The Cost of Cabinet Refacing


You might be pleasantly surprised by the cost of cabinet refacing.

Kitchen cabinets are an expensive investment, often costing up to a third or more of the renovation budget.

But cabinet refacing offers another option for any homeowner looking for beautiful results at a reduced price.

Below, discover how the cost of cabinet refacing pales in comparison to that of cabinet replacement, and which one better suits your plans.

Before and after kitchen cabinet refacing


Two Main Reasons to Update Your Cabinets

At NuStone Transformations, people update their kitchens for many reasons.

But the two most commonly cited are:

  • To increase the value of the home, and
  • To improve its  overall style

Regardless of the purpose, if you’re considering updating an older kitchen you should first understand all the costs inherent to the project.

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The Cost of Replacement

The first thing you should look at is the proposed cost of replacing your current cabinets.

It always helps to know what all the options are, and if you price out a complete renovation you’ll have a better idea where you need to trim costs.

A typical cabinet replacement will cost roughly one third of your total renovation budget, which also needs to account for things like:

What does that mean in real dollars? That depends on the specifics of your kitchen, the size of the space and the quality of the wood.

There are times when a replacement is necessary.

If your current cabinets are deteriorating or damaged beyond simple repair, it’s ultimately less expensive to replace because of the amount of labour that would be required to properly reface.

Another instance where refacing is not financially advantageous is in bathrooms where replacing a full vanity tends to be fairly affordable.

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The Benefits of Refacing

Part of the reason it’s cheaper to reface is because with the cabinet refacing process, you’re leaving the cabinet boxes and only replacing the doors, hinges and hardware.

As a result, refacings are generally 50 percent cheaper than replacements.

There’s another important benefit as well:

  • By only removing the doors and finishings you’re less likely to damage countertops, floors and walls than with a complete gut

And finally:

  • Refacing cabinets only takes a few days, while a replacement can take weeks or more, especially if you have to special order any pieces

Other Ways to Save

New cabinet hardware

If you find that a cabinet refacing is still too rich for your budget, there are a few other ways you can slash costs and still have a beautiful kitchen.

Update the hardware

Though most people opt to update their hardware—aged door handles, hinges and pulls can date a kitchen—there’s no reason why you can’t reuse your old finishings if they still look good.

There are many tutorials online showing how one may spruce up old metal to give it a brand new shine if yours are looking a little worse for the wear.

Limit your design options

Additionally, you can opt out of design features, such as crown moulding, specialty shelves or under cabinet lighting, for a more streamlined look and reduced cost.

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If you’re experiencing sticker shock over the price for brand new cabinets, consider refacing instead.

There are a great deal of benefits that come with cabinet refacing, not the least of which are saving both money and time.

If you’re putting your Oakville, Kitchener or Toronto home on the market or are in dire need of a kitchen overhaul, take a look at the options available with a cabinet refacing, and save the extra money for something you really want, like a vacation.

To start, you can: