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Five Signs that Your Kitchen Cabinets Need to be Refinished

Your cabinets have served you well, but it may be time to give them a makeover.

Everything wears down and gets old.


The good news is that sometimes that which is old can be new again, like your kitchen cabinets! Just because they were the cabinets that you had in your home when you repurchased it in 1999, doesn’t mean they have to be replaced.


If your cabinets are quality made and don’t need repairs, all you may have to do is just get them refinished. The big question is: How do I know my kitchen cabinets need to be refinished? Here are the five, telltale signs that you need to get your kitchen cabinets refinished, and soon!


  1. The cabinet doors are not functioning correctly. Daily use of your kitchen cabinets may result in your cabinet doors getting stuck. The doors may hit each other when you open them. Repainting the cabinets will not eliminate that. They need to be refinished.

  2. The kitchen cabinets look outdated. If they are the original cabinets when you purchased the home, they will reflect that era, of course. So, your oak cabinets are in good shape, but they are looking every bit of 1995. This impacts the entire look of your cooking space. You may want to consider refinishing your kitchen cabinets. No need to buy new cabinets. Instead, you can save money and still upgrade their style and appearance. Your kitchen can have a unique, modern appearance.

  3. Your kitchen cabinets are unsightly and dirty. Daily usage of your cabinets, especially if you have small children in the home, will make your kitchen cabinets dirty. That affects the look of your kitchen. You may even be embarrassed to have visitors in your home because of your cabinets. We get that. We have seen many, many kitchen cabinets that were caked with dirt. They looked terrible until we refinished them, and they truly looked brand new.

  4. The paint has faded. The sun, usage, and old age will fade your kitchen cabinet paint. Faded paint and dull, ugly surfaces will make kitchen cabinets look unattractive and unfashionable. This is a shiny, red flag that your cabinets need refinishing.

  5. The present kitchen layout meets your preferences. You are happy with the size and layout of your kitchen, but you still think it needs an update. Refinishing kitchen cabinets is an economical and common-sense decision. There is no need to get new cabinets, which can be twice or three times the cost of refinishing.


Do your cabinets sound like any of the above? If so, now is the time to get them refinished. They can be ready before you entertain family and guests for the holidays. It is a gift that will last for many years to come.


If you are considering cabinet refinishing, contact A&T Cabinet Refinishing and Interior/Exterior Painting at (434) 989-7217 for a free consultation. We use an artisan Italian wood coating, Milesi 2K, which revitalizes your kitchen cabinets. It adds value to your home and looks great. It's also scratch-resistant and has a 5-year warranty.


We serve Central Virginia, Charlottesville, Richmond, Albemarle, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Nelson, Harrisonburg, and points in between.


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