Create “New” Old Cabinets to Update Your Kitchen

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sandra Nickel REALTORS

Are your kitchen cabinets looking a little shabby (not shabby chic, worn out shabby)? Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or you simply want to improve it for your own enjoyment, refacing old, ugly kitchen cabinets is a good place to start.

Refacing cabinets
 is the process of covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of plastic laminate or real wood. Then you can add new doors/drawer fronts to match or complement the new veneer. Complete the process by adding new hinges, handles, and molding.

There are some pros and cons to refacing:


  • Costs significantly less than replacing cabinets
  • Requires less time than replacing
  • You do not have the added hassle of having to tear out old cabinets
  • Kitchen is still useable while refacing
  • It is a “green” option because you will not be adding old cabinets to a landfill


  • You cannot fix a bad kitchen design with refacing
  • There are a lot of expensive options for veneers and hardware to tempt you and you may end up spending almost as much as you would replacing cabinets

As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons!

So, what are your options for refacing? The choices are nearly limitless! You can find veneers in a wide variety of colors, patterns, grains, textures, etc.  You can mix and match them to come up with a unique look to match your vision. Thermofoil doors are durable and an affordable alternative to wood or laminate doors. Plastic laminates are also very durable and offer tons of options for colors and patterns. They are reasonably priced as well. Real wood is going to be more expensive and will need to be carefully sealed to protect against moisture but offer quality and beauty with woods such as oak, cherry, and maple and a wonderful array of stain colors.

It is important to know that refacing is feasible only if your existing cabinet boxes are in good shape structurally. If your cabinets have water damage, warping, or broken frames, they are not a good candidate for refacing. Understanding Cabinet Refacing

Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire someone to reface your cabinets, it is a relatively affordable way to give your kitchen a whole new look!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home (or both), let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs! Call them today at 334-834-1500 and check out for more information!

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Comments (2)

Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great post Sandra. And as long as the functionality works, why not just give it a fresh face. Thanks for sharing

Oct 06, 2021 08:12 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Nov 17, 2021 05:41 AM