Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet resurfacing: the affordable kitchen remodelby Roger Diez
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Cabinets set the tone of your kitchen. They are the key element that defines the room's style, color scheme and overall ambiance. So if you have decided that cabinet resurfacing is part of your kitchen makeover, you need to select the materials carefully for their aesthetic appeal as well as their functionality.
Cabinet resurfacing choices
No matter which of the many kitchen cabinet styles you have in your kitchen, refacing is a much less expensive option than replacing cabinets. If you keep your existing cabinet doors, you can repaint or restain them; or you can resurface them with rigid thermofoil (RTF), plastic laminate or wood veneer.
Don't forget to consider new hinges, handles and pulls that complement your cabinet style. They typically cost between $2 and $15 apiece, depending on material and intricacy.
Replacing cabinet doors
If you want to change the style of your cabinets, replacing the doors may be a better option. This is particularly true if you prefer a style that includes intricate designs or depth variations in the surface. Finished wood replacement doors start at under $10 per square foot for paint grade, and go up to nearly $30 per square foot for finished woods. You can save 40 to 50 percent when you buy unfinished doors and finish them yourself.
A cabinet refacing contractor will typically give you a quote on both labor and materials. If you do the job yourself, be aware that cutting and installing veneers require special tools, which adds to your cost.