Kitchen Cabinet Painting & Refacing

Cabinet Painting & Refacing

Kitchen painting or re-staining is a viable option for renewing the look of your used cabinets. There may be various reasons you are considering this option. Perhaps it is concern over avoiding dust and mess with renovations, or maybe it’s the need to get a job done fast so you can place your house on the real estate market, or it could be a combination of factors of which all play into the budget you have available. Regardless of your reasons for choosing cabinet painting or re-staining, we want you to be fully aware of all the facts regarding this process, and any new cabinet alternatives that may exist, so that you can get the best value for your available budget. In a recent blog we outlined some facts to consider in terms of value spending when it comes to refacing. We encourage you to read it. If you decide it is still your best option to reface or paint or restain after consideration of these points, then take note of our reface process below and what your options are.

Our Cabinet Refacing Order Process


Select Upgrades and Additions

This would include features such as soft close drawers, concealed soft close hinges, adding lazy susan or magic corner mechanism. Adding pull out drawers in a pantry or base cabinet or a pull out garbage. Adding crown and light valance. In some cases you can also add new cabinets to extend counter space, provide additional storage or to add additional drawers.


Assess Suitability of Existing Cabinets for Reface

Are your existing cabinets viable candidates for a reface? Can they host the desired upgrades you want or would it be best to compare pricing on cabinet replacement options to meet your upgrade objectives? While we can paint just about anything, there are some materials we don’t recommend painting. We also give consideration to the mechanical aspects of a retrofit. In other words can we install the new hardware to make the conversion appealing and equivalent in function to a cabinet replacement? This includes consideration of drawer glides, new hinges, new mechanisms, pull out drawers and minimum opening sizes required. Part of this assessment is a consideration of whether drawer cabinets or other cabinet sections can be swapped out. Cabinet construction plays the biggest roll in this. Many older, fully-framed, built-on-site cabinets from the late 50-60s – and even early 70s – make swapping out sections of cabinet impossible without major alterations, which drives the cost up significantly and make upgrades very difficult.

If the first two steps are acceptable, we can start considering further details and move on to step 3.


Keep or Replace Existing Doors

If you decide to replace the doors, give consideration to the shape and style you want. Generally we replace the doors using the same material the cabinets are currently made from to maintain the same texture. If you wish to switch to a different material then additional fees and processes will apply. Replacing doors also adds additional production time.


Select Colour or New Stain Colour

When it comes to solid paint colours, if it’s on the colour wheel we can do it. While stain colours can be changed, there are some limitations that apply and our painters will gladly advise you of those issues.


Select a New Countertop

Visit our showroom countertop section for options. This will have the most visual impact in your reface. Not sure what to choose? Just ask your sales and design staff and they will be happy to offer tips and advice.


Select New Backsplash Tile

Visit our showroom for options.

Our Reface Production Process – Work Phase

Overall our refacing process works as follows.

  • We remove all your doors. They are either replaced or refaced. If you are getting new concealed hinges we also bore out the back of the doors for the new hinges
  • If backsplash needs to be removed we do that now
  • We invite the electrician in at this point to do his job if there are changes, such as under cabinet lighting
  • Walls are patched and drywalled as needed
  • All cabinet boxes are painted or re-stained on site. We do not reface or replace cabinet interiors such as drawer boxes. General if this is required we recommend replacing the cabinets.
  • We bring back and re-install the doors
  • New countertop, sink and new backsplash are installed. The old countertop is removed and disposed of at this time.
  • If plumbing is included, we reconnect your drain at this point
  • If a new backsplash is included, we install that at this point
  • If there are new added features such as a crown or light valance, they are installed at this point. They will have been colour matched with your refaced doors, in our facility.
  • If under cabinet lighting is included, we install that now

Next enjoy and share your refaced kitchen with friends and family.


Request Information


  • Is your showroom open to the public? Is an appointment Required?

    NAK has a showroom in Orangeville. We are open to the public and we welcome contractors who wish to partner with us. Our showroom includes displays of kitchens, closets, bath displays, vanity floor models for sale, laundry display, countertops and door samples, plus flooring, backsplash and other samples. There is no appointment necessary to visit our showroom, however, because our staff also makes in-home visits for consultation and project management, an appointment is recommended,...

  • Production time on custom cabinets?

    Our in-house manufactured custom cabinetry takes approximately 5-8 weeks based on the size and nature of the order. Larger volume orders processed through our secondary Canadian manufacturers take approximately 6-10 weeks.

  • Warranty?

    NAK offers a limited lifetime warranty on all custom cabinet doors and a warranty on all internal hardware such as hinges and drawer glides. Warranty is non transferable and some limitations apply. See full warranty in store for details.

  • Does NAK supply a free estimate or proposal?

    Yes, please provide us with a rough layout and measurements of your space or request a free in-home consultation.