From Marielle Collins on March 19, 2014 in Kitchen Remodel
A kitchen, in many homes, is the central place that brings everyone together to cook, eat and enjoy life. Whether the heart of your house is in need of a facelift or just ready to be reinvented - cabinet refacing offers a quick and affordable way to transform your kitchen. From dependable to dramatic, comfortable to chic, outdated to brand new, you can enjoy a new style for half the cost of a full remodel. Cabinet refacing gives your kitchen an entire new look in just 2-4 days with many great benefits. Here are 4 benefits that you get if you decide to reface cabinets.
1 - Easy & Affordable
The process involves replacing cabinet doors and drawer fronts and then veneering the original cabinet boxes with either wood veneer or RTF to match. This allows you to keep your existing cabinet boxes and reduce both the cost and time the project will take. Cabinet doors are installed over your existing cabinet frames and you maintain both the existing layout of your kitchen and its foundation, eliminating frustrating months without a kitchen. Cabinet refacing costs on average about half as much as a full remodel, so choosing this option saves money while still achieving dramatic results.
2 - Brand New Look
With cabinet refacing the cabinet doors will be replaced so you can pick from hundreds of cabinetry styles including rustic, classic or modern for your kitchen. Choose your own colors and style and opt for custom made wood or thermofoil doors. Real wood veneers such as maple, birch or hickory can make your kitchen more upscale, warm and inviting. Add new knobs and other decorative accents to complete the look. In addition, your contractor can install other updates such as new counter tops and appliances.
3 - Eco-Friendly Option
Older kitchens often have high quality original workmanship that can be preserved with cabinet refacing. In this way, refacing offers an eco-friendly way to remodel as you recycle and reuse parts of the old kitchen while still getting a new look for your space. If your cabinets are still in good condition you do not need to replace them completely. Opt for a kitchen facelift instead of a full scale remodel to keep unnecessary waste out of landfills.
4 - High Return on Investment
One of the important factors homeowners evaluate when deciding whether or not to invest in a home improvement project is whether the estimated value added to the home makes it worth the money. Cabinet refacing offers a better cost-benefit and return on investment than other larger scale projects and the cost of the update can be recouped easily in resale value.
To Reface my Cabinets or Not to Replace my Cabinets, that is the Question
Cabinet refacing is a great option if you are happy with your current kitchen layout and are looking to update the look of your home and add value. It is important to make sure your cabinets are structurally sound, however, in order for the refacing to be successful. If you have damage to your cabinet frames, or want to change more of the overall layout of your kitchen, a full scale remodel may be the better alternative.