Cabinets are the focal point of your kitchen. They are the determining factor for whether your kitchen looks modern and renovated or old and outdated. Let Lakeside Painting freshen up your “heart of the home” with kitchen cabinet refinishing.

Whether you’re interested in refacing old kitchen cabinets or making them look weathered and distressed, our professional painters can help. We can also repair or replace hinges, knobs, drawer slides, and other hardware.

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a more affordable option than refacing. This process typically involves sanding down the original cabinets and applying a stain or finish, usually lacquer. Refinishing works well if you want to go from stained wood to a darker or lighter stain or a solid color. For the most part, however, you can’t go from a solid color to a stain.

Solid color cabinets are usually constructed using medium density fiberboard – not real hardwood – as hardwood is expensive and cabinetmakers likely won’t purchase costly stain-grade wood only to cover it up with an opaque color.

Cabinet refinishing is also a good option if you like the cabinet doors that you currently have. However, refinishing oak kitchen cabinets is usually not a good idea because it’s almost impossible to hide the wood grain.

If you have a good substrate to refinish, this might be a good option. If not, refacing might be the best option for you.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Refacing old kitchen cabinets, also known as cabinet resurfacing, allows you to keep your existing kitchen intact while transforming its appearance entirely. A thin wood substrate is adhered to the cabinet surface to make it more durable. Then, a layer of natural wood or laminate refacing material is added. Adding these extra materials means that refacing reinforces the strength of your existing cabinets.

Cabinet refacing saves a lot of time, as the project can typically be completed within five days. Additionally, you can save about 50% of the cost you would have to dish out for new cabinetry.

With refacing, you get all of the perks of new cabinets without the mess and the expense. Doors, drawer fronts, drawer boxes, countertops, hardware, veneers, valances, molding and exterior shelves are all upgraded when you decide to reface your kitchen cabinets.

With refacing, the existing framework is used, which means that you won’t need to obtain a permit or gut your kitchen.

Updating Cabinet Door Hinges

If refinishing or refacing your kitchen cabinets is not a feasible option at this point, changing the hardware goes a long way in making your kitchen look updated and new.

Modern hinges and knobs are relatively affordable, though the price varies dramatically depending on your particular preferences.

If your kitchen is in need of some TLC, an entire gut job might not be necessary. With Lakeside’s skills and experience, you can have your kitchen looking brand new for a portion of the cost in a fraction of the time. If you reside in southeast Wisconsin and are interested in refinishing or refacing your kitchen cabinets, give us a shout. Call us to schedule your appointment, or fill out our online form and one of our residential painting contractors will come to your home and provide you with a free, personalized estimate.

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