Should I Reface My Cabinetry or Just Buy New?

Cabinets play an important role in “making or breaking” our kitchen and take up nearly 50 Percent of the total kitchen renovation budget. Before you decide to reface or replace your cabinetry, there are a few things to know and consider.

What is Cabinet Refacing?

Cabinet refacing is changing the surface, much like painting your car or buying a set of new clothing. The industry pros call the cabinet box the “carcass” and the veneer the “skin.” The process of refacing involves removing certain elements of your cabinets while keeping other elements intact. It involves putting new doors and drawer fronts on existing cabinet frames. Many times we also switch out hinges and glides as well.

How Can I Find Out if My Cabinets are Good Candidates for Resurfacing?

Check to see if your cabinet is a good candidate for resurfacing by checking to see if the boxes are structurally sound. Sometimes times, older cabinets are stronger and studier than newer boxes, and thus can be less expensive and invasive to reface than buying new cabinets. If your existing cabinets are rusting, water damaged or falling apart, then you should consider replacing them. Another detail to consider is the value of making such an investment. Updating or renovating the kitchen can bring a return on your investment, but you want to be careful about putting money into the house that you will never see back.  

Refacing isn’t for every kitchen. If you have a kitchen with a poor layout, you’ve wasted your money on a nonfunctional kitchen. The last detail to examine is looking beyond the cabinets. With most refacers also handling flooring and countertop installations, consider looking to renovate the entirety of the kitchen to match the new improvements. You can add an island, crown moldings, wine racks, pull-out trash bins, flip-out drawers, pull-out shelves and more. Whether or not you reface or replace, make sure your decision is cost-effective and brings a renovation that is cohesive with the rest of the kitchen.  Still not sure what to do? Consider bringing in a professional interior design specialist like Kitchens Unlimited.

How Can I Decide which is Right For Me – Reface or Replace?

If you decide to make a change – whether it’s refinishing existing cabinets, installing new wood, or completely installing new cabinet doors and drawer fronts –  examine the costs. Some homeowners may consider refacing a do-it-yourself job, but for the more ambitious cabinet replacement jobs are best left to the pros. The costs range depending on the size of the kitchen, your area (Walnut Creek or Brentwood may be cheaper than Silicon Valley), and the resurfacer. Your best bet is to hire an interior designer like Kitchens Unlimited, who will provide a number of different quotes and go with an arrangement that reflects your budget and your personal taste. Before you sign a contract, check references and insurance coverage carefully, and nail down the terms of warranty whether it’s based on full-replacement or prorated cost.

Why Should I Consider a Kitchen Renovation?

The kitchen is the heart of the home – it’s the most important room that every family member uses. Once your project is complete, there is a payout of an up to date renovated look with a reduction of cost and more importantly – stress! Whether you decide on refacing or replacing based on the quality, construction, and age of your existing cabinetry, the greatest benefit is the options-galore for personalization. Should you decide to reface your cabinetry, a new kitchen “face-lift” has many advantages in being economical with minimal disruption, eco-friendly, and less time-consuming. Cabinet replacement opens up the possibility of changing the layout and functionality of your kitchen. With this complete overhaul, a new layout can mean the difference between a kitchen that works and one that doesn’t. Overall, updating the cabinets can be a cost-effective way to achieve high-impact results without the high cost and inconvenience of a major kitchen renovation.

Ready To Get Started on Your New Kitchen or Bath?

Kitchens Unlimited in Walnut Creek and Brentwood, California has been professionally transforming spaces for clients since 2003. Designing high-end quality kitchens and bathrooms is in our blood! Designing a beautiful kitchen is not that hard, the hard part is designing a kitchen that is functional & beautiful. We love to help our clients by providing insight and education while empowering them to create the kitchens and spaces that they can thrive in.  Have a project in mind but just can’t decide? Need an expert interior designer who’s easy to work with? Want a stress-free & pain-free remodel? Contact Kitchens Unlimited to schedule your free consultation today.


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