The Cost of Cabinet Refacing

At some point in time, everyone faces that giant home improvement project that is a complete kitchen remodel. When considering the remodeling of a kitchen, one of the major costs involved is the cabinetry. While ripping out and replacing the existing cabinets is commonly the first thought, new custom cabinets can easily cost well more than the remainder of the total project. Being able to manage this cost may be the difference in whether or not you can afford to proceed with your kitchen remodel. However, if your cabinets are in good structural shape there is an alternative to replacing the cabinets. Should this be the case, you will be able to reface your cabinets and save thousands of dollars.

Cabinet refacing cost is a fraction of the cost of new cabinets since you can choose to reuse your cabinet doors and boxes. There are actually two ways to reface your cabinets. One is more costly than the other but still much cheaper than replacing everything. The more expensive method involves replacing the cabinet doors and applying a matching laminate over the face of the cabinet boxes. The more common method of refacing your cabinets involves cleaning, lightly sanding and applying a new slick finish to your existing cabinets. This method is a much less expensive method and can easily be accomplished by even the most novice do it yourself homeowner.

Since cost is a major consideration in any kitchen remodel, cabinet refacing is definitely something that you should consider as an aid in keeping down those costs. However, while this project is not a difficult one, be advised that it is labor intensive and quite time consuming if done properly. Also, consider the resale value of your home when tackling a project such as this. Since new cabinets can cost as much as 50 percent of a kitchen remodel, a simple cabinet refacing can be quite profitable. By taking your time and doing the job properly, you will not only easily recoup the cost of the project but will place yourself in position for quite a substantial profit when it comes time to sell your home.

So, if you are in the planning stages of an upcoming kitchen remodel, the cost of kitchen cabinet refacing can play a major factor in the overall cost of the remodel. When you consider the savings you will incur by refacing the kitchen cabinets as opposed to replacing them can provide you with the money to replace those tired old appliances, as well as a few other items in your new kitchen, the amount of work you will put into this project will prove to be a small price to pay.

By Laura