March 16, 2016
Reface or Replace Cabinets?
Cabinet refacing is a process that gives old kitchen cabinets a fresh look without the hassle and expense of fully tearing out the old cabinet boxes and frames. Basically, the refacing process keeps the original layout of your existing cabinets and replaces old doors and hardware. The original cabinet frames are then refinished to match the new doors as needed.
Refacing Is Cost-Effective, Efficient
A brand new kitchen is a dream for some people but it’s still a pricey proposition. Our average major kitchen remodel project costs $30,000 to $45,000. Even if you are only replacing the cabinets and nothing else, that alone will cost you $20,000 to $30,000.
Cabinet refacing refreshes the room without the hassle and cost of new cabinetry installation. Prices vary per home, but average between cabinet refacing project generally costs between $7,000 and $15,000. In addition to dramatic improvements in the look of your kitchen, this simple process will also increase the resale value of your home.
The Benefits of Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet refacing has many advantages over full kitchen remodeling. Unlike full kitchen remodeling, which can take weeks or even months, cabinet refacing is usually completed in 3-5 days or less.
Then there is the “mess” factor. Full-scale kitchen remodels usually involve moving walls, adding or moving plumbing, and other messy, disruptive activities. Some people can get by without a kitchen for several weeks at a time but it’s not for everyone.
It’s not all just approved appearance and cost savings though, though. We can also install several organizing accessories to maximize your storage space and efficiency. For instance, you can make the most of your kitchen’s existing storage space by installing adjustable drawers in your base cabinets, adding new spice or plate wracks, or including an under-counter, pullout trashcan option.
Cabinet Refacing Realities
Of course, cabinet refacing is not appropriate in every situation. Structural weaknesses or damage to the frame of the old cabinets is the primary reason refacing may not be an acceptable alternative to a full-scale remodel.
In addition, if you are unhappy with the current layout of your kitchen, it would be wise to consider a more thorough remodel as well, with all new cabinetry. Placement of new appliances, electrical wiring, windows and walls will also determine whether your existing cabinets can be saved.
Stop by our showroom today to check out the latest products in cabinet refacing and talk to one of our designers about the latest trends in kitchen remodeling. You can also download your FREE Guide, Iowa Contractor Comparison Guide – How to Make Your Remodeling Project a Success for tips on hiring the right local contractor.