Jason Hicks' American Wood Reface does fast, high-quality kitchen transformations—for less

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AFTER: American Wood Reface handles much more than refacing cabinets. The team modified this kitchen’s underutilized, space-wasting desk to create in its place a modern beverage center.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there is one option you should seriously consider: refacing. The industry has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past 20 years, led, in part, by innovative entrepreneurs like Jason Hicks of Northeast Ohio’s American Wood Reface.

“Homeowners are really starting to grasp the benefits of refacing,” Jason says. “We offer total kitchen transformations for as little as half the cost of a full tear-out, and we complete most projects in 7-8 days instead of 7-8 weeks. You end up with better quality cabinets and a gorgeous kitchen with all of the modern amenities, but without going over your budget.”


Refacing is an especially good alternative if you are reasonably satisfied with the layout of your kitchen. That said, the professional carpenters at American Wood Reface also extend cabinets to the ceiling, make modifications to fit larger appliances, and add islands and peninsulas.

“The time and money you save can go toward things that are really important,” Jason says, “like appliance upgrades, new countertops, flooring, an undermount sink, and lighting. Under-cabinet lighting is becoming extremely popular. Not only is it beautiful aesthetically, but it eliminates shadows cast on work surfaces by your ceiling lights.”

Converting bottom cabinets to drawer banks has also become hugely popular. “We recommend drawer banks to almost everyone,” Jason says. “The days of stooping down to get to the back of a cabinet are over—and good riddance.”

Jason says it’s a good idea to replace bottom cabinets with drawer banks.

Despite its name, American Wood Reface also installs new countertops (including quartz and granite) and gorgeous tile backsplashes. And unlike many companies that cover the market with “good, better, best” options, Jason offers only one option: the best.

“We’re affordable, yes, but we don’t do ‘cheap.’” Jason explains. “We use only high-quality materials, including new solid-hardwood doors and premium 1/4-inch solid wood facing. Plus, our craftsmen are the finest in the industry.”

AFTER: For this remodeling project, American Wood Reface won a NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Award.

And others agree. The company is being recognized by both the industry and customers. It has won a NARI Contractor of the Year Award five times and has more than 100 Google reviews with a 5-star average. Its excellence is also recognized by popular home contractor review sites.

American Wood Reface brings the showroom to you and doesn’t charge for an in-home consultation and estimate. And they handle everything so you can avoid contacting five different contractors.

Refacing is also an environmentally sound alternative—your existing cabinets do not end up in a landfill and there is no wasted energy manufacturing new ones.


“Our number one goal is to give our clients a high-quality finished project,” Jason says. “But beyond that, we are also driven to make the process fast, affordable and fun. There’s absolutely no reason you cannot have a kitchen you absolutely love.”

American Wood Reface serves all of Northeast Ohio and beyond. For a free, no-obligation estimate, call 1-800-645-4594. For more information or to view featured projects, visit WoodReface.com.