Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Refacing doors or cabinet refinishing: Which is better?by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
When remodeling a kitchen, the first changes most homeowners make are to the kitchen cabinets. Remodeling can be quite expensive, so saving money on a cabinet upgrade is usually at the top of the priority list. That's why some homeowners will opt for cabinet refinishing instead of cabinet refacing.
What is refinishing?
Kitchen cabinet refinishing is simply giving your cabinets a new look. This can be done by stripping the paint or stain and applying new colors or finishes. Refinishing can give your kitchen a fresh look while saving money, since the only cost is for supplies. If you choose to spend a bit more and hire a contractor to refinish the cabinet doors, you may still save money on materials.
How refinishing compares to cabinet refacing
Refinishing with a bright new paint and attractive hardware can make your kitchen look like new while giving your budget a break. But is the savings really worth it? Refacing doors on your kitchen cupboards can be a bit more expensive; however, the advantages are clear.
When it comes to kitchen cabinets, remodeling with the best you can afford makes sense. If your budget is truly strapped, kitchen cabinet refinishing might be a temporary answer. However, saving the money to put toward cabinet refacing in the future could be a smarter way to approach your kitchen remodel.