Low Cost Kitchen Remodel by Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets is an Ideal Alternative to Outright Replacing Them

By Mark J. Donovan

So your kitchen is in need of a makeover but you don’t have a boatload of money to remodel your kitchen. A typical kitchen remodel costs conservatively $30-$50K. Refacing your kitchen cabinets may be just the ticket for you if you have a limited budget and want to update your kitchen. Refacing kitchen cabinets cost a fraction, compared to outright replacing them, and can dramatically change the look of your kitchen, as well as make it more functional in some cases.

In general, refacing kitchen cabinets costs around 25-33% of what it would be to replace the kitchen cabinets outright. Moreover refacing kitchen cabinets can be completed in as little as a couple of days.

With the installation of new kitchen cabinets the project can take a couple of weeks, due to the fact that old kitchen cabinets need to be removed and new ones installed. Thus, refacing kitchen cabinets is a great kitchen remodeling solution that will save you a fortune in expenses and minimize interruptions within your home.

Refacing kitchen cabinets typically involves replacing kitchen cabinet doors and drawers and resurfacing the exposed frames with matching wood or veneer materials. In addition, new toe kicks are installed on the base cabinets and additional trim moulding is installed on the exposed undersides of the upper cabinets.

Also, new handle and hinge hardware is also installed with the new doors and drawers. Wood veneers are often attached to the exposed cabinet frames to provide a fully transformed set of kitchen cabinets. New kitchen countertops and sinks are also often installed to yield a complete kitchen makeover.

Refacing kitchen cabinets is a low cost kitchen remodeling alternative.

Refacing kitchen cabinets is not always a viable solution for a kitchen remodel if you’re also looking for a significant improvement in the kitchen cabinet functionality.

For example, if you always wanted that Lazy Susan, refacing your kitchen cabinets won’t get you there. Also, if the original framed kitchen cabinets are structurally not sound, or if metal kitchen cabinets were used, then the kitchen cabinet refacing solution is not an option for you.

The typical kitchen cabinet refacing project costs between $4,000 and $9,000. Pricing will vary with the number of kitchen cabinets that need to be refaced, the type of new countertops installed, if any, and the various custom features and materials integrated into the refaced cabinets.

Overall, the costs of refacing kitchen cabinets is a small fraction of replacing the kitchen cabinets altogether.

Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet

So if you’d like to remodel your kitchen and have a limited budget, you may want to consider a low cost kitchen remodel using refaced kitchen cabinets. You’ll save a bundle in cash, minimize the disruption to your home, and be blown away by the transformation of your existing kitchen cabinets.

For help on your kitchen remodeling project, see my Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective kitchen remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive kitchen remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

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