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Easiest Way to Change Your Cabinet Color

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Just as it can be a struggle to settle on a kitchen color scheme, it can be difficult to decide on a method to renovate your cabinets. Below, we’ll go through three different methods to help you decide.

How to Change Cabinet Color

I completely agree! A kitchen renovation can be quite expensive, but painting the cabinets can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the space. It's definitely a time-consuming project, but with some determination and DIY skills, homeowners can definitely tackle it themselves. Plus, the end result is definitely worth it!

Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet doors in various colors
Cabinet Door Colors

Cabinet refacing is a less destructive process than tearing out your cabinets entirely, and, as the name implies, lets you essentially put a new” face” on your cabinets. In this process, only the parts of the cabinets that you can see, such as the doors, drawer fronts, and handles, are redone, rather than the entire structure of the cabinets.

Whether it is completed by skilled professionals or ambitious DIY-ers, the process of cabinet refacing generally follows the same steps:

  1. Cabinet doors and drawers are removed from the cabinets, and the fronts of the drawers are separated from the rest of the drawer boxes.

  2. All front-facing portions of the cabinets (doors, drawer fronts, etc.) are covered over with wood veneer or laminate in your chosen color or wood finish.

  3. The sides of the cabinets are covered with the same material.

  4. New door hinges are installed if needed.

  5. New handles/drawer pulls are added if desired.

  6. Optional accessories, such as lighting and glass panels, are added if desired.

Cabinet refacing is a great option for folks who want their cabinets updated with as little fuss, expense, and destruction to their kitchen as possible.

Cabinet Resurfacing

Much like the cabinet refacing process described above, cabinet resurfacing is a more cosmetic, less extensive process than fully replacing your cabinets. In fact, the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably.

However, you phrase it, cabinet resurfacing gives you plenty of options when it comes to updating the look of your kitchen cabinets. You can resurface your cabinets in gray or white if you’re a fan of neutrals or pick your favorite Benjamin Moore paint color that will stand out against white kitchen walls. You can even transform simple wooden kitchen cabinets into glass-fronted cabinets, which add depth and style to any kitchen.

Cabinet Refinishing

The last option we’ll go through here is often the most affordable: cabinet refinishing. Refinishing is even less involved than refacing or resurfacing and is a great option for when your cabinets are in good condition, but you just don’t like their appearance.

Refinishing involves stripping the original finish off of your cabinets, sanding the wood, and then staining or painting in your chosen color or finish. Staining lets you give your cabinets the appearance of any type of wood without having to replace the wood itself. And of course, painting gives you truly unlimited color options.

Changing up the color of your kitchen cabinets is a great way to update the aesthetic of your home. Whether you prefer colorful kitchens or neutral palettes, refacing, resurfacing, and refinishing are great options to re-do your cabinets. Contact Ideal Home Improvement today to see how we can help you design your dream kitchen!

Whichever way you go, it is a good idea to consult with a professional cabinet refacing contractor first to find out if there are any anticipated challenges ahead of you before you start this type of project.

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