Cabinet lining can be done in both residential and commercial settings. All cabinets can be clad (wood, laminate, thermofoil, even MDF). Worn and dated cabinets can easily be transformed into rich cherry, maple, walnut, walnut, and alder cabinets in a variety of door styles and finishes including paint, enamels, and distressed finishes. Cabinet siding will transform any outdated kitchen into a modern custom kitchen at half the cost of new cabinets.
The renovation process involves replacing the old doors and drawer fronts with new completely overlapping doors and drawer fronts for a modern and updated look. Four and six berth doors are also available to accommodate glass inserts. In some cases, specialty glass, such as stained glass, can be reused on new doors. Cabinet boxes generally stay in place, which is environmentally friendly and preserves existing countertops. Home and business owners often have expensive granite countertops or hard surfaces that they want to preserve. However, preserving existing countertops is often not an option when installing new replacement cabinets.
During the cabinet lining process, a matching genuine wood veneer is applied to the outer frames of the cabinet. Veneer is very expensive and has been used in the production of fine wood furniture and musical instruments for hundreds of years and will last for many years. To ensure proper adhesion of the veneer, the cabinet frames are thoroughly cleaned and abraded and commercial water-based adhesive is applied to both surfaces, the veneer and the cabinet frames. Ask your aftermarket contractor to use an environmentally friendly, low-VOC water-based adhesive to reduce the odor and fire hazards associated with solvent-based adhesives. As a final step in the siding process, the edges of the interior three-quarter-inch cabinet frame are painted with coordinated commercial paint to seal the edges of the paneling and provide a professional appearance; make sure your siding contractor includes this important step.
Since cabinet frames are the least attractive part of cabinets, when repairing it is important to use completely overlapping doors and drawer fronts. The overlap affects the amount of cabinet frame that remains visible after installing the new doors and drawer fronts. Full overlap means that there is very little cabinet frame around each door and drawer front (one-quarter to three-eighths of an inch compared to two inches with standard overlap doors and drawer fronts), creating a modern look and seamless for upgraded cabinets. Additionally, the exposed end panels, including the oversized refrigerator, island and peninsula panels, are covered with matching quarter-inch flat wood paneling or three-quarter-inch solid wood full-overlap decorative panels for a high-end custom look.
Most of the features available in new cabinets are also available in the cabinet skin. Concealed soft-close hinges, replacement drawer boxes and drop-down trays with full-extension soft-close glides, pivoting lazy susans in blind corners, and full-extension soft-close trash can units are just a few of the many features available in the lining of cabinets. To further customize the renovation project, solid wood trim, including top crown molding, light valance (bottom crown molding), corbels, table legs, and bead board can be added to the renovation project. Below are many of the standard features included in cabinet siding projects:
1) Full overlap, solid wood doors and drawer fronts (avoid vinyl and thermofoil doors and drawer fronts, which are less expensive and standard, if possible)
2) Concealed soft-close door hinges
3) Matching real wood veneer for closet frames
4) Quarter inch wood end panels and matching skid plates
5) Matching solid wood trim including decorative base trim for exposed bottom panels
6) New cabinet hardware (knobs, handles and pulls)
7) Commercial silicone bumpers to protect new doors and drawer fronts.
8) Removal of old doors, drawer fronts and trim
As a bonus, some US cabinet manufacturers also offer replacement doors, drawer fronts, and trim in addition to new cabinets, allowing home and business owners to add new cabinets to their renovation project. A new utility or pantry unit, a new pull-out trash unit, a new drawer unit, or even all new 42-inch top wall cabinets can easily be added to your renovation project. New cabinets are typically installed during the five-day renovation process. Best of all, your friends will think you spent thousands more than you did!