Refacing Kitchens in Pretoria

In this article I am going to delve into refacing, the advantages and disadvantages. Over the years I have refaced many kitchens. I am going to tell you what to look for when considering a reface vs a replacement kitchen and when a reface makes sense. 

First things first, In many kitchens less than 20 years old and in some a little older, the carcasses are still in pretty good condition. In most kitchens the units that take a beating are the sink units. Often water damage is limited but still exists. Check the top back corners by rubbing your fingers over them lightly. On Melamine you will feel bulging and pitting. If this is the case, you should be putting in a new unit. 

In most kitchens that I reface I replace drawer boxes and runners as a matter of course. It is rare that the runners are not worn out and that the drawers themselves are not grotty. The biggest downside of a reface is the same as respraying a car and covering up the rust, If the carcasses are grotty, the kitchen will look nice till you open the cabinet.

Refacing can be done with paint or by replacing doors and counter tops. More kitchens need replacement doors than those that can be spruced up with a lick of paint. Melamine doors most always need replacement. If the edging is damaged and there are signs of damage on the corners, there is very little that can be done without new doors. 

In Europe it is possible to buy specialised Melamine primers, but I haven't seen them locally as yet. We have seen doors painted with self etch primers but the results are rarely anything but bleh. If you go with replacement doors your options are pretty wide. You can choose Melamine, Veneer, Supawood, Wrap doors or Solid wood. 

Melamine leaves you stuck with a colour that you have chosen, as do wrap doors. These cannot just be painted when you tire of that Cherry Royale that was hugely fashionable a few short years ago. Wrap doors also can peel, I have seen this too many times, so I recommend you rather get the Melamine or go for Supawood doors. 

Supawood is a medium density fibre board, also called MDF in the trade, ideal for painting, It gives you a super smooth spray painted finish or can be hand painted as easily as a wall. Supawood doors can be made in many shapes and patterns using little more than a router and some jigs. Most wrap doors use Supawood as a substrate. 

Supawood doors can be made to look like old fashioned tongue in groove doors, the ever popular shaker door and even raised panel doors. These doors can be painted any colour you want. The only option better than Supawood is real wood, but if you are going to paint it why spend that extra money that can be used to get the blingiest handles.

I suggest replacing all hardware when doing a reface, New runners and hinges make a huge difference.

As far as budget goes, refaces can save between 25 and 50% of the cost of a total renovation.