December 16


Kitchen Cabinets: Replace or Refurbish?

By finnteriors

December 16, 2019

Updates to your home’s layout and decor are something every homeowner must decide on. The rooms that are often remodeled include the bathroom, master bedroom, and kitchen. If you’d like to improve the look of your kitchen, start with changes to the cabinets.

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Why Change Your Kitchen Cabinets?

Updating your kitchen can be done for various reasons. If you’ve lived in your home for a while now, a new and improved look is overdue. Updating the cabinets can increase your storage space, as well as improve the look and feel of the room

Functional Purposes

  • New kitchen design or layout
  • Add more cabinet space
  • Open-shelving

Aesthetic Purposes

  • New stain or paint color to match the new decor
  • New cabinet material

Deciding on Whether to Replace or Refurbish the Cabinets

Inspect Your Cabinets

When the time comes to update your kitchen cabinets, you must decide whether to replace or refurbish them. Make sure your cabinets are suitable for either of these upgrade options.

  • Inspect the inside of each cabinet for signs of structural damage, such as cracked side panels or loose joints. If you discover any soft areas, that could be an indication of wood rot or water damage.
  • Be sure the upper cabinets are securely fastened to the walls and each other.
  • Check base cabinets for water damage, especially under the sink.
  • All fixed shelves must be securely attached and not cracked or loose.
  • Check each drawer to ensure it rolls smoothly, opens fully, and closes completely.
  • Remove the drawers from the cabinets and inspect the structural integrity of each one.
  • The drawer slides should be firmly attached and in good condition. Check for loose or missing fasteners.

Once you’ve assessed your cabinets and determined they’re in good shape, you it’s possible to refurbish them. If they are not structurally sound or cannot be salvaged, you will probably need to replace them. Also, if you don’t like the current layout or you need to add additional storage space, you may want to do a complete replacement, as well.

Refurbish Cabinets
refurbish cabinets

You can save money and time by having your cabinets refurbished.  Kitchen cabinets can be restored and renewed with new stain and paint. If you like the layout of your kitchen and do not plan to make design changes anytime soon, this is a good option.

Remove Cabinet Doors. All cabinet doors, hardware, and drawer faces must be removed. Clean up any debris found around the cabinet frames. The working area should be as clean as possible.

Inspect the Cabinet Frames. Check for damage on the cabinets. Repair any dents or holes with wood putty.  Damaged pieces should be replaced with new pieces of wood

Remove Paint and Stain. Use a commercial paint stripper to remove any old paint or stain on the cabinet doors and drawers.

Sanding. It is important to sand the cabinet’s doors and drawers thoroughly to prepare the surface to be re-stained or painted. You can also sand the cabinets to remove old stain. Once complete, remove all dust and debris. You do not want small particles mixed in with the stain or paint.

Apply New Stain or Paint.  Stain or paint the cabinet doors and drawers with the appropriate types of products.  Allow the stain to dry before applying a second coat.  After the second coat of stain dries, apply a polyurethane sealer to protect and seal the wood.

If you choose to paint the cabinet doors and drawers, use a natural bristle brush and apply the paint in even strokes. There is no need to apply a sealer when the paint is dry.

Replacing Kitchen Cabinets
replacing kitchen cabinets

New cabinets can be costly. However, you can save money by installing ready to assemble cabinets. RTA’s are flat-packed. If you’re not sure whether to replace your kitchen cabinets, consider these factors before deciding. 

Significant damage. Cabinets that are warped or damaged by water or mold must be replaced.

New Layout. Old cabinets will have to be torn down and replaced with new ones in a different area. If you’re making your kitchen bigger, then more cabinets will be needed.

New Construction. Building a new house always requires new kitchen cabinets. A new addition to your home can have cabinets installed.

An Entire Remodel. A new kitchen remodel may involve knocking down a wall for an open space concept. 

Ready to Upgrade Your Kitchen?

If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, let Finneriors handle the job for you. We specialize in remodeling homes. Our team of professionals can replace or refurbish your kitchen cabinets. If you want an entirely new kitchen, we can give you the kitchen of your dreams.  Contact us for a free consultation.


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