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Forum topic by TDominy posted 06-10-2013 01:15 AM 863 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TDominy

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06-10-2013 01:15 AM

I am going to re-face my kitchen cabinets. I am going to make the doors and draw fronts, what is recommended for the frame faces and cabinet ends. I see that people use veneer, should it be pre finished. Can you recommend a source for supplies?

Thanks for any response.

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 01:24 AM

I’ve been researching this myself and found http://www.refacedepot.com/

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 01:57 AM

Based on what I saw on your profile, I can’t believe you would even consider re-facing your old cabinets.
Did you build that blanket chest on your avatar? Why don’t you build the cabinets?

Re-facing is something you do on a rental or a cheap house you want to sell quick. Some would argue with that but I’m hoping you might consider going all the way, lay out the kitchen the way you want, maybe reuse the dovetail drawer boxes if you can and walk away with a sweet kitchen and no regrets.

just an idea.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 03:45 AM

If the cabinets are sound, you might consider tinting too. If a color change is the only change needed, it works like a charm.
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TDominy

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 03:11 PM

Mark, thanks for the thoughts.

We are looking at another 2 – 3 years in this home and moving on to something small in another state so I hesitate to spend the tie and capital at this point.

And yes I did build the blanket chest.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 02:25 PM

TD,
Yea, I hear you. Gotta watch the budget.

I just think it would be a shame to go through all that work to make your own doors – raised panels? and drawer fronts and hang them on what I can only imagine. Usually, the boxes are cheap particle board and beat with warped, stained shelves and crappy shelf clips. The sink base is usually really bad. Is this your case?

If you knew how long it takes to prep and glue a bunch of little pieces of wood veneer on a million sides of greasy, varnished and beat face frames and have it come out looking like new – well, the pros will tell you it ain’t easy and the results are par. As a cabinet maker it makes me cringe – and I won’t do it, never have.

Two years later, the pieces start coming off on the most used cabinets. As if you can’t tell – not a fan at all.

How much longer would it take to build the boxes compared to amount of time taken to re fake them?

I don’t think you’re giving enough credit to the future buyer’s ability to recognize a new kitchen VS a dated refaced kitchen. There is value there to be recouped or lost.

And lastly, 2 to 3 years of enjoyment making and using them! That’s worth a lot to me.

You’re right….this might not be the house to build your dream kitchen but I can’t help being a cheer leader to get you to go for it. Sure would make a nice project post for your profile.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 03:47 PM

I’ve done some refacing, though not on an entire kitchen. I suggest unfinished veneer, I used PSA and applied it to surfaces that had a coating of non-flammable contact cement. Sounds silly, but you will not believe the bond this forms. Of course, the surfaces need to be cleaned and prepped first. I highly recommend a book…Kimballs book be precise. It’s been out a while now, so you can buy a used one for next to nothing.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 06-11-2013 05:09 PM

Yeah if you are looking to shift in smaller house than this one after 2-3 years then it is not wise to spend too money on this. Better refacing on entire kitchen furniture and doors. If I were you I would not invest too much in this because investing after 3 years would be fine as per the needs.

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TDominy

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#8 posted 06-11-2013 05:28 PM

Thanks for all of the inputs. My wife works in the local library. I am going to see if they have the book on re-facing.

I will also try that PSA and contact cement process on a test piece to see how it works.

Thanks all for the considered advice.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#9 posted 06-11-2013 05:34 PM

You will be impressed. Let the contact cement set up as normal, and press the veneer to it. But don’t plan on pulliing the veneer off.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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