Century Cabinets Industry Info

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Refinish or reface? The choice is yours.

If you’ve decided to spruce up the cabinetry in your kitchen, one option is to start from scratch. If your budget doesn’t permit it, however, there are two other options: refinishing and refacing.

Refinishing can be an affordable option, says Mike Conner, owner of Century Cabinets, but it can also be a messy process that often requires many hours of intensive labor. All hardware must first be removed so old surfaces can be sanded to the bare wood and cleaned. A layer of stain is carefully applied and allowed to dry. Next comes a layer of sealant, followed by another layer of stain and, finally, a clear coat.

One problem with refinished doors and drawers, says Mr. Conner, is the new stain and finish often don’t totally disguise the look of the old cabinetry.

Another alternative to new cabinetry—one that Mr. Conner recommends—is refacing. When cabinets are refaced, their old drawer fronts and cabinet doors are replaced with new ones. Other cabinet surfaces are covered with a quarter-inch matching wood veneer with mitered corners. From the outside, refaced cabinets are indistinguishable from new ones, since none of the old cabinetry is visible.

Whichever method you prefer, Mr. Conner recommends you always work with a licensed contractor who checks out with the Contractor’s License Board.

Ask your contractor to fully explain the remodeling process from top to bottom. Here are some questions to ask your contractor:

• What can you expect from day to day?
• How will your project proceed?
• To what extent will you be able to use your kitchen while the remodel takes place?
• Will they clean up daily or only at the end of the project?

A kitchen remodel is a large undertaking. The last thing you want is a surprise