If you're someone who loves spending time in the heart of the home, you'll understand the importance of having a well-designed and functional kitchen. A kitchen is both a place to cook and a space for entertaining and spending time with family and friends. That's why a kitchen renovation can be one of the best investments you’ll ever make in your home.
One of the most significant decisions you'll make regarding kitchen remodeling is whether to replace or reface your cabinets.
Cabinet refacing means replacing the doors, drawer fronts and hardware of your existing cabinets while leaving the cabinet boxes intact. This can give your kitchen a new look and feel without needing a complete cabinet replacement.
To start, your old cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware are removed and safely disposed of. Then, all cabinet fronts and side panels are covered with solid wood veneer. This is a thin layer of wood on top of the core material. The replacement cabinet doors and drawer fronts, and sometimes drawer boxes, are replaced to complement and blend with the veneer. If needed, your old drawer boxes are replaced with solid wood, dovetailed drawer boxes, and optional new hardware and accessories bring style and functionality to the space.
Here's a simple overview of the process of cabinet refacing:
There are many cabinet door styles and finishes to choose from, giving you a wide variety of looks and styling. The most expensive material for both kitchen cabinet doors, drawer fronts and veneers will be real wood, which you can get in oak, cherry, maple or paint-grade hard maple, as well as plenty of stained or painted wood color options.
For a less expensive option, you can use durable and moisture-resistant laminate cabinet doors, which are available in hundreds of different colors and patterns. Still less expensive is Rigid Thermofoil (RTF), which is a routed piece of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) vacuum-formed with a durable vinyl coating. Laminates are the most popular option and are relatively affordable, but you can choose to go up or down in price from there.
Overall, as opposed to replacing your kitchen cabinets, cabinet refacing can save you thousands of dollars and save you weeks without your kitchen while still giving you the look of a brand-new kitchen.
This comes down to two things — personal preference and how much you want to spend. Cabinet refacing offers savings that can be as much as a third of the cost of replacing.
If your kitchen is designed poorly to start with, cabinet refacing will leave you with a better-looking version of a still badly designed kitchen, whereas replacing gives you options for starting from square one again. And if you decide to go with exotic woods or veneers for your cabinet refacing, then your savings will be cut considerably. Otherwise, refacing is generally the preferable option.
Deciding whether to reface or replace your cabinet doors is a crucial decision when it comes to kitchen remodeling. In this section, we'll explore some factors to consider when making this decision and the pros and cons of each option.
When deciding whether to reface or replace your cabinet doors, you should consider:
There are several benefits to choosing cabinet refacing over a full cabinet replacement, including:
It's natural to compare the cost of resurfacing your kitchen cabinets yourself with hiring a professional. While watching how-to videos on YouTube may be tempting, it's important to consider your level of experience and expertise. If you're not particularly handy, attempting to do the job yourself may actually end up costing you more time and money than if you had hired a professional to handle the project.
When deciding whether to hire a professional or do it yourself, you should consider:
Overall, cabinet refacing is typically less of a hassle, less expensive and less time-consuming than a complete remodel. Additionally, one of the benefits of cabinet refacing is that you can use your kitchen without significant disruption.
Cabinet refacing is just one of many options when it comes to kitchen remodeling. This section will explore other remodeling options that you may come across during your research:
You could also consider a major kitchen remodeling, but that often requires permits and a large budget. Further, your kitchen will be unusable for upwards of several months, depending on the changes being made. These high-level remodels can also include unexpected costs.
Overall, a straightforward, often affordable remodel like kitchen cabinet resurfacing can be the best option when you want to quickly refresh and update your kitchen.
You most likely spend a lot of time in your kitchen, so why not make it a comfortable space for you and your family?
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