Refacing Kitchen Cabinets
A veneer face-lift makes a "new" kitchen affordable.
Synopsis: Refacing is a method of salvaging tired cabinets by applying new wood veneer to otherwise sound cabinet carcases and making new drawer fronts and doors. The technique is faster and costs less than making new cabinets. This author, an experienced kitchen contractor, explains how he does it. A sidebar describes the use of pressure-sensitive veneer.
By the time she called me, Caroline McCary had already decided that her 32-year-old maple kitchen had to go. Caroline had antiqued the cabinets to a dark green a few years earlier, and now she was tired of them. What she had in mind was a whole new set of cabinets.
Caroline runs a beauty parlor in her house and had heard about me from one of her customers. But the customer hadn’t mentioned the fact that I reface kitchens — just that I build new ones. In fact, Caroline and her husband, Robert,…