Refacing means the old doors, drawer fronts, and cabinet trim pieces are removed and a new surface material is bonded onto your existing cabinet boxes. The old doors, and drawer fronts are discarded and replaced with new ones. All materials are prefinished offsite in your choice of finish, with a 10 year limited warranty. Refacing is the least disruptive method as compared to refinishing or replacing your cabinets. Our company, Reface Cabinets and Custom Cabinets, specializes in using 1/4" thick solid wood for refacing. We have other products available but the thick solid wood refacing is the premier way to go.
Refinishing involves Painting or Re-Staining your cabinets, re-using your existing doors and drawer fronts. This can be an economical alternative to refacing, but strong solvent odors and dust issues are part of on-site spray finishing. Oak cabinets are problematic because of the grain of the wood. If you are looking to get your cabinets painted or stained a different color and are not willing to replace your doors, you need to call someone else. We quit doing on site painting work many years ago.
Resurfacing is a non specific term in this sense, because it could mean either Refacing or Refinishing. Generally when people call to inquire about resurfacing, they really want to repaint their cabinets.