It’s early morning the birds are chirping, and as you reach into your cupboard for that favorite coffee cup or bowl for cereal, the outdated golden oak door, with visible hinges and fading stain of your cabinet door stops you in your tracks. For the millionth time you find yourself frustrated with the cabinets in your kitchen and you finally decide something must change – but what?
You have options. While a full kitchen remodel is often the preferred way to go, there are sometimes restraints that may prevent you from having your kitchen down for 6-8 weeks. Cabinet refacing can be a great option for many people to achieve an outdated look with more functionality, without the hassle, time, or expense of a full remodel.
What Is Cabinet Refacing?
With cabinet refacing, your kitchen will have a completely new look without requiring the replacement of countertops or cabinets. Cabinet refacing involves:
- replacing doors and drawer fronts
- new crown molding and toe-kick
- updating hinges and door glides
- covering existing boxes in new wood veneer and edge banding.
Cabinets not only have a functional role in your house, their appearance can alter the look and feel of your kitchen and home as a whole. So how do you know if it’s time for a refresh and reface or time for a total overhaul? We have you covered. Either way at your next dinner party you won’t be embarrassed by outdated cabinets, you’ll be showing them off instead.
Here are three ways to tell if cabinet refacing is right for you:
Cost – The cost to reface a kitchen can run between $13k-$20k – about as much as removing and replacing your cabinets with new, entry-level cabinetry. However, an entry-level cabinet will not be as high of quality (think soft-close) and a great cabinet can cost around 50% more.
Replacing cabinets will also require replacing your countertops, a plumber to uninstall/reinstall your faucet, an electrician to cap and reinstall outlets or switches, and a tiler to potentially repair/replace your backsplash. If you just purchased and moved into your home, where gorgeous brand-new quartz countertops were installed, just over re-painted or outdated cabinets, you may not be wanting to lay out the expense of a full remodel that could be $50k+.
Time – On average cabinet resurfacing takes 5 days for project completion, whereas replacing cabinets can take weeks. Your appliances are still accessible during a cabinet refacing project whereas with a full remodel you lose the use of your kitchen entirely. One way is not necessarily better than another, but you need to be realistic if you have events coming up, are not comfortable with contractors in your home for extended periods or have other family members to consider.
Additionally, if you are wanting to spread out your remodel project over a longer period of time, cabinet refacing can buy you a fresh look and more time before you decide to redo your countertops or change your lighting and backsplash.
You Love Your Layout – If you love the overall style and layout of your kitchen, but just want a refresh, then it might not make sense to completely replace your cabinets and/or remodel the room. Refacing won’t require adding/changing or refinishing your floor. Refacing your current cabinets will still bring fresh colors and new materials to your room, livening it up and updating your style without sacrificing the original layout.
Our New Product Partner
At Lifestyle Kitchen and Bath, we value our partnerships and our ability to offer the highest quality products to our clients with a variety of options and budgets for every need, including our newest partner, Cabinet Cures. We are proud to partner with Cabinet Cures for all your refacing projects because we know the quality of their solid wood cabinet doors and ¼” veneers can last for decades in your home with the right care. They have a wide selection of wood species, cabinet faces, and over 35 colors for you to choose from, ensuring you get the style and design you truly want. They also finish all your products including doors and drawer fronts off-site, leaving you with less mess at home and a more efficient refacing process for everyone involved. As always, we help you through the process from start to finish, making sure you love your final product.
Are you ready to upgrade your cabinets? We can help you decide if refacing or full replacement is the right choice for you and your home. Contact one of our designers or visit our showroom for more information.