The Four R’s of Renovating Part 1: Refinish

There are so many ways that you can update a room in your home. But, when it comes to the kitchen, bathroom, or any room with built-in cabinets, many people wonder what would be the best route to take. From our Lakewood showroom, our designer, Rebecca Sutton, presented at the Texas Home and Garden Show in March, and answered this exact question for homeowners all over the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. So today, let’s begin with the first R of Renovating: Refinish!

What Does it Mean to Refinish?

To refinish means to keep your cabinetry exactly how they are today but to freshen them up a bit. This can be done with a fresh coat of paint or stain! Refinishing is a great solution if you already love the layout of your space and don’t need any functional update. Plus, if you already love your door and drawer fronts, there’s really no need for a huge remodel. Another perk? It costs the least out of the four R’s. 


There are some considerations for refinishing. For one, if you want to move your appliances at all, want a functional update (i.e. drawers instead of doors with shelves), or your cabinets are falling apart, then refinishing would not be a good choice for you. The second thing to consider how you want to refinish. If your current cabinets are stained, then you can then refinish with paint to any color. However, if you are re-staining, they can only be stained a similar or darker color than what you have today. The third thing to consider is if your cabinets are already painted. Then you should only re-paint them and avoid transitioning to a stain as you most likely will not achieve desirable results. In addition, there are also some materials (like thermofoil and melamine), that are sheet-goods and cannot accept paint/stains on top of them.  

Our Refinishing Project

Here is a beautiful example of a refinishing project from our Revive service. This is a project where the client loved her layout and cabinetry and just wanted to freshen up the look. So the only thing we did was paint the base cabinets blue, the upper cabinets white, and added the hardware. We also removed one cabinet and put in open shelves, but this was a very minor update. To complete the look, we paired the cabinetry with new countertops, backsplash, and wall color. So now we have a project that looks as if it went through a full remodel! You can read more about this 2019 NARI CoTY Winner for Residential Kitchen under $30,000 here! 

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned next week as we continue our “Four R’s of Remodeling”. In the meantime, check out our latest kitchen feature!