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5 Ways to Save Money on Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

While kitchen remodels tend to have the largest return on your investment in home remodeling, they can still be quite expensive, and new kitchen cabinets can raise the price tag significantly. But if your cabinets are in basically good shape and just need a face lift, consider refacing your kitchen cabinets. During refacing, the doors and drawer fronts are replaced and the cabinet boxes are covered with new veneer. Typically, refacing costs one-third to one-half of what a total cabinet remodel costs. But what if you decide to reface your kitchen cabinets and are looking for even more ways to save money?

Five Ways to Save on Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

  • Recycle: If you have wood cabinets and it's the stain or the color that you don't like, save money by recycling; refinish your cabinets or paint them. If the doors are just too dinged-up to reuse, then consider looking for salvaged cabinet drawers and door fronts. The difficult part of this option is finding a veneer for the cabinet boxes to match, but if you're going with a basic wood such as oak or maple, it may not be quite as difficult.
  • Pay attention: Be on the lookout for sales and coupons. If you don't get the newspaper, consider purchasing at least the weekend edition so you can clip coupons and take advantage of stores that are having major sales. Ask friends who work at hardware stores or who get the paper to be on the lookout for you.
  • Compare online: While buying online could cost you extra in shipping, online research should be free. Thanks to websites like eBay, Craigslist, Shopping.com, and BizRate, you can compare the prices of both new and used items so that you're able to make sure you're paying a fair price.
  • Buy local: Paying shipping costs for your refaced kitchen cabinets could increase your price by hundreds of dollars. Do your best to find the look and style you want locally, and you could save a bundle.
  • Check the clearance section: If you look a little bit harder, you may be able to find inexpensive refacing materials that have been placed on clearance because the style is discontinued or because of flaws. And even if they're cheaper because of flaws, often the flaws can be fixed or are small enough that no one even knows but you.

A new kitchen doesn't have to cost a fortune. Putting in the time and effort can be well worth it if you really want to save money on your kitchen cabinet refacing job.

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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