An In-Depth Look at Cabinet Refacing
That’s because you need to pay for:
- Tearing down and disposal of the old cabinets
- Materials required to build the new cabinets
- Construction and installation once the new cabinets have been built
- Labour costs associated with cabinetry
Of course, that doesn’t account for the hassle and inconvenience of not having your kitchen or bathroom available for an extended period of time.
That’s why for your cabinets, cabinet refacing is a better option to consider.
What is cabinet refacing, exactly?
Think of cabinet refacing as a facelift for your cabinets.
It involves removal of the cabinets’ outer components, such as:
That leaves the cabinet boxes in place.
It’s more affordable to keep the cabinet boxes (the biggest and heaviest components) where they are and simply change elements which can be easily removed.
Plus, with kitchen cabinet refacing, you still have the option of going custom with things like the doors and crown mouldings.
The six steps behind cabinet refacing
- Step 1: Removing doors, drawer fronts and hinges
- Step 2: Preparing the cabinet surfaces for their new coverings
- Step 3: Applying paint or veneer to the exterior surfaces
- Step 4: Trimming the coverings to ensure a perfect fit
- Step 5: Installing new doors, drawer fronts and handles
- Step 6: Adding other custom fixtures or decorative accessories
The result? Beautiful new cabinets with more money where it belongs; in your pocket.
Why and when should you choose to reface your cabinets?
Why it makes sense…
- If your current cabinets look worn down or out-of-style
- You plan on selling your home in the near future (after all, improving the kitchen or bathroom is a great way to add value and interest in your home)
- You want to update your kitchen, but are happy with certain elements (like the countertops or the mosaic backsplash tiles)
When it makes sense…
- You’re working with a smaller budget and aren’t able to totally remove, rebuild and replace your kitchen cabinets
- The layout of your kitchen or bathroom isn’t very flexible (meaning there aren’t that many extra options in terms of where the cabinets can go)
- The cabinet boxes are in good shape (they’re solid, not chipped or cracked, etc.) and you just want to spruce up the look and feel of your kitchen
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When it isn’t such a good idea
In some instances, refacing may not be the preferred or ideal option.
If your cabinets are in rough shape, it’ll take more effort to reface them – sometimes to the point where it makes more sense to replace them altogether.
And if you want to change the layout of your kitchen, it doesn’t make sense to reface your cabinets (since they’ll need to be torn down anyway).
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