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National kitchen and bath remodeling franchise, Kitchen Tune-Up, remind homeowners that cabinet refacing is an affordable option.

Many homeowners put off updating their kitchen because they dread the cost, time and inconvenience. An affordable alternative to replacing cabinets is cabinet refacing. Refacing is an excellent option for cabinets that are still in good shape, but in need of an update. Kitchen Tune-Up is a company that offers refacing, redooring, and wood restoration services. Kitchen Tune-Up’s refacing expert, Jeff Dorn, answers homeowner’s refacing questions.

What is cabinet refacing?

The cabinet refacing process involves replacing old doors and drawer fronts with new custom-made ones of your choice. The cabinet frames are finished with matching material and updated pulls and knobs are installed– leaving a kitchen that looks brand new.

How long do cabinet refacing projects take?

Kitchen Tune-Up refacing projects take an average of three days and most homeowners will continue to have a functional kitchen during that time.

What type of material is used in a cabinet refacing project?

Kitchen Tune-Up has an incredible variety of beautiful styles and materials that are available. Clients can choose from maple, hickory, cherry, oak, alder, knotty alder, knotty hickory and more. They may also choose an exotic veneer such as quartersawn oak. Bamboo, which is a 100% renewable resource, is also a popular option.

Rigid Thermal Foil (RTF) is another option for cabinet refacing. In most custom cabinet lines, RTF is only available in white and almond. However, when refacing doors, this high-tech, easy-care material comes in a variety of amazingly realistic wood grains, many with dramatic glazes. It is often difficult to differentiate RTF from real wood. The kitchen is a high-traffic area and homeowners want a uniform appearance, making durable RTF a great choice

What are the advantages of cabinet refacing?

A great advantage of refacing cabinets is that the existing countertop and flooring can remain if the homeowners choose, saving money and mess. If a kitchen has countertops and flooring that are in good shape, why pay to replace it? If new cabinetry is installed, the majority of the kitchen must be gutted. Cabinet refacing doesn’t involve that hassle.

Does Kitchen Tune-Up only do cabinet refacing projects in the kitchen?

Refacing projects are not limited to the kitchen. Bathroom vanities, laundry rooms or built-in cabinets in any room can also be quickly transformed with refacing. Many people desire to be eco-friendly, as long as it doesn’t cost significantly more. Refacing keeps discarded material out of landfills and also saves the energy that would be required to construct new cabinetry.

Need help deciding if cabinet refacing is your best option?

Visit and check out the many different options and services available.

About Kitchen Tune-Up –Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in home remodeling. They offer wood reconditioning “Tune-Ups”, cabinet refacing and redooring, custom cabinetry and closet organization. Kitchen Tune-Up has been ranked Entrepreneur Magazine’s #1 home remodeling franchise for 20 years and has more than 200 franchises in the United States and Canada. Learn about franchise territories that are available nationwide and in Canada at or


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