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Saphellae 04-20-2011 09:29 PM

Need Creative Ideas - Refacing
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I am adding some cabinets to the kitchen. We currently have an exact replica of the attached photo's cabinets. They are standard, cheap, etc. We live in an attached house and are not willing to put the money in to replace our current cabinets while adding new ones, with wood.

Is there a way to replace just the cabinet doors with wood without getting rid of the cabinet itself? The cabinet is also covered in white laminate. So we would have to somehow modify the white cabinet to match the doors.

I think its hopeless, we may just be stuck with a white kitchen. I'm hoping not thought. Any ideas are appreciated.. I've got a designer working on it for me, she visited earlier this evening.. this is one my questions that is popping up after her visit. She'll get back to me with some ideas soon and we will discuss anything that came up.

If anyone has any other alternatives please let me know!!!

Andy M. 04-20-2011 09:47 PM

Not sure if I understand you correctly.

So the cabinets are surfaced with white laminate. You want to replace just the doors with wood doors. Is that right?

There used to be a cabinet resurfacing market. I think Sears marketed it for one. Workers would come in and change the look of your existing cabinets by refacing them and maybe replacing the doors and or new hardware.

You could add wood doors to the existing white laminate cabinets for a contrasting look.

Saphellae 04-20-2011 09:52 PM

Yes the entire cabinet is surfaced with white laminate. There are a few places where it has started to bubble / peel off from steaming appliances (ie rice cooker) that were placed too close. I think what I have is called "Thermafoil" but I can't be sure without having my designer look at them closely

I am not sure I would want such a contrasting look.. it's a smallish eat in kitchen.

I was considering just doing the bottom cupboards in what I have now, but replacing all of the top cupboards with something different? Again would have to consult with my designer lol. I have no clue. I want to keep cost as low as possible though..

taxlady 04-20-2011 09:52 PM

One of my former clients is a handy man.

He redid his kitchen without removing the cabinets. He put veneer on all the doors, sides of cabinets, and the uprights, between the cabinet doors, etc.

It looked really good.

I don't remember what he did with the counter tops.

I have seen a stone-like product that can be applied to a variety of surfaces. It's painted on. I don't know if it is suitable as counter top, but it is used for floors. You would probably have to pull the sink out applying it.

Saphellae 04-20-2011 10:02 PM

hmm veneer has to be glued on though right, as its a wood product, my cabinet doors have that square indentation, not sure how that would work.

I have also seen that "spray on stone" thing - looks neat!!!

taxlady 04-20-2011 10:55 PM


Originally Posted by Saphellae (Post 992105)
hmm veneer has to be glued on though right, as its a wood product, my cabinet doors have that square indentation, not sure how that would work.

I have also seen that "spray on stone" thing - looks neat!!!

Yeah, you would have to fill that in, or get new doors, or take the doors off and take off those pieces of wood around the edges.

taxlady 04-20-2011 10:59 PM

Actually now that I think about it, he had started with ugly flat doors (like mine). He put veneer and then he put real wood boards around the edges to give dimension - sort of like your doors, but wood.

babetoo 04-21-2011 12:05 AM

i like them the way they are. i should be so lucky to have a kitchen like that. don't think i would do much in a rented place.

mine are wood and badly in need of paint. i hate to paint. my son hates to paint. handyman wants to much money. guess i will live with em.

tell me what you decide please

Bolas De Fraile 04-21-2011 12:50 AM

Saph the carcass without the door will not be a laminate it will either be a melamine impregnated paper or vinyl. Where it has bubbled because of steam first check that the chipboard under the finish has not swollen, if not take an iron and a cloth and apply with some heat to try to smooth and refix, its a very long shot so I wish you luck. The carcass if it is mass produced will be a standard size and you should be able to remove the doors from the blum type snap shut fittings quite easily, it should be just two screws if it is the same as here. We can buy replacement doors,draw fronts etc with ease overhere and they are very easy to fit.:smile:

Katie H 04-21-2011 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by Saphellae (Post 992098)
it's a smallish eat in kitchen.

I'm a retired designer and my concern would be that if you changed your cabinetry to a darker color, your kitchen would become visually even smaller. In view of that, you might want to remain with the white and add some "pop" with some decorative, colorful hardware and some color on your window, chair cushions, towels, etc. Even plants, silk ones if you don't have adequate lighting for the real thing. You don't really have to concern yourself with cooking film on today's silks because many of them can go right into the dishwasher. I know. I've done it.

If you have open space above your cabinets, that area can be utilized for additional interest, too. Something as simple as unusual pottery, baskets, silk vines/ivy, tiny clear lighting.

All of these aren't cost prohibitive and can go a long way toward a new look for an old space.

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