The Four R’s of Renovating Part 2: Reface

Last week, we talked to you about what it means to Refinish your cabinets, but today we are bringing you the second R of Renovating: Reface! Again, there are so many different routes you can take to update your existing space, and we are hoping that by the end of this series, you can find what works best for you.

What Does it Mean to Reface?

To reface means to keep your cabinet boxes, and their functionality, but put new door and drawer fronts on top of them, and then refinish them to your color(s) of choice! Just like refinishing, this is perfect if you already love your layout and where your appliances are located, and your cabinet boxes aren’t falling apart. However, when getting new door and drawer fronts, it is very easy to update to soft-close door hinges, and full-extension soft-close drawer boxes while you are at it!


Again, very similar to refinishing, your cabinets will still function similarly to today, and your layout won’t really change. And although it is one of the more cost effective routes, and you do have to pay for the new doors and drawer fronts, which is an additional line item.

Our Refacing Project

In the kitchen, the clients already loved the layout of the space, and where all the appliances and plumbing items were located – the only thing that they wanted to do was bring the look up to date! Going for a more mid-century feel, we changed out their shaker style doors and put on slab door and drawer fronts and re-stained the cabinets. That paired with new counters, tile backsplash, and a fun new sink/faucet combo made this space feel more like home. A minor construction update – removing the soffits – was also possible, and makes the space feel more open. 

You can also reface other things that aren’t cabinets! In the project below, the existing tub surround wasn’t up to trend with the rest of this client’s aesthetics. So, what did they do? Demo’ed all of the existing wood surround and refaced the tub with a gorgeous Caesarstone Quartz material instead! We then reinstalled the existing fixtures and simply refinished the surrounding cabinets to match the new color scheme in the space.

Like what you see? Be sure to tune in next week as we continue our “Four R’s of Remodeling” but while you’re here, go check out some of our new favorite things found at KBIS 2019!