When deciding between kitchen cabinet refinishing or refacing cabinets there are a few things to keep in mind. If your cabinets are made of laminate or thermofoil, reface is not an option due to the fact that these materials can’t be sanded or stripped and it’s nearly impossible for paint to stick.
If you have wood cabinets you can refinish or reface. If you dislike your kitchen’s layout or your cabinets current style, you may want to consider resurfacing. If budget is your main consideration, refinishing is often the cheaper option. Estimates have shown that refinishing cabinets cost about 2/3 the cost of refacing, and refacing costs about 70 to 80 percent the cost of installing or replacement cabinets.