The 3 R’s of Kitchen Cabinets: Refinishing, Refacing, and Resurfacing

The 3 R's of Kitchen Cabinets: Refinishing, Refacing, and Resurfacing

Your kitchen cabinets are a critical part of your home and make all the difference in your kitchen’s aesthetic. 

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to redo your kitchen, staring right at the three R’s of cabinets is a great way to give the space a whole new look and feel. The R’s stand for Refinishing, refacing, and resurfacing. Let’s delve into what each of these services is so when it comes time to fix up your cabinets, you’ll know exactly what you want. 


Refinishing is likely what you’re thinking about when it comes to remodeling your cabinets. When you refinish, it means that you’re changing the color or the finish (matte, shiny, etc.) of the cabinet. If your cabinets are in good shape with no cracks, dings, or chips, refinishing is an affordable way to give your cabinets new meaning. 

The process is simple, as it only involves a quick sanding to take off the finish, then the application of new paint and finish. You can choose from plenty of different finishes; from white and black to green and blue, your cabinets are completely custom to your decor tastes. Refinishing your kitchen cabinets will take about a week but can turn out spectacular results with minimal money spent.


If you feel like your cabinets are outdated but don’t want to replace the entirety of the unit, refacing is a route that many homeowners will take. The process involves replacing the drawer fronts and cabinet doors with something else you prefer and then placing veneers over the cabinet frames to make everything blend seamlessly. 

Your cabinet frames will need to be in good shape for refacing to be an option, but if the drawer fronts and doors have scratches or cracks, refacing is the way to go since this part of the cabinet will be replaced. Refacing your cabinets only takes a few days but is often more expensive than refinishing. 


Refacing and resurfacing are essentially the same. You will often hear both terms used interchangeably, so we thought we’d address it here. If you’re looking to change out those cabinet doors, pulls, and hardware, refacing or resurfacing is what you want. 

These options are a great way to take your kitchen cabinets to the next level without breaking the bank. But which one is better? It’s up to you! Resurfacing and refacing can give you new paneling, and it’s by far the best option if you want to stick with a natural wood grain, especially if you already have a darker stain on your cabinets which can be hard to remove. Refinishing or painting your existing cabinets is the least expensive option, and it gives you the opportunity to be creative with your color palette. 

Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets with Allen Brothers Cabinet Painting 

If you decide you want your kitchen cabinets refinished and painted, let the experts Allen Brothers Cabinet Painting help you out. We pride ourselves on doing high-quality work, and we can do it in as little as a week so you can get back to using your kitchen and enjoying time with the family. We serve the northern Utah cities of Sandy, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Salt Lake City. So contact us today to get a free bid on a project and learn more about our paint offerings!