Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Kitchen drawers need refacing, tooby Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
When you decide to reface your kitchen cabinets, don't forget about the drawer fronts. Making your cabinets look brand-new can work wonders for your kitchen, and drawers that match perfectly can create a seamless appearance.
Understanding kitchen drawer parts
There are two types of drawers: the three-sided drawer box or the four-sided drawer box. The three-sided box is made of three sides that form the interior of the drawer, and the fourth side is created by the drawer front. The four-sided box has an interior made of four sides, and the drawer front is attached to the end of the drawer.
In other words, the drawer front of the three-sided drawer is an integral part of the construction and function of the drawer. The four-sided drawer front is simply attached to the body of the drawer with screws, and is not absolutely necessary for the drawer to work properly.
When replacing the drawer fronts, a four-sided drawer makes the job easy; you simply remove the drawer front and replace it with the new one. The drawer front is usually attached with screws that enter from inside the drawer's front panel.
For three-sided drawers, the process can be a bit trickier. Rather than remove the front panel, carefully saw away the overlapping edges of the original front, then add a new drawer front on top of it. In some cases, you can turn the drawer box around, re-attach the slides in the opposite direction, and attach the new drawer front to the unfinished edge.
Other options for replacement kitchen drawers
If you aren't keen on completely replacing the drawer fronts, try self-adhesive veneer. However, unless you are covering your cabinets with the same type of veneer, you run the risk of a mismatched look.
If you have a bit of extra cash in your budget and don't want to tackle the extra work that comes with refacing drawers, you could order new drawers that have fronts to match your new cabinets. While this can be a more expensive option, installation is pretty straightforward.
For the easiest option of all, look for a good contractor who can create your ideal kitchen. You can choose your drawer fronts and cabinet doors, have them shipped to your home, and hire a contractor to handle the installation for you. Or you can work with the contractor from the start to design, create and install the custom cabinets that suit your fancy.