Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet drawers are important in a kitchen remodelby Roger Diez
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
When you are refacing your cabinets, drawers are sometimes the forgotten stepchild. The drawers should match the cabinet doors to give your kitchen a unified look, whether you are repainting or replacing the doors. In fact, it's a perfect opportunity to upgrade your cabinet drawers with new fronts, new hardware, and even new drawer boxes.
Cabinets, drawers, and hardware
You have a number of options when it comes to refacing your cabinets, and the same applies to drawers. Here are 5 things to consider when deciding what to do with your drawers:
In addition to the existing drawers that slide out from your cabinet fronts, you can also add interior drawers. These are particularly useful in base cabinets, eliminating the need to get down on your hands and knees to find what you are looking for. With in-cabinets drawers, pots, pans, lids, and other utensils roll right out into plain sight. These drawers are easily installed with simple tools, and easily removable for cleaning.
Drawer component pricing
New drawer fronts can cost from under $5 for a plain slab MDF (medium density fiberboard) front to over $50 for a five-piece hardwood front. Drawer box pricing varies by size and material. For example, a dovetail wood drawer box 15" wide and 18" deep and 3" high will cost between $20 and $25 unassembled. Add $10 to $12 if you want it factory-assemble led. Ball bearing drawer slides (also called guides) are around $10 to $15 a pair. Drawer pulls cost from around $1 and up.
Add a few drawer organizers to keep your silverware and other items neat, and your kitchen will be more efficient and pleasurable to work in.