There are many advantages to refacing kitchen cabinets instead of gutting the entire kitchen and putting in new cabinets. Most homeowners assume they have to do cabinet refacing themselves, and the thought of all that work can be daunting.
When considering cabinet making residents might be weighing the pros and cons of each method. They are trying to decide if refacing or new kitchen cabinets are the way to renew their kitchen space. There are huge benefits to refacing kitchen cabinets.
When refacing the cabinets, the cost varies depending on the type of laminate used on the project. Real wood veneer starts around $2,500 and there are the costs for new hardware as well. The choices in materials and quality of wood or laminate will be reflected in the price. Refacing doesn’t always involve veneer. Some cabinets can be stripped and painted, and that significantly lowers the price of the project.
Cost is the biggest benefit to refacing cabinets. Cabinet refacing can cost a fraction of the price of replacing cabinets. A complete replacement of the existing cabinets might be around $8,000 to $10,000 on average depending on the type of cabinets. Custom cabinets can rise to almost $20,000. That doesn’t even include the labor costs of the company that installs the cabinets.
It can take a few weeks for the ordered materials to arrive, but once the materials are available, the installer only has to remove the existing door fronts, prepare the surfaces and fit the new veneer. From the time the doors are removed until the finishing touches of the drawer fronts can last anywhere from two to four days. The speed of the installer and whether there are any problems with installation will influence the installation time.
A complete kitchen cabinet replacement can take weeks. The demolition phase alone can take two to three days. Cleaning up the debris from the demolition can take a few more days. The professionals in cabinet making can find that it takes another week to install. That’s assuming the installers are working at peak efficiency, and they don’t run into any problems.
Refacing kitchen cabinets is an eco-friendly option for kitchen remodeling. It doesn’t involve adding to the landfill since the materials like the base of the cabinets are recycled. There are minimal trash concerns when doing a cabinet refacing since there isn’t much trash being produced. If the refacing involves stripping and painting, there will be no added trash to worry about at all.
Kitchen remodeling involves pounds and pounds of debris from the cabinets being removed. All the wood from the cabinet bases, the shelves inside and the doors are thrown away in landfills. Sometimes, the floor and the counter tops are replaced at the same time during a kitchen remodel. Refacing is much more environmentally friendly.
Many people don’t replace their cabinets because of cost concerns. Cabinet refacing renews the cabinets for a fraction of the price. With shiny, new hardware, the kitchen will be transformed into a beautiful space that looks as if the cabinets were completely replaced, and it’s a kitchen transformation that cost thousands of dollars by cabinet making professionals.
When refacing the cabinets, there are only a few days of inconvenience while the cabinet doors are removed and the finishes are done. The homeowner will not have to leave the home in those few days. It’s considered a simple change with big impact.
Cabinet replacement involves weeks of inconvenience. In some cases, the appliances will have to be removed while the demolition and construction is occurring. This makes the kitchen unusable. The homeowner would have to make other accommodations. It’s often a huge hassle.
As long as the cabinets are in decent shape, they can be refaced. They have to be structurally capable of being refaced, which means that there can be no water damage or warped, broken bases. The doors can’t be cracked or badly chipped along the edges. The veneer has to be able to adhere to the doors and frames.
Trevor Skeels owns and operates Dianella Polishing – spcecialising in shop and office fitouts, furniture restoration and kitchen renovations in Perth, Western Australia.