Cabinet Refacing

A great, cost effective way to give your cabinets a facelift!

Nobody can dispute the notion that a home without a kitchen is not a home at all. Not only has it been a source of food throughout the ages, the kitchen has also served as a gathering place and veritable den of family comfort.

Therefore, it is an imperative that the kitchen meets the homeowner’s functional needs and a full out renovation is sometimes required for it to reach certain standards that are both practical and aesthetic.

There are times, though, when the kitchen meets the operational needs and a facelift is all that’s needed.

The proverbial new coat of paint can fill the bill; especially when it is expertly applied to a degree where it transforms existing kitchen cabinets into dazzling new ones.  Desired results can be met at both a fraction of the time it takes to perform a full renovation, and at a fraction of the cost.

This is a service provided by Kitchen Revival of Guelph. It is a technology unto itself and is far more than a simple paint job. It entails a professional application of six to eight coats of odorless epoxy paint and a meticulous sanding process between coats.

Delby Saulnier started the company over a decade ago and has since turned it over to the capable hands of Phil Collier.  “The whole premise is to make it look like a new kitchen,” explains Delby. “We can clean up the cabinetry, respray it and make it look new again.” As for client convenience, he points out that the clients “don’t even need to empty their cabinets.”

The cost benefits are evident, with the Kitchen Revival process often costing around a fifth of what would be paid for a full renovation. As well, clients still have access to the kitchen during the process, which usually takes about two to three weeks.

Lori, a recent Kitchen Revival client, had a kitchen that she felt was “tired looking. It had an old oak finish and needed to be brightened up”.

She and her husband considered a full renovation, but decided it was not within their budget. As well, being a busy professional couple, it would have been a hassle to have a full renovation and be without the use of their kitchen for up to two months.

Not only did Kitchen Revival revitalize Lori’s kitchen with a bright, off-white finish, they also refashioned the lower cabinets to provide much better access to pots and pans. The whole process cost the couple approximately $4,000.

When asked about recommending the Kitchen Revival process to others, Lori says people should consider if the functional aspects of their kitchens – such as floor space and storage capacity – are adequate.

Lori and her husband determined their current kitchen was, indeed, functional in that regard and she says they are “very happy with the work that was done in our kitchen. The level of workmanship and professionalism from Delby and Phil was excellent. “They even took the time to help me with some advice on another project unrelated to the kitchen.” Overall, they are more than pleased with going the route they did.  Future changes would likely include updating the appliances and/or redoing the floor.

When undergoing a project, Delby says the cabinets receive four to six coats of a non-volatile, water based and flexible epoxy.  He prefers this material over more traditional lacquers because the latter tends to be more brittle. “One of the big benefits of the epoxy is that you can do simple touch-ups with it,” says Delby, “unlike the traditional lacquers that don’t allow for touch-ups very well. Epoxy is user friendly. Touch it up and it looks perfect.”

Delby points out additional benefits of the Kitchen Revival system.  For example, he says the company often does jobs in homes that are around 40 years old, or older. Much of the kitchen cabinetry is solid wood and is often of better quality than the building materials being used in most of today’s prefabricated cabinets. The older cabinetry can be restored and not removed.

Delby points out another important benefit which may not be readily apparent. It involves the environment.  Discarded materials from renovations takes up a chunk of space in landfills, and renovations with the largest amount of trash tend to involve bathrooms and kitchens. With the Kitchen Revival process, cabinets stay home and don’t take up residence in the landfill. “One of the side benefits of our process is that it is relatively earth conscious,” says Delby.

In conclusion, there will be numerous instances where a full kitchen renovation is needed. Yet, if one is looking for a new look to a room that is still in relatively good shape, Kitchen Revival offers a cost-efficient alternative.


Written by: Dan Pelton
Photography: Cory Bruyea
Resources: Kitchen Revival, Guelph

Author: Living Spaces

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