What is Cabinet Refacing?

Don’t Need a Full Kitchen Cabinet Replacement? Consider Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Sometimes your kitchen just needs a little touch-up. It has all the bones that you like, the right appliances, the right amount of storage space. The problem is that it just looks a little faded, or maybe your tastes have changed, and you find you no longer like the design of your kitchen. Often, kitchen remodels don’t require a complete gut job. A simple cabinet refacing could be just what you need. But this can be an unfamiliar term to many homeowners. What is cabinet refacing? And how much of a difference does it really make in your home?

What Is Cabinet Refacing?

Kitchen cabinet refacing, or cabinet refacing, is a remodeling project that involves removing the old cabinet doors and other surfaces. This is a popular alternative to kitchen cabinet replacement, which would involve taking out the cabinets and drawers completely and replacing them with new cabinets and drawers. It can help give your kitchen a fresh new look or a different feel without any major renovations.

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It’s not just cabinet doors, however. The sides of the cabinets are also often skinned, sanded down, and refinished, in order to better suit the look you want for your kitchen cabinets. After all, the sides of your cabinets can become as scuffed or worn down as the rest.

You might need cabinet refacing if your cabinet doors were scratched and damaged, or if you have glass cabinet doors that have broken. Cabinet doors that have become faded or dented can call for cabinet refacing, and drawer surfaces that have become difficult to open or have lost handles might require cabinet refacing.

There doesn’t even have to be anything wrong with the cabinet surfaces. In some cases, it’s simply a matter of taste. Maybe you moved into a home with kitchen cabinet doors you despised, or maybe you once liked the look of your cabinet doors, but your tastes have since changed. Maybe you’re looking for something more accessible or more child-friendly.

While some homeowners might default to full cabinet replacements, they’re not always necessary. Often a cabinet refacing will fix the cosmetic issues that you have with your kitchen…for much less cost and with much less time spent on the project. That means you can get back to enjoying your kitchen — and your new kitchen cabinet surfaces — sooner.

Cabinet refacing Cost

Kitchen cabinet refacing is more affordable than a full kitchen remodel or a kitchen cabinet replacement by far. However, the cost can vary, anywhere from $4,000 to $9,000, including the materials and the labor. That’s still far cheaper than a cabinet replacement, which can cost as much as $40,000.

While DIY cabinet refacing projects are an option and many homeowners expect them to be cheaper, they may cost more if the products are damaged during installation and need to be replaced. A professional kitchen remodeler will be able to replace any products or fix any property damage at no further cost to you, as well as offering the expertise to ensure the job is done right — at no stress to you.

Pros and Cons of Cabinet refacing

Cabinet refacing comes with a wide range of benefits. For one thing, it is a more affordable remodeling option than a full kitchen gut job or even a kitchen cabinet replacement. It takes less time than both of these projects, so your daily life will be less disrupted. But for all of that, the effects are impactful. Your kitchen cabinets will look brand new with their fresh, clean surfaces, while still retaining all the things you loved about them before. If you love the storage space of your kitchen and just wish that it looked a little newer, a cabinet refacing project is the best way to go.

However, cabinet refacing is not always the best option for every homeowner. In some cases, if your cabinets themselves are damaged, you may need a full cabinet replacement. If you need more storage — or you need to move the position of your cabinets, you’ll still need to do so, regardless of the surfaces. It’s best to consult your remodeling pro to determine whether you need cabinet refacing or something else.

Are you interested in cabinet refacing for your home? Krumwiede Home Pros can help. We can reface and restyle your cabinets for your Chicagoland home. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free estimate.

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