Replacing is the most expensive option and means you are tearing out all the original or old cabinet doors and boxes and replacing with brand new cabinet doors and boxes, often done to change the layout of a kitchen. Refaced means replacing cabinet door and drawer fronts and veneering the exterior of the cabinet boxes. Your kitchen layout stays the same and the existing cabinet boxes remain in place. Refinish means you are refinishing by staining or painting over what is currently existing without replacing doors or boxes. Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a simple and inexpensive way to create a whole new look to transforms your kitchen without a messy renovation.