Why Someone Should Have a Cabinet Refaced
Want to give your kitchen a facelift without spending a ton of money? Refacing kitchen cabinets can be an affordable alternative to replacing them. Cabinet refacing may cost about $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the size of your kitchen and materials, while replacing cabinets may run tens of thousands of dollars, according to BobVila.com. Refacing also can give a more modern look than just refinishing your old kitchen cabinets.
To reface cabinets, new doors are added. Cabinet resurfacing may involve adding wood or laminate veneer. If the framework of your kitchen cabinets is basically in good shape, not only can refacing them give your kitchen a fresh look, but it can improve the functionality of your space. You can improve storage and fix cabinet glides so drawers are easier to open and close. Cabinet refacing costs can also involve buying new appliances to go with your kitchen's new look, so be aware that these items can increase your budget.
The most noticeable change with kitchen cabinet refacing will be the doors. When replacing cabinet doors you'll want to look at style and composition. You'll also need to replace old hinges and hardware so make sure the items you choose are consistent with the overall look.
Replacing cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware can be done in a few days by a cabinet refacing company. After measuring your kitchen, a professional cabinet refacer will manufacture and install your doors and drawer fronts. Some cabinet refacing firms count each door, drawer, panel, and false front as a unit and will give a price per unit, which can range from $150 to $250 depending on the type of materials used, according to BobVila.com.
Think twice about refacing cabinets yourself. Not only will you need to take accurate measurements and remove doors and drawer fronts, but you'll also have to clean, sand, and fill any holes before installing new faces. If you have basic carpentry skills, then this project may take at least a week to complete.
About the Author
Francine L. Huff is a freelance journalist, the author of The 25-Day Financial Makeover: A Practical Guide for Women, and has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows.
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