Should I Do Countertops Before Refinishing Cabinets?

In our experience, there has never been an issue with refinishing cabinets before or after new countertops are installed. The right countertop professional will be able to take their measurements, cut the stone, unglue the old countertop, and slide the new one perfectly in its place. This makes refinishing cabinets perfectly flexible especially when countertop vendors are booked out weeks in advance. 

The only exception to this rule would be if there was any demolishing or expanding of sections in the kitchen that interrupts the cabinets. For example, if a kitchen sink was being replaced with a large farmhouse sink that dips into the cabinetry, we would then need to wait until those renovations are complete before we refinish. The countertop specialist is likely going to saw off a small section of the lower cabinets to make room for the new sink. 

How do you prep a countertop for a cabinet refinish?

Preparation for refinishing is very easy and Resurrect Wood Refinishing provides clients with a checklist to assist them in case anything is forgotten. All items on countertops need to be removed. Everything can stay within the cabinets for the most part, we just require about 2” of space to tape paper inside the face frame. We cover all the floors, countertops, appliances, and adjacent walls with paper and plastic, so a customer does not have to worry about overspray. It is very easy to prepare countertops before a cabinet refinishing project. 

What should I pick first in kitchen remodel?

The only item in a kitchen remodel that may need to go first is the floors. If the floor is being ripped out and replaced, that must be taken care of before anything else. The demolition process can damage the bottom trim and toe kicks of the cabinets as well as the surrounding drywall. However even in this case we can always come out and touch up anything that may have been affected. We remain as flexible as possible, since we are often the only contractors who stick with a set schedule. We will make it work!

There is a rise in vinyl floor planks that cover the existing layout. If you are considering this option, then the remodeling process can be done in any order, as the new flooring will not affect the surrounding surfaces.

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

Replacing cabinets with new is the most expensive part of any kitchen remodel. A standard 10 x 10 kitchen can be about $8,000-$12,000 for a basic plan with MDF cabinetry. Refinishing cabinets can cut this cost to a ⅓, turning what would have been the most expensive add-on to one of the cheapest. Refinishing not only preserves what is already there, and cuts labor costs down to 3-4 business days, but also minimizes unforeseen costs such as rewiring electrical, structural issues, drywall damage, or other plumbing issues one could discover in the middle of a total cabinet replacement project. 

Resurrect Wood Refinishing has designed its process to work within the home while it’s occupied. We hire skilled tradesmen only, they are all background checked, drug tested, and fully licensed and insured. We never hire any additional sub-contractors, helping us to keep our customer service quality at its highest. We strive to make your experience with our company the easiest,  most affordable and best part of your kitchen remodel project.