Is Cabinet Refacing the Right Choice for My Renovation?

If you’ve started researching and budgeting for a kitchen remodel you might have had a little sticker shock at the cost of new cabinetry. However, did you know that you can save 40-50% on your kitchen remodel if you choose to reface your cabinets vs replacing them? If you’re looking to upgrade the look of your kitchen without breaking the bank, refacing might be a good choice for you. Here are a few things to consider to determine if cabinetry refacing is the right choice for your remodel.  


Are you satisfied with the overall layout of your kitchen? Does it function well for what you use it for? If this is true of you and your kitchen, you could definitely consider a cabinet reface. Your existing cabinets stay exactly where they are so if your main concern is the look and finish of your cabinets, a reface might be a great option for you. 


Are your current cabinets in good condition? Older cabinets are often of better quality than some of the newer builder-grade cabinets in some homes. Even if your cabinets are from the 1980s and completely out of style, they are most likely structurally sound and solid. If your cabinet boxes, drawer tracks, and internal hardware are in good condition, a reface could work for you. Even if you want soft-close doors and drawers, extra storage, or slight modifications from what you have today, those may be possible with a cabinet reface. 

Cost & Time: 

As we already mentioned, cabinet refacing can save you a lot of money on your kitchen remodel. Since the existing cabinet boxes are staying in place, the cost of building new ones is eliminated. Because of that, refacing is also an eco-friendly alternative to cabinet replacement. Additionally, waiting for custom cabinets to be constructed for your kitchen can take a few weeks at a minimum. Alternatively, depending on the size of your kitchen, a cabinet reface usually only takes 3-5 days for a professional to complete. 


If the style of your cabinets is your only concern, cabinet refacing is a perfect choice for you. There are many options for style and finish in the refacing materials. You can choose a wood grain or even a colored laminate as well. There are also dozens of options for new doors and drawer face styles from the ever-popular shaker, slab, or mullion doors which include glass panels and dividing bars for a more traditional look. You can also look at adding a crown molding to your existing cabinets if you are looking for a more formal look. 

Overall, cabinet refacing can be a great option for many homeowners on a budget. It will give you the feel of a new kitchen without the high price tag. It could also be a great option for someone looking to update their home before selling. Most likely, you can re-coop the cost of the reface in the sale of your home because you’ll be able to list your home for more with an updated kitchen ready for a new homeowner. If you’d like to see if your kitchen is a good candidate for a reface, give your local Kitchen Solvers a call for a free consultation. We could be able to help you see that your dream kitchen is right within reach.