Discussing Cabinet Refacing Terminology – Part 1

As a homeowner, you may have decided that now is the time to get started in creating high-quality upgrades for your property. These changes can update the style, improve your comfort, and enhance convenience for everyone. When it comes to kitchen renovations, you may find that projects such as cabinet refacing can come with a slew of terms, many of which you may not know. It helps to understand the industry language before you begin your home remodel, and when you are ready to begin, Detail Design & Remodeling is here to help!

Our remodeling contractors specialize in cabinet refacing across Atlanta and the surrounding areas, coupling our industry expertise with the convenience and affordability of this service to provide the best results to each customer we assist. Check out the results of our work to see the beauty for yourself!

Today, we’ll highlight a few of the most commonly used terms when discussing kitchen cabinet refacing. If you’re ready to start your remodel, or you have questions not answered in this post, be sure to contact us today!


This box-shaped structure is the full body of your cabinet system, relying on several different sizes to create differing storage spaces. Your boxes are the backbone of your cabinets, and should be focused on throughout the renovation process to ensure your system is ready to support your kitchenware for years to come.

In addition to the cabinet box, you will hear terms that include:

  • Base cabinets — The bottom row of kitchen cabinets, installed on the floor and typically topped with a beautiful, protective surface. Our home remodeling contractors can help you find the best countertops to complement your refaced cabinets.
  • Upper cabinets — Often referred to as uppers, these cabinets are installed directly onto the wall and reside in the upper quadrant of your kitchen.
  • Face frame — The front surface of your cabinet boxes, these frames provide the base for mounting drawers and doors.
  • Frameless cabinets — Relying on hidden hinges to provide a seamless look, this style is popular for homeowners desiring a sleek, minimalist appearance.
  • End panel — The side of the cabinet that extends to the wall or outside edge of your cabinets.
  • Toe kick — The small amount of space located beneath your base cabinets, toe kicks provide the space to allow you to work in close proximity to your countertops without stubbing your toes.
  • Reveal — This term describes how much of the face frame you can see once the cabinet doors are closed. Your style of cabinets will determine how much face is revealed.

Our cabinet refacing services focus on giving your existing system a facelift, leaving your boxes in place and focusing on replacing the top layer. Detail Design & Remodeling relies on real wood in place of veneers, giving the face of your cabinets a new look without the mess or hassle of replacing the entire system.


Many homeowners are surprised to learn just how in-depth their cabinet drawers and doors can be! There are numerous designs available to help homeowners achieve the kitchen design of their dreams, making it important to understand what the terminology and lingo means. Your refaced cabinet doors and drawers will rely on several components, including:

  • Stile — Pieces that make up the vertical aspects of the outside frame, stiles are necessary for structural stability.
  • Rail — The pieces that run along the top and bottom horizontally, rails are utilized in addition to stiles to create the frame.
  • Center panel — The centerpiece of the door, this panel is surrounded by the frame and makes up a large percentage of the surface area.
  • Edges — While not a major factor for most homeowners, the four exterior edges of your door can be painted, finished, or detailed to add value to your kitchen design.
  • Recessed panel — The center panel may be thinned to create depth, relying on a recessed appearance.
  • Raised panel — Cabinet doors can also feature raised panels, relying on elevated center panels to deliver depth.
  • Drawer fronts — This term is used to describe the part of your drawer that is visible when it is completely closed.
  • Drawer glides — Tired of slamming your drawers? Our cabinet refacing pros can install drawer glides that guide your boxes, providing better extension and stability.

When it comes to home renovations, you’ll find that there are more technical terms than tools in your toolbox. Next time, we’ll continue to discuss the vernacular of kitchen cabinet refacing, as well as the importance of reaching out to trusted professionals for your home remodeling project.

Detail Design & Remodeling is here to serve as your resource for high-quality cabinet refacing across Atlanta and the surrounding areas. For years, our home remodeling contractors have worked to perfect our process, relying on high-quality materials and old world craftsmanship to deliver a high-quality finish that can save you thousands. Contact us online to learn more, and be sure to schedule your in-home consultation!

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