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    Default RE-covering formica kitchen cabinets

    We have great kitchen cabinets we would like to update with new cabinet doors. They are the 80's style formica with wood trim. The boxes would need to be veneered to match the new wood cabinets. Can this be done well and with longevity? Cabinet makers want to tear them all out which seems really wasteful.
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    Default Re: RE-covering formica kitchen cabinets

    I got news for you: the cabinet makers are right.

    Your cabinets are at least 30 years old. I don't know their condition or what type of cabinets they are, but maybe it's time to replace them.

    Shop around, there are huge price differences among cabinets.

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    Default Re: RE-covering formica kitchen cabinets

    I disagree with dj1 I think if they are in good shape and you like the layout why not reface them. this may involve removing the laminate of just scuffing it you will have to follow the recommendations on the adhesive you are using

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    Default Re: RE-covering formica kitchen cabinets

    In many cases refacing may make sense and will save money. However, cabinets built in the 80s with foremica are most likely not made of plywood. Particle board cabinets that old are worn out and smelly making refacing a waste of good money.

    We don't know the exact condition of the current cabinets, but if all cabinet makers suggested replacing and not even one recommended refacing, it tells us something.

    One thing about investing money in remodeling will always be true: In most cases, the cheaper is more expensive.

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    Default Re: RE-covering formica kitchen cabinets

    There are many good products (Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations and Sherwin Williams has one also) out there now that make it easy to re-paint these kind of cabinets.

    I'm very shocked by some of the responses you received. Who said they were "worn out and smelly?" If I'm not mistaken, the original posted stated they were "great." "All cabinetmakers?" He stated cabinetmakers wanted to tear them all out, not that there's been multiple cabinetmakers who've even looked at 'em. I would assume cabinetmakers would want to rip 'em out either way, since that's their job.

    If you want to do it to save money, or just to save cabinets that are in good condition, go for it. You can also add trim/molding before painting to also change to look.

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    Default Re: RE-covering formica kitchen cabinets

    If you want to do a full reface on them, including new doors, then you need to see if the faceframes are up to the task. See how well they are holding the hinges/screws. If all is tight, you have acceptable boxes for a reface.
    there's really no way to reface the laminate doors (melamine over p-board most likely) and a more respectable door style will actually give you a tangible result, any less will look only like a paint job. There are many places that manufacture cabinet doors for the refacing industry; find one nearby because doors are heavy and the shipping can kill the budget. Find a door you like in a finish you like, and you're off to a good start.
    If the cabinet boxes are frameless, then there is really nothing worth saving, as you have nothing but particle board there to fasten to. In that case, paint away.
    Casey
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    Default Re: RE-covering formica kitchen cabinets

    Quote Originally Posted by cammianne View Post
    There are many good products (Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations and Sherwin Williams has one also) out there now that make it easy to re-paint these kind of cabinets.

    I'm very shocked by some of the responses you received. Who said they were "worn out and smelly?" If I'm not mistaken, the original posted stated they were "great." "All cabinetmakers?" He stated cabinetmakers wanted to tear them all out, not that there's been multiple cabinetmakers who've even looked at 'em. I would assume cabinetmakers would want to rip 'em out either way, since that's their job.

    If you want to do it to save money, or just to save cabinets that are in good condition, go for it. You can also add trim/molding before painting to also change to look.
    I'm the one who said that some old cabinets are "worn out and smelly", even when the homeowner thinks that they are in "great shape". You see, for resurfacing you need a cabinet that can hold new doors (weight and new screws). Most old particle board cabinets can't do that, they just fall apart.

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