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Consider These 4 Tips to Estimate the Cost of Cabinet Refacing

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

If you're desperate for a new look for your kitchen, refacing your cabinets may be the most cost effective answer. As you probably know, refacing your kitchen cabinets typically costs less than half of what it would cost to replace them entirely. However, in today's economy, it's important to estimate the cost of any home improvements before you get started. Who wants to end up with a job half done or scramble for cheaper supplies at the last minute? While you may not be able to calculate the exact cost of refacing your kitchen cabinets, the following tips can help you estimate the approximate cost of refacing:

  • Educate Yourself: According to BobVila.com, a typical cabinet refacing job costs between $1000 and $5000. However, shopping around can not only get you the best deal, it can also give you ideas about the typical "going rate" for cabinet doors, contractors, hardware, etc.
  • Know Your Goal: Do you just want a new look for your kitchen or are you going for a serious upgrade? Your cost depends a great deal on the materials you use. According to CostHelper.com, the cheapest refacing jobs use rigid thermofoil (RTF), which costs between $1000 and $3000. Refacing jobs done with high-quality wood veneer can cost up to $9000, depending on the size of the job.
  • Ask What's Included: When you're speaking with various contractors about your cabinet refacing job, make sure you know exactly what is included in the quote they are giving you. You don't want any unexpected costs. A typical refacing job should include the removal of current cabinet doors, painting your current cabinets with the new veneer, and installation of both doors and hardware, says CostHelper.com.
  • Know Your Current Cabinets: According to Reface or Replace Kitchen Cabinets?, an article on ThisOldHouse.com, the cost of refacing your kitchen cabinets may increase significantly if special precautions need to be taken. For example, if your cabinets were painted before 1978, there may be lead in the paint. A good contractor knows how to safely cover or get rid of the lead-based paint.

Once you've done your homework and have estimated the costs, you're ready to select doors, hardware, veneer, and professionals to complete the job. And if you've calculated carefully, your kitchen cabinet refacing job shouldn't cost too much more than your estimate, meaning you won't have to scramble for cabinet refacing funds at the last moment. Doing all the right homework ahead of time can save you time and money later on.



About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre




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