Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Resurface cabinets for an economical kitchen makeover

by Roger Diez
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

One way to save money on a kitchen remodel is to resurface cabinets instead of replacing them. As long as your existing cabinets are in good structural shape and adequate for your storage needs, you can resurface them for a completely new look at minimum cost. There are a couple of different ways to resurface cabinets in your kitchen, either through a coating (such as paint or stain) or with a veneer. In the first instance, you can keep your old cabinet doors and drawer fronts, provided they are in good shape. In the second, new cabinet doors and door fronts are installed to match the new veneer.

Resurface cabinets yourself or hire a contractor

You can resurface cabinets yourself, using good quality paint or stain, or applying a wood veneer and replacing cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. If you decide on paint, spraying is the best application method, as it will not leave brush or roller marks. Veneer is more difficult to apply, but can be done with a lot of patience and care. By doing it yourself, you can save labor costs and resurface cabinets for the cost of materials alone, around $200-$500.

If you elect to hire a contractor, resurfacing cabinets with a coating will cost from $1,200 to $2,500 depending on the size of your kitchen and the coating chosen. Using a contractor to resurface cabinets by replacing doors and drawer fronts and applying a veneer will run from $3,500 to $10,000. However, this compares favorably with replacing all your cabinets at a cost of $25,000 and up.



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