Cabinet Refacing 101

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: What Is It?

Remodel your kitchen without a major renovation. Kitchen cabinet refacing is a cost-effective way to give your kitchen a whole new look by replacing cabinet door and drawer fronts and veneering the exterior of the cabinet boxes.

Your kitchen layout stays the same and the existing cabinets remain in place, so you avoid the inconveniences of a major renovation while still getting a noticeable return on investment!

Refresh and revitalize your kitchen without the need for a full kitchen renovation, with Kitchen Cabinet Refacing from Integrity Home Renovations in Thunder Bay. 

How Refacing Works

At Integrity Home Renovations in Thunder Bay, we replace your cabinet doors, drawer fronts, hinges, ends, and trim, so all the visible parts of your cabinets are brand new.

Replacing the doors and drawer fronts of your existing kitchen cabinets is a quick and convenient way to give your kitchen a new look in less time, money, and effort that the whole family will love!

Here’s how the Refacing process works:


Everything from your existing doors, drawer fronts, and hinges will all removed. Your cabinet boxes and drawer boxes will be all that’s left intact. 


Your existing cabinet boxes will be cleaned up and prepared for engineered materials that will match your new doors and the overall look of your kitchen.



All visible exteriors of your cabinet boxes (including frames and sides) are covered with engineered materials to match the overall look of your Kitchen.


new doors and drawer fronts, new hardware, hinges, and cabinet box surfacing materials to complement the new look of your doors and drawer fronts are installed.


Additional options include: soft-close hinges and slides, cabinet lighting, moulding, matching toe kick, interior organization options, countertop, backsplash, sink, heightening or modifying your cabinets, adding an island, and changing your kitchen cabinet valance. 

Is Kitchen Cabinet
Refacing Right For Me?

Is it worth it to reface kitchen cabinets?

If you like your overall kitchen layout, kitchen cabinet refacing is an economical way to update the look of your kitchen with minimal disruption and waste. Also, with cabinet Refacing, the main layout of your kitchen cabinet does not change unless you request one of the several enhancements available. 

How long do I want to spend on this project?

A traditional kitchen remodeling project can take weeks or even months in your home, causing dramatic disruption to your life. However, with Integrity Home Renovations in Thunder Bay, once installation begins, most cabinet refacing projects can be completed in just 1-4 days (unless it’s part of a larger home project). In less than a week, Refacing can give you a space that provides both updated style and improved functionality.

What is the condition of my cabinet boxes?

When we Reface your kitchen cabinets, we will replace everything except your cabinet interiors. We can also add storage solutions that will improve the function of your cabinets and Kitchen. We will also help assess the condition of your cabinets during your free In-home or virtual consultation!

Does my kitchen look dated?

Well-maintained, high-quality kitchen cabinets can last a long time. While those old cabinets might still be in good working condition, they may eventually start to look dated or out of style. Cabinet Refacing offers nearly endless style options so you can achieve the exact look you want.

Can My Cabinets Be Refaced?

Whether cabinet Refacing is right for you will partially depend on the condition of your cabinet boxes. Just because your cabinet boxes are old doesn’t mean they aren’t good for Refacing. In fact, many older cabinets have sturdier construction than newer boxes, so long as they aren’t damaged.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Cabinet boxes should be sturdy and made from smooth plywood or MDF panels.
  • Cabinets should show minimal signs of deterioration or moisture, such as swelling wood. Frames that have warped, or sagging doors may be better suited to replacement.
  • Solid wood face frames are ideal for anchoring new doors

The Pros and Cons of Cabinet Refacing


  • Keep your current kitchen layout
  • Endless style options
  • More eco-friendly
  • Faster time to completion
  • Less disruption and mess in your home


  • No major layout changes possible
  • Cabinet boxes don’t change