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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Saves Money


The kitchen is the most expensive area in the house to remodel. The technology now behind kitchen cabinetry and fittings has escalated teh cost of top of line custom kitchens to a small percentage of the population.

If you want to remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank, consider kitchen cabinet refacing.

The cost of kitchen cabinet refacing is considerably less than the cost of completely gutting your kitchen and can be completed in a much shorter time period.

In many cases the layout of the kitchen is fine, but the look is dated and worn. If you don't mind forgoing some of the superior drawer and cupboard closings and surrounds, then kitchen cabinet refacing is the perfect answer.


What Is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing?

Kitchen cabinet refacing is the covering the exterior surface of your existing cabinets with a new laminate. Its just like resealing the driveway. If the underlying structure is sound, the old doors and drawer fronts are given a new modern covering and replaced in the same position.


Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Materials

Most cabinet refacing materials are laminate and solid wood. In recent years, a new surface is being used, Rigid Thermofoils.

The simplest refacing involves a simple coat of paint.


Getting Cabinet Refacing

The full extent of your kitchen cabinet refacing depends upon:

  • Choice of Material
  • Updating of hardware (hinges door knobs, etc.)
  • Repair of any surface damage
  • Preparation for applying the veneer or other decorative elements.

Refacing can also include completely replacing cabinet doors in a new style using new materials.

A new kitchen can take up to 6 weeks installation. In most cases the old kitchen needs to be removed BEFORE final measurements can be completed to build your new kitchen. This is not an issue with kitchen cabinet refacing.


Return On Investment

Generally, remodeling a kitchen gives a return on your initial investment of from 75 to 130 percent.  This depends upon how old your existing kitchen cabinets are they are and the quality construction. In most cases the quality of kitchen cabinets found in vintage homes is sturdier than many of recent years.

Substantial savings can be gained by updating your existing cabinets since they are already installed, leveled, finished, and operational. Kitchen cabinet refacing instead of replacing the cabinetry gives advantages of a major custom remodeling job at a much more affordable cost.

Expect to save from 33-60% against the cost of replacing with new kitchen cabinets. The final cost of kitchen cabinet refacing depends upon the number of cabinets, the cabinet veneer and the hardware choices .

The average cost of kitchen cabinet refacing is around $7,500.


Advantages Of Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Some other advantages of kitchen cabinet refacing include:

  • project can be completed in a few days.
  • more affordable than a complete kitchen remodeling job.
  • return on investment far greater than expenditure, increasing the homes total value
  • can incorporate modern kitchen hardware with improved functionality , such as roll-out shelves, better drawer slides and storage.
  • In most kitchens the cabinetry is the most visible area and greatly influences the style and design of adjoining living areas. If the cabinets are resurfaced, a complete change of decor theme can be generated.


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