refacing is the smarter choice in kitchen remodeling.

Here are the benefits of refacing:

Why Reface

You have probably been considering remodeling your kitchen. Replacing your existing cabinets with new cabinets is a time consuming and a very expensive overhaul. However, given the options of repainting or refinishing, these methods will not last as long as you would like. If your current cabinets are still sturdy, but the finish is old and the doors are outdated, you do have a better option!

Cabinet Refacing Is Your Best Option

  • 80% of what the eyes see are your cabinet doors and drawers
  • By refacing, you already own over 1/2 of your new cabinets
  • Refacing installations are quick and reliable --in most cases less than one week
  • Refacing a kitchen requires a minimal amount of inconvenience compared to major remodeling
  • Refaced cabinets with Formica ® laminate are easy to maintain
  • Choosing LeMica cabinet refacing with LeMica Doors will give you the industry's best warranty and our huge selection of high quality products

How It's Done

Refacing your existing kitchen or bathroom cabinets requires moderate carpentry skills. In most cases, installation takes less than one week, but installing all new cabinets can take months.

The refacing process requires the following basic products:

  • Replacement doors and drawer fronts
  • Laminate to cover the existing cabinets
  • Trim moldings when necessary
  • 1/4 inch plywood to flush the bottom of the upper cabinets if they are not already flush
  • Hinges and if required new decorative hardware

Preparation required before installation:

  • Remove cabinet doors and drawer fronts
  • Inspect for structural soundness and repair if necessary
  • Inspect for damaged wood and repair if necessary
  • Prepare cabinets for lamination: clean cabinets and sand off all chipped paint, varnish, and grease to insure proper bonding

Steps to quality installation:

  • Formica ® laminate is bonded to all exposed end panels, rails and stiles
  • New custom LeMica doors and drawer fronts are installed with new hinges and if required new decorative hardware
  • Matching custom molding is installed if required

Long-Term Quality

LeMica cabinet doors are the finest in the industry as evidenced by over 40 years of satisfied customers. Our factory process maintains the highest standards for repeatability, build quality, and quality control.

The long term quality of our Formica ® laminate is the exact same durability that you find in a Formica ® countertop. They last with very little maintenance for many years. Often, the hardest decision to make is selecting a color or wood grain that you will love for the life of your kitchen. 

When you select LeMica cabinet doors, you can be assured that the materials, the craftsmanship, and the shipping and handling preparation are all designed to give you a durable product for many years. The LeMica factory direct Lifetime Warranty is the industry's best!

As one satisfied customer expressed, "I have the look, feel and quality of a new, upscale, gorgeous kitchen without the high price. I love it!"

Investment Value

According to Remodeling Magazine's 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, the best home remodeling investment you can make is a minor kitchen remodel. This is the expected return upon resale of your home, but you must also consider how much more functional, attractive, and enjoyable your kitchen will be.

Project TypeJob CostCost RecoupedResale Value
Minor Kitchen Remodel$20,83080.2%$16,669
Major Kitchen Remodel$122,99161.9%$76,149

If you are interested in the entire report, here is the link: 2004 Cost vs. Value Report

GMAC Mortgage, in their Additions That Add Value brochure, states, "To ensure that you are making a solid investment, add the cost of your proposed project to a current appraisal or market value analysis of your home. Your total investment should be no more than 20% of the average home values in your neighborhood."

A good rule of thumb according to the National Kitchen Association is that if you do not spend more than 10% of the value of your home on a kitchen remodel, you can expect to receive ninety percent of your investment back.

Since cabinet refacing often costs less than a "major" kitchen remodeling project, your return on investment may well exceed the cost of the refacing project itself.

Amazing Before and After Refacing Makeovers

These totally new looks were completed in approximately one week! Slide the arrows left or right to view the before and after effects.