You're thinking about doing a kitchen or bathroom remodel because your cabinets were the original cabinets that were installed when you bought your house years ago. Let me guess...they were oak or maple cabinets with recess or raised panel cabinet doors with some cheap hardware that the builder picked out. Well, times have changed and there are a bunch of new styles, materials and finishes to choose from!
So how do I start? Should I consider buying all new cabinets or should I just replace the Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts? If I have a limited budget to spend what is the best option?
THE NEW CABINET ROUTE
Buying brand new cabinets is certainly an option to remodeling your kitchen or bath but here are some of the things you need to consider:
- What is my total budget for my remodel?
- Do you like the layout for your kitchen? Do I want to move anything?
- What are my cabinet options?
- New appliances, flooring, backsplash?
- Will I need to tear out my countertop? Will I need a new buy new countertops if I replace my cabinets but keep the same layout?
- Will I have to hire a contractor to tear down/install my new cabinets? What will that cost?
- How long will a remodel take?
- How long will I be in my house?
An average kitchen remodel in 2020 could cost upwards of $25,000 if you're doing a full remodel. Full kitchen remodels range from $10,000 to $50,000 depending on your new layout and the quality of materials you decide on.
There is a wide range of cabinet styles and finishes as well as construction options when choosing cabinets. Cabinet styles vary from traditional like raised panel designs to more contemporary or transitional designs like shaker or slab styling with clean and sharp lines. Finishes are available in a wide range of stains and paints and white cabinets continue to represent a large part of the remodel market. White shaker cabinet doors and drawer fronts have never been more popular.
Consumers want to lighten up their kitchen or bathroom by replacing their old darker stained cabinets. White cabinets have a lot of advantages to modernize and upgrade the look of your kitchen. Cabinet materials range from 1/2" particle board for stock cabinets to 3/4" plywood for custom cabinets. Most consumers choose something in between but your choice will come down to your budget.
Do you like the layout of your kitchen and where your sink, dishwasher, refrigerator or other appliances are located? Would you like more cabinet space? Do I have the room to add more cabinets? Would I need to tear down a wall to get more cabinet space?
Most older kitchens were built with a U-shape or L-shape design with limited design options. If you want to move appliances or add cabinets just keep in mind it will cost more to have your contractor make these changes.
The first step is to find a certified and experienced contractor that has experience in kitchen and bath remodels. Check out their reviews and references before hiring anyone. The worst thing that can happen is to hire someone who does not have great credentials and does not provide the best installers (maybe they sub-out the job to other people). Worst-case scenario, the contractor starts the job and doesn't show up all the time and maybe does not even complete the job. Then you have to start over and find a new contractor.
One thing to seriously consider when doing a kitchen or bath remodel is how long with it take? Ask yourself how long can I live without a functional kitchen or bath? Most remodels take at least 4-6 weeks and some take months to complete. Just don't forget that you might not have to access to your kitchen or bath during your remodel.
REPLACING YOUR CABINET DOORS AND DRAWER FRONTS
Replacing just your cabinet doors and drawer fronts is a much cheaper and lower cost option and certainly less time consuming to replacing your cabinets and can bring an updated look to your kitchen or bath. It has many advantages to replacing your cabinets:
Save Time and Money: Replacing cabinet doors and drawer fronts is a simple Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project that you can do yourself so you will save both time and money on not having to hiring a contractor. This is a fairly straight forward project especially if you are using your existing hinges. You still might have to consider a contractor if it's a larger project or you're not that comfortable. Keep in mind replacing cabinet doors and drawers can be done in hours or days vs. weeks or months (major kitchen remodel).
Materials Savings: There will be huge cost differences between buying full cabinets vs. buying replacement Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts. Depending on the material, wood species and size it could be in the hundreds of dollars per cabinet...especially if you add in the cost of hired labor. That can add up quickly if you have 10-20 cabinets you need to replace. The average cost for a cabinet door, depending on the wood species and size, will range from $50 - $90. Keep in mind that a solid wood hard maple door will cost more than a white RTF (Rigid Thermofoil) or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) door or drawer. Drawer fronts will range from $30 to $50. If you are thinking about Drawer Boxes as well these average from $40 - $80 depending on the height, width and depth you need.
Simple Measuring: Measuring for new cabinet doors and drawer fronts is simple...if replacing your current doors and drawers and keeping the same hinge then all you need to provide is the width and height (normally down to 1/16"). Cabinet Doors 'N' More has a full range of information in writing and how-to video.
Custom Made Components: All of your cabinet doors and drawers are made custom to the specifications you provide. Cabinet Doors 'N' More provides the highest quality products in the industry...and if you don't believe us then check out our hundreds of reviews from our valued customers.
Refresh the Look of Your Cabinets With New Doors & Drawers: Cabinet refacing is another option and costs less vs. a full remodel. If your current cabinets are in good condition and you want to change the look and feel of your kitchen or bath then cabinet refacing could be a great option. Cabinet refacing still involves replacing all of your cabinet doors and drawer fronts but also updates the cabinet faces and sides with new veneer and end panels that will match your doors and drawers. Cabinet Doors 'N' More has all of the products if you are considering cabinet refacing as an option.
Refresh the Look of Your Cabinets With New Paint: Painting your current doors and drawers is an option as well...and the cheapest option of all but probably the most labor-intensive if doing yourself. You'll need to check if your current doors and drawers are in good enough shape or you might have to do a lot of prep work to make sure they are ready to prime and paint. Cabinet Doors 'N' More offers several wood species specifically for painting - paint grade hard maple and MDF doors are for painting and priming only. We do offer white primer as an option for these two wood species. We have several blogs on our site that give pointers and best practices when painting your doors and drawers.
Fast and Efficient: Ordering online from Cabinet Doors 'N' More is a fast and efficient way to order your replacement Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts. Our online site is easy to navigate, has information about how to measure for your new cabinet components...if you know the style you want to remodel with and know your measurements, in 3 easy steps you can place your order!
Environmentally Friendly: Ordering and replacing just the cabinet doors and drawer fronts is also "Green" and good for environment as your not throwing away all of your cabinets in a landfill.
Continued Use of Your Kitchen: Lastly, if you are only changing out doors and drawers or consider cabinet refacing, you can still have access and use your kitchen!!!
Taking on a kitchen or bath remodel is a big project and could cost tens of thousands of dollars. Considering other low cost options - new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, cabinet refacing or even painting your existing kitchen or bath are viable and lower cost options if your on a tight budget.
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