Looking to give your kitchen a renovated feel without breaking the bank? Try kitchen cabinet refacing. While the procedure is primarily superficial, the results can be extremely impactful in terms of look and feel. This article will tell you everything that you need to know about kitchen cabinet refacing.

What is kitchen cabinet refacing?

Kitchen cabinet refacing is a popular home improvement process that makes your kitchen cabinets look new without having to replace them. The unique process of updating your kitchen involves covering exposed frames with plastic laminate or real wood veneer. You will also need to replace the drawer fronts and doors of existing cabinets to match the new veneer. You may also want to add new knobs, hinges, molding and pulls for the best effect.

Take a look at our guide on Types Of Molding And Architectural Elements For Kitchen Makeovers

Is kitchen cabinet refacing worth it?

While cabinet refacing is not a kitchen remodeling technique that can help you better a bad kitchen design, there are some attractive pros that come with it.

  • Refacing will cost you half of what replacing cabinets may cost
  • Much less time consuming and cost-effective
  • Simpler and easier process
  • You can continue to use the kitchen while refacing the cabinets
  • Refacing is a green kitchen renovation solution as it doesn’t add to the existing landfill

If you are looking for a quick, cost-effective way to give your kitchen a new look, cabinet refacing is definitely worth it.

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How much does kitchen cabinet refacing cost?

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Cabinet refacing for a 10 feet X 12 feet kitchen ranges between $1000 and $3000 for laminate. For actual wood veneers, you will pay between $2500 and $6000. For higher quality wood, the costs can rise up to $9000. Other new hardware such as knobs, hinges, and pulls come at $2 to $4 per piece. The price can go up to $50 per piece for high-end hardware.

Is it cheaper to reface or replace cabinets?

If you compare the refacing costs with complete replacement costs, you will find the former to be a more cost-effective option. Replacing stock kitchen cabinets cost between $4000 and $5000. For semi-custom cabinets, the costs range between $8000 and $10,000. If you are looking to replace custom-made cabinetry, be ready to shell out between $16,000 and $20,000. Check out our blog on average cost to replace kitchen cabinets.

How long does cabinet refacing last?

If you are looking to reface a cabinet that is made of solid wood, you can expect it to last as long as 20 years. However for inexpensive cabinets that are beginning to swell and are wet, it is better to go for complete replacement. Refacing should be done on cabinets that are in good condition but have lost the new look and feel.

So, what are you waiting for? Check our cost estimator to calculate the cost of the kitchen renovation project you have in mind and get started today!

What You Need to Know About Kitchen Cabinet Refacing was last modified: April 7th, 2020 by Billy Guteng
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