Many people love the look of authentic wood cabinetry, but don’t have the budget for it. Wood veneer is a cost-efficient alternative that can be placed over your existing cabinetry for just the look you’re going for. Here are ideas to help you decide if wood veneer is the right choice for your kitchen.
One piece of veneer suitable for refacing an average-sized cabinet (24”x 24”) will run you about $15.59 at your local home improvement store. The bigger the cabinet, the higher the price, but the total will still be much cheaper than buying entirely new cabinets.
While more durable than laminates or thermofoil, wood veneers won’t be quite as durable as actual wood cabinets. They tend to lift and crack after a certain period of time but can be repaired when this happens.
It’s important to note that often times, wood veneer will expand when it gets wet and can’t return to its original size and shape once it’s dry. Therefore, only use a slightly damp sponge or rag while cleaning.
Yes, as long as it is veneer and not laminate, it can be sanded down and stained. Be aware, however, that it can only be stained to a darker color.
Yes, depending on the damage, that is. If your veneer is slightly lifting, then it can be easy to apply a small amount of wood glue. For more extensive damage, consult a professional.
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