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The Hidden Downside To Refacing Kitchen Cabinetry
Refacing your kitchen cabinetry simply includes installing new drawer fronts and cabinet doors, veneering or finishing the current surface, and replacing the existing hardware.
Since you won’t be replacing existing cabinet or drawer structures and merely changing the visible parts, refacing is less durable than a complete replacement.
Another significant disadvantage is that you won’t be able to fix any underlying issues like uneven subfloors or improve the functionality of the cooking space.
Refacing limits room expansion and rearrangement due to space constraints. Your choices for veneers or hardware are also restricted to those compatible with the original structure.
Often touted as the more budget-friendly alternative, refacing requires professional contractors and if you have a lot of drawers and cabinets, the labor costs can pile up.
Additionally, if the structural integrity of your cabinets is somewhat already compromised, refacing can damage them further and you might have to eventually replace them.