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Wood Veneer Kitchen Cabinets

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.


Wood veneer looks far more natural than laminates or thermofoil.

Easily repairable, they won’t need to be completely replaced if they crack.

Although they generally look more uniform in appearance than actual wood, they can be created to match the inconsistent look of the grains.


Wood veneer won’t look as high-end as actual wood cabinets.

If cost efficiency is the most important factor in your cabinet refacing, then wood veneers will be on the higher end of the spectrum.

Wood veneers can crack and lift off the adhesive after a matter of time.


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.

  1. Use mild dish soap and water for daily maintenance.
  2. For stains and spills, use a non-abrasive cleaner like Murphy’s Oil Soap or homemade products made from baking soda and water.

Common Questions and Answers

Can wood veneer be stained?

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.

Can wood veneer be repaired?

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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