I have Merillat cabinets and was going to refinish them, friends and workmen told me oh you should keep those, they are very good quality. First I found out my toe kicks were just plywood with contact paper oak on top, so I bought nice oak veneer for better toe kicks (that is solid oak). I know the fronts are solid oak, but when I went to remove the varnish from the sides, the contact paper literally melted off the plywood and I didn't even have it on 30 minutes. At this point, I might buy new cabinets, but not Merillat. I am constantly replacing things, hinges that went bad, shelf clips, etc., I am NOT impressed Merillat.