Kitchen Cabinet Options: Install, Reface or Refinish

Kitchen Cabinet Options: Install, Reface or Refinish

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just moved into your home or have lived there for years. The kitchen is an important part of your home. In fact, many people still believe it is the heart of your home.

That’s why you need to overhaul the kitchen when you first move in and periodically as you live there, your needs and tastes will change.

But, you have an important decision to make! 

Kitchen Cabinet Options: Install, Reface or Refinish

Installing New

Installing a new kitchen is a good idea but it is very expensive.  Putting a new kitchen in allows you to redesign what’s there and rearrange all the appliances. This is a great way of building a kitchen that really suits your needs and cooking styles. You’ll have to spend time in the kitchen working out how it can be rearranged to work better for you.

You’ll then need the basics of professional help to rip out the kitchen, rearrange plumbing and electrics, repair walls, and fit new cupboards, countertops, and splashbacks. 

It’s a big undertaking but you do gain the ability to completely reformat the style of cupboards. This is particularly beneficial if your kitchen is old as older kitchens don’t tend to have many draws or storage features. Designing a new one will ensure you have all the best storage options available, which will help to keep your kitchen looking perfect all the time.


For many, the better option is to refinish the kitchen. This is a particularly good idea if you’re already happy with the kitchen and have a very low budget. 

Refinishing means changing the finish on your doors and even your countertops. The doors can be coated with varnish or special paint, the countertops and be covered with thin vinyl sheeting. The result is a radically different kitchen for little expense.

However, it is important to get the refinishing done properly. For example, if you use the wrong paint it will simply peel off. Or, if you don’t put the vinyl on properly you’ll end up with bubbles under the surface.

Of course, this is a short to medium-term solution as the refinish will fade and need doing again. 


This is also a good idea if you like the current layout of your kitchen but it’s a long term solution that refinishing. Refacing means removing the visible surfaces, that’s the doors and countertops. You can then replace these with new ones, it won’t just look like a new kitchen, it will feel like it.

This option is likely to last as long as installing a new kitchen, providing you inspect your cupboards first to ensure wet or dry rot is not an issue. Because this is longer-term you can use professionals to custom make your kitchen, in fact, you can extend this outside, custom-made outdoor kitchens are becoming very popular.

There is no wrong or right option, it’s what suits you best. But, don’t forget that if you choose to have custom joinery it will last for a long time. That means keeping the look neutral if you have any plans to sell.

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