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Before and After: A Refaced Kitchen

Many of our clients are interested in giving their kitchens a whole new look, but aren’t ready for a gut remodel. As long as the layout works and the cabinet boxes haven’t been damaged, we can accomplish this with a refacing. With regard to cabinets, refacing means replacing cabinet doors and drawers, and usually hardware. But it can also apply to the entire room. Many of our clients are looking to also replace their countertops, backsplash, lighting and appliances. A refaced kitchen can also include new faucets, a new sink, new lighting and paint.


Our Buckhead clients were looking for a fresh kitchen without having to go down to the studs. Because they had a functional layout that worked for them, didn’t need to expand the kitchen’s footprint and their cabinets were in good shape, we were able to reface it. What follows are a look at how we gave it a whole new look.

Nitty-gritty detail: This photo shows what NOT to do when you have glass cabinet doors — note how the shelves do not line up with the panes in the glass. Go for doors without panes unless the heights you need inside will line up.

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“These clients already had really great taste,” says Innovative Design-Build founder Clark Harris. They worked with our in-house interior designer Lauren Hoke on finish selections. The homeowners opted to keep their existing wood island, which we outfitted with a new  countertop.

Other items that remained is their amazing painting on the wall on the right by Georgia artist Cornbread, and some favorite brass swan planters. Lauren helped them play off the beloved swans with brass finishes on the hardware and lighting.

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Another item that stayed is the large wooden ruler on the side of the fridge surround. If you’ve been tracking your kids’ heights somewhere in the house, we’ll do our best to save it for you.

Our clients already had beautiful hardwood floors which we were able to preserve. And they had a high-end range that they opted to keep. To go with the fresh new style of the kitchen, we custom-made a wood vent hood surround that matches the millwork and cabinetry.


The range wall, with its stainless steel vent hood, had an industrial look that overpowered the overall feel of the kitchen.

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White countertops, brushed brass hardware and a gorgeous new blue backsplash completely changed up the look of the kitchen. We kept the original cabinet boxes and simply added new drawer and door-fronts with a Shaker style. So refacing cost our clients about half as much as a full gut remodel. A custom vent hood can be a game changer in a refaced kitchen.


Our clients were already onto the benefits of a panel-front fridge. Sometimes a fridge can feel like a big metal behemoth that can overwhelm a room. Panel-front fridges help them blend right into the cabinetry for a seamless look.

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But fridges have come a long way since our clients had selected their existing one. So they opted to replace it with a French door fridge with a freezer drawer. We love the way the new door pulls look on this fridge.

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Here’s a closer look at that fridge, as well as the base of the island on this side. It has room for a microwave, which keeps it out of view.

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To get more kitchen remodeling and storage ideas, check out some of our other recent blog posts:

Six Kitchen Goals for 2021

Kitchen Renovation: 10 Special Cabinet Features To Know

What To Do When You Don’t Have a Pantry

Ready to renovate?

If so, schedule a free consultation to let us know more about your project. We can help you assess if a refaced kitchen is the right solution for you.


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