Refacing Vs Refinishing Difference | New Look Home Remodeling
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A lot of people have been wondering what is the difference between REFACING & REFINISHING & how to choose between these processes. This video will provide an informative choice for you.

But whether you choose to do refacing or refinishing, we have the best solutions tailored just for you.  An advantage to doing either is that you save time & money.



  1. great blog post. i enjoyed seeing the difference and the advantages of both, really helped me make my decision. Just filled out my free estimate form, cant wait to hear back.

    1. Thank you for your wonderful comment & we’re glad we could be of help in your decision making. Please feel free to call us for your free estimate & we’ll be very glad to assist you further.

      1. Some people claim you sholud do the floors first and set the cabinets on the new floors. I personally believe it is more common to do the cabinets first and then the floors. That is how the last three house we owned were done.If you have a dishwasher, be sure the new flooring height doesn’t “trap” the dishwasher by being too high so you can’t pull the dishwasher out for repair or replacement.

    2. There are a lot of factors to cdeniosr and a good quality knock down version might be better than cheaply made cabinet that comes already assembled. You’ve already mentioned particle board, and have referred to real wood, but does that mean plywood? The advantage of particle board is that it is often less expensive and is usually used as a substrate for a melamine or high pressure laminate surface treatment. MDF (medium density fiberboard) is also used with melamine or plastic laminates and can be painted because the wood chips used in its’ manufacture are much finer than the ones used in particle board. Neither of them is resistant to moisture and should never be used when there is any likelihood of coming into contact with water.Plywood cabinets are much more resistant to water, though seldom waterproof, but don’t accept paint as well as MDF because the grain will show through. They are typically stained and coated with a lacquer finish but are more prone to scratches than melamine or laminate is.There are very poorly made cabinets available that are pre assembled in huge factories by unskilled labor and there are some that are very well constructed as well, so you have to look carefully to determine which is which. Even custom built cabinets use pneumatic fasteners, so pay careful attention to the joinery, they type of bracing used, and whether there are any screws visible in the construction. Screws are always preferable to nails or staples because they hold much tighter and are resistant to loosening over time. Is there enough bracing and are any brackets made of wood or a wood material that is attached with glue rather than plastic ones that are simply stapled on? Look at the seams. Is there glue visible? Does it look like any glue was even used? Wriggle the cabinet to see if it seems sturdy and not in danger of falling apart. Look at the drawers. Are they made of solid wood, particle board, or plywood. Look at the bottom of the drawers. Are they glued into dadoes (slots) in the sides or are they just stapled onto the bottom of the sides? Are the sides dovetailed, dadoed, or simply stapled together? What type of hinges do they use? Are they just old fashioned butt hinges that have no adjustment and can wear out over time or are they European 35mm types that can be adjusted for a precise fit and tend to last much longer?What kind of hardware comes with the ready to assemble cabinets you looked at? Are they adjustable for direction up and down, side to side, and back and forth? What do the panels look like? Is the finish even and is the color consistent? Are the edge treatments well made and consistent? Are the holes and other assembly points well manufactured and accurate? Is there adequate bracing included? There are some excellent boxed cabinets available and with a little research, a novice can certainly put them together and install them. A cordless screw gun is a big help in this endeavor and then all you need is a level, (not a laser level they simply aren’t accurate unless you spend the money to buy a good one), a non-marring dead blow mallet, and possibly a small pry bar.I hope I answered your question without adding too much unnecessary detail. Like most things, there are a lot of aspects to cabinetry that civilians don’t have the experience to cdeniosr and any knowledge you have should help you make an informed decision. I have a colleague who is the chief designer at a large Washington, D.C. museum and he ordered his kitchen cabinets through The Home Depot and was very happy with them and the installation. He and his wife are extremely discerning people and if he says they’re okay, then that should be good enough for the rest of us.The key factors, in addition to price, will be in the manufacturing and material details.

  2. With wood flooring, its betetr to install the cabinets 1st as not to even take a chance of scratching the floors. Just boost up the cabinets 3/4″ as not to lose toe kick space. This is very true if some one else is installing the cabinets. Not so bad if your doing the cabinet installation, you ll take care. If your doing all the work, you can install the wood, just know where your new ones lay out and you can put wood just where cabinets, stove and refridge are going. Or just waste some wood and do the whole floor. Done it all these combinations for 20 years. Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar, GL

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