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4 Common Kitchen Remodel Questions

January 3rd, 2024 | 2 min read

By Mara Colleli

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, many questions come up. From the budget to the timeline to the design, figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. Our customers ask common questions: Do we remove the countertops to reface the cabinets? Should we paint behind the kitchen cabinets? Should we install new flooring before our project starts? This article will explore these questions and more to help you make informed decisions about your kitchen renovation project.

  1. Do you need to remove countertops to reface kitchen cabinets?

Our refacing process is a simple way to give a facelift to your kitchen. Refacing kitchen cabinets is a great way to utilize your current cabinets if the structural integrity is still in good shape. Our refacing process works by removing the doors and drawers of your current cabinets and installing a quarter-inch facing of our premium Amish hardwood cabinet fronts. After we install the new cabinet facing, we install brand new cabinet doors and soft-close cabinet drawers. The cabinet fronts, doors, and drawers are all Amish-made in the color and style of your choosing.

What do you do if you want to keep your countertops and only reface your cabinets? The short answer is nothing. Our refacing process is so simple that we do not touch your countertops unless you ask us to. Your countertops will remain intact because we do not demo the kitchen cabinet. On the other hand, if you want to replace your kitchen countertops, then we would remove your countertops before we start our refacing process.

Before and After | Refacing Process

  1. Should we paint behind the kitchen cabinets?

This question is often asked, and we always leave it up to personal preference. While painting behind your kitchen cabinets is not necessary, it can be a good idea if you want to give your kitchen a complete makeover. If you are planning to replace your cabinets, then it’s not necessary to paint behind them. However, if you keep your existing cabinets, painting behind them can give your kitchen a new look. It’s important to note that this will require extra work and time, as you must move the cabinets to paint behind them. Ultimately, deciding to paint behind your kitchen cabinets is up to you and your preferences.

  1. Should I wait to paint my kitchen after my remodel?

We recommend that painting be one of the last steps in a kitchen remodel. Painting should be done after all structural or functional work is complete and before installing new flooring. Painting too early can cause damage to the freshly painted walls when installing new cabinets or countertops. Many times, when installing new cabinets, wall patching and repairs occur. Waiting until after the cabinets are installed to paint will ensure a clean finish to complete your new kitchen.

  1. Should we install new flooring before our project starts or wait?

We recommend installing new flooring after your kitchen remodel, as it can be difficult to protect the flooring during renovation, and you use less materials since you will not install flooring under the cabinets or appliances. Installing flooring under kitchen cabinets could cause wood to buckle when it tries to expand, damaging your flooring and subflooring. Wood floors need breathing room because they contract and expand as the temperatures change and moisture increases or decreases. If the floor is tightly beneath the cabinets, it could result in buckling and subsequent damage.


When remodeling your kitchen, it is important to consider all questions and considerations. Finding a contractor who can answer all your questions and give you suggestions and advice during your kitchen remodel is essential. By considering these factors and seeking the help of a professional if needed, homeowners can create a functional and beautiful kitchen that meets their needs and preferences.