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Is It Hard To Install New Cabinet Doors And Drawer Fronts?


If you want to update your kitchen or bathroom, one of the best ways to do that is to update the cabinets. Often, that leads to the following questions:

*Should I replace my cabinets, or should I reface them?

*What is the most affordable option?

*Should I get a contractor, or do it myself?

*If I do it myself, how hard will it be?

The answer to all of these questions is the same... it depends.


It Depends? On What?

The answer to the first two questions on that list depends heavily on budget and if the existing cabinets themselves are in relatively good shape. Refacing, under the right circumstances, will definitely save you money over replacing your cabinets.

The question of whether or not you should hire a contractor for your refacing project is more a personal one in that you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not you are handy enough to do the job yourself. If you are a fairly handy person, you may be able to do the work with no problem.

If you do decide to do this yourself, and you feel like you are a fairly handy person, then let's talk about what it takes to reface your cabinets.

Let's Get Started

We won't go into great detail here as this short blog would turn into a rather large textbook fairly quickly. However, we will give you a quick overview of how this is generally done so that you can be better informed when you make your decision on whether or not you want to do this yourself or hire someone.


Generally speaking, you need a relatively smooth and clean surface you can use to attach your veneer to. This means filling any holes, nicks, and cracks as well as sanding any rough surface - including the areas where you have used filler to make repairs.

Make sure to clean any dust or dirt from the surface before applying the veneer. Once that is done, and if you purchased your  veneer from Cabinet Door World, then the 3M peel and stick backing makes application easy.


Cabinet Doors

Replacing the doors is pretty straightforward. If you need to bore for hinges, you'll want to do that first. Cabinet Door World offers boring at a very low price so that you don't have to do that.

Then install the hinges and install the door. This is, of course, the super oversimplified version of how this is done. However, we have an  article that includes a video that demonstrates this process in-depth on our blog.


Drawer Fronts

This can be one of the more frustrating parts of refacing your cabinets.

If you are using existing drawer boxes, you'll want to check first to see if the front is attached to the old box with nails, screws, or both. If it is attached with just screws, it is super simple, just unscrew it from the inside of the drawer box.

If the drawer front is attached using nails, then you'll need to pry the front off of the box. It is also possible that you have a 3-sided box where the front makes the 4th side. In that case, you will need to cut the front off and replace it.

However,  you can also purchase a new box and mounting hardware from, you guessed it, Cabinet Door World. Doing this allows you to cut out some of the more frustrating steps of replacing your drawer fronts.

If you purchase drawer boxes from us, then installing a new drawer front can be as simple as screwing it onto the box. However, because screwing the front onto the box can cause the front to pull out of position, we do recommend using clamps or even nailing it into place first.

Drawer Fronts

Wrapping Up

The process of replacing your cabinet doors and drawer fronts can be fairly straightforward and simple if you have some DIY experience under your belt. However, we'd also like to share that  HGTV has a good video on their blog that might also help you to feel more comfortable making a decision as to whether or not to do it yourself.

We hope that this gives you a better idea of what to expect when considering refacing your cabinets. If you have more questions or are interested in moving forward with a refacing project, don't hesitate to reach out to us at sales@cabinetdoorworld.com anytime.

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