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Can I Switch Out the Cabinets Underneath My Granite Countertop?

By: Carrie on May 3, 2017

Here's a common dilemma for our Kitchen Magic clientele: They are happy with their cabinets, the paint color in their kitchen looks great - but it's definitely time to replace the outdated countertops. So, the old countertops are torn out and replaced with a beautiful new granite slab.

But now, after seeing their glistening, new countertops, they notice the cabinets look grungy and need to be replaced. What should they do?!?

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Cabinet Refacing: The Simplest Way to Replace the Cabinets Underneath Your Granite

Don't panic! Instead of experiencing buyer's remorse and cursing over the thousands of dollars you've just spent on a brand new countertop, you have cabinet refacing as an option! You'll get exactly the look you want, for a fraction of the price of new custom cabinets, and you can rest assured your granite slab will remain intact.

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"Can't we just move the granite slab, replace the cabinets, and put the slab back in place?"

You should be VERY wary of moving a granite slab once it's installed; it's a recipe for breakage. Granite slabs are impossible to repair well once they're seriously cracked, chipped or damaged. Separating them from the cabinet frames is a delicate—and sometimes impossible—job that places granite at risk. Also, odds are that removing your granite will void your manufacturer's warranty and that is a big no-no in case you need it down the road.

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Will refaced cabinets really look like brand new custom cabinet replacements?

Yes, they will. Cabinet refacing is an amazing process that saves landfills, reduces your budget by upwards of 50% and leaves your kitchen looking like it was completely remodeled. Don't believe us? Take a look at these 8 Amazing Kitchen Transformations, all of which used cabinet refacing solutions.

Here are some of the benefits of cabinet refacing - the only cabinet "replacement" option that is guaranteed to preserve your granite slab intact!

  1. Your existing cabinets will be reinforced. There are very few occasions when cabinet refacing isn't a possibility, and only occur when your cabinet frames have been water damaged or structurally injured beyond repair. In all other instances, our crew will use a proprietary cabinet frame reinforcement process, which will bulk up your existing cabinet frames if needed. This will leave your "new" cabinets as strong - or stronger - as fully custom cabinet options.
  2. You can have any look you want. There isn't a single style or aesthetic that cabinet refacing can't give you. We work with beautiful hardwood cabinets, eco-friendly bamboo options, practically indestructible laminate cabinet doors and we now offer cabinet door options that look just like metal so you can add modern metallic accents without the maintenance concerns that come along with stainless steel (finger prints, dings, dents and smudges). Door styles range from ultra-traditional to über-modern, to complement any design style.
  3. It's a sustainable kitchen renovation option. Cabinet refacing is markedly more sustainable (aka: eco-friendly) than full cabinet replacement options. With the latter option, we have to rip out every single component of your old cabinets - much of which functions just fine - in order to install brand new materials. What a waste - and what an unnecessary contribution to the landfill. With cabinet refacing, the majority of the cabinet frame and structural components are re-purposed, and the only thing we need to "replace" are the doors and finishes.

Best of all, you can do all of the above without leaving the comfort of your home (soon to be even better once you update those old cabinets!). The crew here at Kitchen Magic is happy to come out and provide a FREE in-home consultation and estimate for your new cabinets. Give us a call and we'll do the rest.

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