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Can You Just Replace The Cabinet Doors?

Can You Just Replace The Cabinet Doors?

Posted by CabinetNow on 2020-09-10

In today's economy remodeling, your kitchen may not be in your budget. But there is a way to give your kitchen a complete makeover without spending thousands of dollars - refacing your cabinets! By refacing your kitchen cabinets, you essentially keep your existing cabinets but replace the doors and hardware. This two-day DIY project can be done to old and worn cabinets that need a fresh look or just looking to update your kitchen. From material to hardware, if you plan to reface your cabinets, use this guide to fully understand the options available to you.

Selecting New Cabinet Doors

When selecting your new cabinet doors, you'll have the option of having them made out of the three materials. Each has its benefits and disadvantages. Here is a quick breakdown of what to expect from each:
  • Solid Wood: Solid wood a broad term for cabinets made out of wood, including maple, cherry, and oak. The significant benefit of using solid wood is that it can be personalized with finishes, stains, paint, and glazes.
  • Thermofoil: Thermofoil is a thin, vinyl laminate that is heated and pressurized onto a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) core. Even though you can not personalize this type of cabinet, it is available in various colors and styles.
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF): MDF is an engineered composite wood that is easy to paint and resists warping from humidity. If you're on a budget, MDF gives you the look of solid wood without a significant price tag.

Selecting An Overlay

Once you've chosen your cabinet doors, your need to choose an overlay style. An overlay is how the cabinet doors fit on the cabinet face. You'll have to the following options when choosing an overlay style:
  • Standard Overlays: Also known as traditional overlays, a standard overlay exposes the cabinet box's face around the doors and drawers. This type of overlay creates a frame around your cabinets.
  • Full Overlays: Unlike the standard overlays, full overlays have the cabinet doors mounted. This means that they completely cover the cabinet box with no cabinet frame showing around doors and drawer fronts.
  • Inset: Inset doors form a flush surface with the front face of a cabinet when they are fully closed.

Selecting Your Hardware

Kitchen cabinet hardware is an essential part of a kitchen makeover. The hardware of your cabinets can add character and personality to your kitchen. Cabinet hardware includes hinges, handles, pulls, and knobs, which improve the space's usability. The cabinet doors and overlays style you've chosen will partly determine what type of hinges you use - all other hardware is a personal preference. Remember that framed cabinets have hinges attached to the door and frame, while frameless cabinets have hinges attached to the door and wall. Keeping this in mind, here is a breakdown of hinge styles that you could use:
  • European Hinges: Also known as concealed hinges, European hinges are not visible when closed. For a more contemporary look, opt for these hinge as it provides a clean, sleek appearance to your cabinetry. These hinges are also self-closing and limit the door to opening 110 degrees. European hinges are to be used with full overlay cabinet doors or frameless cabinets.
  • Traditional Hinges: Also known as exposed hinges, traditional hinges are visible outside the cabinets. There are various types of traditional hinges, including spring-loaded self-closing barrel hinges and knife hinges, which allow the door to open 180 degrees.