Reface or Replace Kitchen Cabinets: Facing Facts

By Karen Lawson
RefacingCabinet.com Columnist

You already know that cabinet refacing is much cheaper than demolishing old cabinets and replacing them with new ones, but what happens if you cut to the chase and reface only to find that you should have replaced your kitchen cabinets? We're sure the answer can bring plenty of frustration and additional expense, so here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to reface or replace kitchen cabinets:

  • Cost: This alone can make or break your kitchen remodeling plans. Replacing cabinets can cost up to half of your kitchen remodeling budget, and bank robbery or lottery winnings not withstanding, and can put a dent in your finances.
  • Current cabinet condition: If your cabinets are damaged, showing signs of serious wear, or have structural problems, replacement may be necessary. If your contractor recommends replacing your kitchen cabinets, get a second opinion, but don't cut corners. You don't want to pay for both refacing and replacing your kitchen cabinets.
  • Investment in home value: Kitchen remodeling can add value to your home, but over-improvement can cost money. If you're remodeling to sell your home, ask a real estate professional what types of kitchen improvements yield maximum return on your investment.
  • Modern conveniences: If you watch home improvement TV shows, you've likely seen all the whiz-bang innovations for making kitchens more functional and efficient. Trays that roll out of cabinets, drawers within cabinets, and more. If such innovations are important to you, then refacing won't do the job.
  • Location, location: If your kitchen cabinets need to be moved or demolished as part of your remodeling plan, you probably need to install new cabinets to ensure a uniform appearance.
  • Facelift: Major surgery may not be needed if your kitchen is in pretty good shape. If you like the layout of your cabinets and they're functional, cabinet refacing can bring a new look to your kitchen without flattening your wallet.
  • Updating: If you're selling your home, or are tired of your 1950's through 1990's era kitchen, refacing cabinets, updating hardware, and a fresh color scheme can bring your kitchen into the new millennium.

Cabinet refacing works in many situations, and can be a way to reduce kitchen remodeling costs while achieving desired improvements. Consulting with your contractor can help you determine how cabinet refacing can enhance your kitchen cabinets and overall remodeling plans.

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About The Author

Karen Lawson is a freelance writer whose interests include home renovation and decor. She holds an MA degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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