November 2012

American Wood Reface: Why Replace when you can Reface?

Author: Frank Dunne, Jr.

It’s time for a new kitchen. It’s no longer functional. Maybe you’re trying to sell your home, or maybe you’re just tired of the old worn out cabinets and fixtures and you’re ready for a brand new look. But then you’re reminded of the time when your neighbor went through a kitchen remodeling ordeal a few years back. What a bloody mess that was, tearing out the entire existing kitchen—and the weeks and weeks of inconvenience and take-out meals. Remember how stressed out they were? And then depressed when they got the bill?

Now you’re wondering if it’s going to be worth it. Does anybody have a better solution? A more affordable option that won’t put you out for weeks on end yet results in a completely new kitchen that rivals the quality of custom wood cabinetry? Before you back out of the whole idea check out a company called American Wood Reface.

A typical full tear-out kitchen remodeling job is an expensive proposition and can disrupt your life for as long as four to eight weeks. But American Wood Reface has a better idea. Instead of tearing out and replacing the entire kitchen, they’ll reface the cabinets, upgrading your kitchen to a new level of beauty and quality, in one to three days and for about half the cost of custom cabinets.

But, you’re thinking, doesn’t reface mean that they just laminate or install a thin veneer over my existing cabinets? You could go that route, but you’d have to call somebody else. American Wood Reface uses only quarter-inch solid wood facing and new Amish-crafted solid wood doors, durable multi-step finishes and attractive, high quality hardware, resulting in fit and finish and quality on par with custom built cabinetry. And they’ll take the term “reface” to another level depending on your needs. Adding features and accessories like lazy Susans, roll-out trays, or wine racks, reconfiguring to make space for new appliances, even adjusting countertop height can all be part of the plan to improve your kitchen’s functionality.

Additionally, replacement countertops are growing in popularity, and American Wood Reface has performed this service for years as an option in refacing projects. Now it is available as a stand-alone, separate service as well. Specializing in Cambria and Silestone quartz and SenSa granite, American Wood Reface simplifies the process by bringing material samples to your home. No more traveling from store to store looking at samples and trying to imagine how they’ll look in your kitchen.

It boils down to having your “dream kitchen” and increasing the resale value of your home without the inconvenience, headaches and excessive cost of a high-end total tear-out remodel. It’s all in the American Wood Reface process.

Here’s how it works. First, American Wood Reface’s kitchen design specialists consult with you in your home so you can see the styles and colors in the right lighting and in context with existing color schemes and décor. Once you’ve chosen from over 400 combinations of woods, styles and finishes, hardware and other options, it’s back to the shop where expert craftsmen create all the components to your specifications.

Then the job begins with the removal of old cabinet doors and drawer fronts (and moldings and countertops if required). Next, cabinet faces are covered with quarter-inch solid hardwood, followed by the installation of new hand-selected, solid hardwood doors and matching drawer fronts.

Once your cabinets have been refaced and upgraded to beautiful new standards, it’s time for additional optional work such as new countertops, sinks, faucets, and finishes like cove or crown moldings, door and window casings, sills, and wainscoting or baseboard.

The work, performed by carpenters who average 25 years of experience in cabinetmaking and finish carpentry, is usually completed within a week. By the way, they clean up after themselves each day on the job, so your home remains livable for the project’s duration; and when all is said and done, they’ll haul away any leftover debris.

American Wood Reface maintains a high level of quality control over its products. The hand-sanded, hand-stained, multi-step finishes are expertly applied at the company’s own professional finishing shop. Your new refaced cabinets will resist stains, heat and moisture for years with no risk of the peeling or delaminating common with other reface processes. Specialization is another key to the high quality of their work.

American Wood Reface is not a general contractor. Refacing and related kitchen upgrades is all they do, as opposed to other “jack-of-all-trades” contractors who may work on other home improvement projects, never becoming a true expert in one area. Also, because they do refacings exclusively, you’ll never have to be concerned that anybody will try to upsell you into purchasing entirely new cabinetry when refacing is the right choice. And all work is backed by a lifetime warranty.

A family-owned company in business since 1979, American Wood Reface is widely recognized for high quality and excellent customer service. A long list of accolades and awards earned over the years, including three consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, two Better Business Bureau Gold Stars, and two regional National Association of the Remodeling Industry “Contractor of the Year” awards, prove it, as
do their many satisfied customers like Bill and Suzie Hilborn.

When the Hilborns wanted to upgrade the kitchen in their Sun City villa last summer, they decided that refacing would be a more economical choice than a complete tear-out, and discovered that American Wood Reface offered superior value compared to “big box” home stores. “They were very efficient and completed the job over a two-and-a-half-day period,” Mr. Hilborn said. “These guys know what they’re doing.”

In fact, the Hilborns were confident enough to go out of town for a day while the job was in progress and were impressed with what they saw upon returning. “We really like the wood’s appearance, and it does look like we got all new cabinets.”
Find out for yourself. Pay a visit to the American Wood Reface showroom in Bluffton, or better yet, call for a free, no obligation in-home consultation.

The American Wood Reface showroom is located at 40 Pennington Dr., Suite C, Bluffton. Call (843) 815-6700 to schedule a free, in-home consultation. Or visit American Wood Reface online at for more information.

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