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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: An Economic Way of Renovating Your Kitchen


Your kitchen might be getting old, but that doesn’t mean that you are ready for the big inconvenience that comes with kitchen renovations. If that is the case, then resurfacing, or refacing, may be for you. It’s an easy way to add a new, fresh touch to your kitchen without going into debt. 

What is kitchen cabinet refacing?

In a refacing, the structure of the kitchen remains the same, but some elements such as cabinet doors, drawer pulls, and countertops are modified. In short, it’s a new look for your kitchen. This is something that can also easily be done to your bathroom. However, when choosing the surfacing, it’s necessary that your kitchen is still in a relatively good state. For example, your kitchen cabinets must be solid, and there must be no big emergency work. 

How much does a refacing cost?

Of course, it all depends on the project, but generally speaking, if there is a change to the countertop and backsplash as well, it’s about half the price of a complete kitchen renovation. 

We must consider the value of this investment: if someone would pay $10,000 for a refacing but then choose to finally renovate their kitchen entirely 4 years later, then refacing would not be a very profitable option. At that point, it would be better to opt for a complete kitchen renovation. Keep in mind that a resurfaced kitchen is not a new kitchen! 

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What are the benefits of kitchen cabinet refacing?

The number one advantage for people is that it costs less. If the kitchen is in good condition and you like its configuration, you can keep the good elements while refreshing the style. In addition, the work can be done quicker. You should allow about two days for the installation of your new kitchen if you stick to the surfacing and a new counter. It’s also ecological as existing structures are being refurbished, and there is less dust during the installation as most elements are already built.

wood refacing

What are the disadvantages?

It’s possible that since it’s not a brand new kitchen, you might get tired of it quickly, or it may deteriorate from age. Since it’s just a refacing, you will not have the freedom to change the configuration of your kitchen. If you choose to replace your sink, faucet, floor, lighting, backsplash, and redo the paint at the same time, at that point it will cost you less to do a complete renovation. We have information regarding how long a kitchen renovation might take, and some interesting kitchen designs that have been done!

Surfacing is only possible if the hinges are inside. If you want to keep them outside, it will betray the look of your makeover.  

cabinet wood tainting

What does resurfacing include?

Most of the time, there are two types of refacing that are possible.

  • A complete replacement of cabinet doors: you can take the opportunity to change the melamine for wood, or install glass doors.
  • Covering doors: we opt for the veneer. Your doors are sent to the factory where a contractor puts a coating on them.

kitchen cabinet refacing

There are a lot of things that go into the surfacing of the new doors in order to create a successful transformation. These elements may include:

  • moldings
  • adequate lighting
  • adding a module
  • a new counter
  • a backsplash of ceramic or a glass paste
  • painting
  • etc.

kitchen cabinets refaced

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If you decide to go a step further in the makeover of your kitchen, you can also raise the cupboards to maximize space or replace some cabinets with shelves. It’s time to be creative if you have the budget to do it!

As you can see, there are a number of things to consider, from price to style when making this kind of decision, and there are advantages and disadvantages no matter what decision you may make. So what options are best for you and your wallet? You will find all the answers to these questions in our article “Kitchen Cabinets: The most popular materials and their prices“. 

If you rather talk to a professional, you can contact one of our renovation consultants to take advantage. We process thousands of submissions each year to get a good idea of the cost of your project. 

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