Cabinet Refacing a Cheap Alternative to Full Remodel
Want to update an otherwise adequate kitchen or bathroom, but don’t want a total remodel? Reface your cabinets.
- What is refacing? Refacing consists of installing new cabinet door and drawer fronts and covering the exposed face frames of the cabinets with a matching wood or plastic veneer. Existing structures are left standing, no cabinets are ripped out, and the layout remains the same.
- What about costs? Typically 25-30% less than replacing existing cabinets. Most companies price per unit (count each door, drawer, etc. as a unit) Price per unit can range as low as $100 to as high as $250 depending on materials.
- Timeline for job? Cabinet refacing only takes a day or two where a full kitchen remodel could take weeks/months.
- Reface or replace? If your kitchen/bath has low-end cabinets (made of particle board, for example) they may not be worth spending money on. Cabinet cases that show signs of deterioration or shelves that bow should also be replaced.