Frequently Asked Questions about Wood Refinishing and Refacing

25 years of finishing and wood-working experience under one roof.

Q. What is the difference between refinishing and refacing?

A. Cabinet Refinishing: This is the process of changing the colour of the cabinets by painting.

Cabinet Refacing: Refacing is when we take the doors on the cabinets and replace them for something new, modern and stylish.

Q. What are the benefits of refacing?

A. Refacing gives you the chance to give your kitchen a whole new look by replacing the cabinet doors.

  • Make your kitchen look brand new
  • Improve the selling price of your home
  • Re-veneering your cabinet boxes eliminates existing kitchen mildew and mold.

Q. What are the benefits of refinishing?

A. Cabinet Refinishing costs less than refacing and can achieve that new kitchen look by using the old doors and repainting/staining them.  Sometimes when you buy a new house (particularily in the older parts of Hamilton and Burlington), the kitchen cabinets are dreadfully out of style.  You might not have it in your budget (because you just moved) to do a complete overhaul of your cabinets.  However, refinishing them can easily make anceint cabinets from the '60s look new again.

Q. Do you spray on site?

A. No, we do all the work in our state of the art shop that is well ventilated. We use industrial paints that require special facilities to be sprayed. We make sure that all of our products are environmentally friendly.

Q. What is the cost of refacing?

A. As long as the cabinets are in good shape and aren't overly damaged by mold, mildew, or excessive water damage, refacing will cost anywhere from 20 – 40% less than a brand-new kitchen

Q. What is the cost of refinishing?

A. Refinishing costs about 20-50% less than a brand new kitchen.

Q. How long does it take?

A. From start to finish most wood refinishing jobs take about three weeks time.

Q. How does the process work from start to finish?

A. If it is a refinishing job, we remove the cabinet doors and bring them back to our shop. We then refinish the doors.

If it is a refacing we will only take measurements and we build the custom doors in our shop. We then return and install the new doors with a few hours.

With all cabinetry jobs, we listen to your requests assist you in visualizing your dream kitchen based on your kitchen space and budget.  We can colour match any new work done with any existing cabinetry.

Q. How much work is done in house?

A. We do our work with minimal interruption to your home. Usually we can have all the in house work done in one day.  We will agree upon a day when we come over beforehand so you are not surprised.

Q. Is there a guarantee?

A. YES! We offer up to 2 years warranty on finishes. And 5 for manufacturers defects.

Q. When is it better to completely rebuild opposed to refinishing?

A.Rebuild your cabinets when:

  • The cabinets and existing kitchen show symptoms of abuse, wear, and water damage.
  • Your cabinets are too old and damaged to place a fresh coat of paint on them.
  • You dreamed of having a new kitchen layout, or your current layout is poorly thought out.
  • You need more storage space in your kitchen.

Q. How long does it take to build custom cabinets?

A. Construction of the cabinets takes about a week. The most time consuming process is the building of the doors. We could install the new cabinets in 1 day.  If we are also installing counter top, it will take approximately 2 days.

Q. Does Trends Wood Finishing only deal with kitchen cabinets?

A. We can refinish or custom build any type of cabinet you want. One popular cabinet we handle are entertainment units. There are a lot of people who want cabinets to properly store their blu-ray players, Xboxes or Playstations neatly, along with their stereo recievers. Our cabinets can hold televisions on top, while the bottom can be used for storage. We also build bathroom cabinets that can hold towels and toiletries.  Not only do we custom build cabinets, we install them in your kitchen, bathroom or living room, meaning they will look their best.

Q. Which Areas does Trends Wood Finishing Service?

A. Trends Wood Finishing Services Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, and other areas within the GTA (Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, and York) for all your wood finishing and cabinet making needs.  If you live close to these areas, we will be more than happy to assist you with your cabinet refinishing needs, or design a cabinet for you.  Our Kitchen cabinets for Mississauga and other areas in terms of refinishing and refacing has save hundreds of people thousands of dollars without sacrificing quality.

Q. I saw some cabinets on Kijiji for sale in Oakville.  Would you be able to refinish them for me and install them?

A. Yes, we could refnish them or resuface those cabinets for you.  As for instalation, it really depends on the cabinets and the dimensions of your kitchen.  We would need to see the cabinets first and measure your kitchen for an accurate answer.  The cabinets you are purchasing may also have considerable damage to them from water or mould.  Speak to us first to see if it is a better option for us to custom build cabinets for you, so you have the kitchen you always desired.

Q. What is MDF?

A.  MDF stands for Medium Density Fiberboard. Typically you have the option of MDF cabinet doors versus Solid Wood Kitchen cabinet doors.  There are pros and cons to both, but overall MDF doors are less expensive then wood.  Some people pick MDF because it is less expensive, but also because it is resilient to buckling and swelling with changes in humidity and heat.  This makes MDF boards ideal for cabinetry in high humidity rooms, such as bathrooms.  Another advantage of MDF materials is that sometimes real wood is not available, meanwhile MDF is typically available in many shapes, sizes and styles, so you'll never have to wait.

Q. What types of Natural Wood do you build cabinets out of?

Trends Wood Finishing can build wood cabinets out of any type of wood to add a unique colour and grain to your kitchen.  Maple, Oak and Birch are probably the most popular types of wood that we use.

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