Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Refacing kitchen cabinets: is it your best option?by Jeffrey Anderson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
There are many decisions that must be made when planning a kitchen remodel, but perhaps the one that most affects the cost of the project is what to do about the kitchen cabinets. If the interiors of the existing cabinets are in good shape and the overall layout isn't being changed, refacing is often considered to be the least expensive option. So, just how much can you save by refacing kitchen cabinets rather than buying new?
Refacing kitchen cabinets vs. buying new
One very important thing to remember when pricing various cabinet options is that there are many variables involved that may affect the total cost. Installing new cabinets often requires unhooking plumbing, disconnecting appliances, and removing the countertops--all of which can normally be avoided when you do cabinet resurfacing.
But how about the cabinets themselves; how much do the prices vary between refacing and buying new? One of the most common cabinets used in a kitchen is a 36-inch, double-door base that has one or two drawers at the top and double doors below. Here are some very approximate costs for buying this cabinet new and how they compare to cabinet resurfacing the 36-inch base unit you already have:
The materials for refacing that 36-inch base cabinet along with new solid oak doors and drawer fronts can be purchased for about $266, and you shouldn't have to unhook an appliance, remove any cabinets, or take off that delicate countertop.
About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I., and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time. He spends his time writing, remodeling his old farmhouse, and in animal rescue.