Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: corvallis, Oregon
Covering your face frames with veneer is possible. People do it all the time. Most places that offer inexpensive re-facing of cabinets use this method. You can get pre-finished, stick-on veneer also, in full sheets, or you can order all the pieces you need cut to the sizes you specify. I have seen that offered somewhere. I would not recommend using brads to adhere the veneer. Most veneer is too thin for a brad to have much, if any effect other than a lot of unnecessary holes to fill, and by the time you sink the head of the brad, you'd be through the veneer anyway. Got to be glued.
I HAVE re-faced an entire kitchen by replacing the face frames along with doors/drawer faces and, while it is a big job, it was literally half the cost for the homeowners of what it would have taken to build all new cabinets. ($8,000 vs. ~$16,000 for all new) If the face frames are put on with finish nails and glue, they will usually pry off without much problem because the cabinet sides are usually plywood, and the bond, when it's old, just doesn't seem to be that strong. At least, this has been my experience.
Last edited by mmwood_1; 02-24-2010 at 03:16 PM.