If your kitchen cabinets are showing their age, or you really never liked them in the first place, replacing them might be the best choice. On the other hand, kitchen cabinet replacement is a major project that's not only expensive, it disrupts your daily life for weeks.
For that reason, kitchen cabinet refacing is a really popular option. It takes two or three days, and costs between a third and a half what it would cost to replace the cabinets altogether.
The cost of refacing kitchen cabinets varies greatly depending on the type of materials (paint, thermofoil, veneer panels, etc.) and the size of the kitchen. For a small kitchen with lower-end cabinet materials, refacing could cost anywhere from a few hundred to $3,000. But for a large kitchen with high-end materials, your project could cost as much as $10,000. Get a few price quotes from licensed craftspeople to get a better idea of costs.
The durability of cabinets does not change when they are refaced. So if your cabinets are sturdy and solidly built, then you won’t have anything to worry about. If they are unstable and falling apart, you should probably consider replacing instead of refacing.
Refaced kitchen cabinets generally require the same care and maintenance as the original cabinets themselves. Regularly wipe the cabinets down with a clean, damp cloth. Scrub away tougher stains with a cleaning solution of dishwashing detergent and water. Wipe dry afterwards.
The process, usually done by a team of two craftspeople, starts with removing the existing doors and face frames on the cabinets. After preparing the surfaces on the cabinet's box, the installers put on the new face frames and doors.
They will also finish all exposed surfaces of the old cabinets to match the new doors — side panels, undersides, etc., and put in a new toe kick, as well as any moldings and trims the homeowner has ordered.
Yes. In fact, installers point out that quite often, older cabinets—those built 20 or 30 years ago and earlier—are often excellent candidates for refacing because they're more solidly built and use better materials than even the high-end cabinets of today. For example, the boxes of older cabinets are often made of solid wood, which is all but unheard of today.
If you're satisfied with the layout of the kitchen (because it suits you or because you're planning to sell in the near future) and your existing cabinets are structurally sound, your kitchen is a prime candidate for cabinet refacing—and it's definitely worth your while to seek out the right professional who can deliver exactly what you want.
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