Kitchen Cabinets: Replace or reface?

Dated: 02/21/2019

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Thinking of remodeling your kitchen but don’t have the budget? Maybe money is not the issue. Maybe you just can’t justify spending the money when your cabinets are perfectly functional, but they are just not in style any more.

If you are okay with your current kitchen layout, but you just want to bring your cabinets up-to-date with the current styles, maybe you should consider refacing your cabinets. By refacing your cabinets instead of replacing them, you can literally save thousands of dollars. The money you save could be put toward other things such as new flooring, lighting, appliances, etc.

Here is some additional information about each process.


What It Is Cabinet refacing has three major components: 1, installation of new drawer faces and doors; 2. veneering of the existing cabinet boxes; 3. Paint cabinets drawers, doors and boxes by a professional. In addition, new cabinet fixtures are usually installed. If you have a bad drawer (or several), the company may be able to replace entire drawers. Existing cabinets are removed. Experienced installers set and precisely level your base cabinets, a critical task to ensure that counters remain level enough so that the eggs don't roll. Improperly leveled bases might result in counters cracking years down the road. Wall cabinets are hung. Doors and hardware are installed.
Can You Do It Yourself? Difficult. While there are companies that sell refacing materials and equipment to the general public, cabinet refacing requires techniques and tools that most DIYers do not have. Less difficult than refacing. Cabinet replacement is partially about heavy lifting of wall cabinets, but mostly about precise leveling of base cabinets. Professionals will always do a better job than you, but you can save money by doing it yourself.
Number of Professionals Who Do It A moderate number. Fewer companies reface than replace, though the balance is slowly shifting as more homeowners discover refacing. Franchises such as Kitchen Tune-Up provide refacing services throughout the U.S. Thousands. From home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe's to local kitchen remodel centers to individual contractors who will install for a price, there is no shortage of companies that replace cabinets.
Cost $2,000 to $10,000. Refacing costs about 40% to 80% less than the cost of replacing cabinets in a full kitchen, depending on the size kitchen. $10,000 to $20,000 for contractor-grade, budget cabinets.

When It's Recommended

When the cabinet boxes are in solid shape.
When cost is an issue.
When remodeling, as opposed to building a new house.
When you like your current kitchen layout.

When constructing a new house, bumping out your kitchen, or building a new addition containing a kitchen.
When creating a new kitchen layout.
When cabinet boxes, drawers, or doors are in bad shape.
When doing a whole kitchen remodel.

How Long Does It Take to Complete? 2 to 4 days. 2 to 5 days.
How Eco-Friendly Is It? Extremely. The only items that get trashed are cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Less so than refacing. Often, every bit of the cabinets--from boxes to hardware--gets landfilled. It's possible, though, to donate good cabinets to recycling yards such as Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store.
Tips For Saving Money Provide your own cabinet hardware rather than buying from the refacing company (but have them install the hardware). Interview several companies for price comparison. If you're at all handy, seriously consider RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets. They come flat-packed, and you assemble and install them yourself. Interview several companies for price comparison
Should you decide to take on a kitchen remodel, no matter whether refacing or replacing, make sure to interview several companies and ask for several references so that you can verify that you are selecting a reputable company. Ask to see photos of former customers and ask about the warranty that is provided for both the cabinets and the installation. Check with friends and family for referrals of companies that may have worked with in the past.

Kitchens, hands down, are the heart of every home and investing money in your kitchen is a smart choice, whether it’s for future resale or just enjoyment for your own benefit.

Credit given: The Wallendar & Staged4more

Roberta Torres / Realtor-Owner
Torres Connell Group/ Remerica United Realty
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