If you’d like to update the look of your kitchen without the high costs associated with buying and installing new cabinets, then cabinet refacing or refinishing are decidedly simpler, less expensive approaches.
Cabinet refinishing involves removing the existing cabinet doors and drawer faces, sanding or stripping off the old finish, and applying a new paint or stain to the doors, drawer faces, and cabinets.
Cabinet refacing involves replacing the old doors and drawer faces with brand-new doors and drawer faces. The cabinets are then veneered and stained, or painted, to match the new components.
In both cases, the existing cabinets remain intact. As a result, cabinet refinishing or refacing are more affordable, quicker, and less disruptive than replacing cabinets.
If your current kitchen cabinets meet your storage and aesthetic wants and needs and are in good structural shape (doors are not warped and drawers are not falling apart), then cabinet refinishing might be a great option for you.
Your cabinet refinishing cost will depend on a few factors, but on average, most homeowners spend approximately $2,400.
If you decide cabinet refinishing is worth it, you have two options; you can refresh your cabinets with the same stain or totally transform your cabinets with a new color.
A similar shade to the one your cabinets currently have is the more common route. Oftentimes, a good sanding and re-stain will make all the difference. On the other hand, if you’re completely transforming your kitchen and want to forgo the cost brand new cabinets, change up the color to ensure it matches.
If your cabinet box is in good shape and structurally sound, then refacing would be a great option for upgrading your kitchen while keeping the cost low.
Your cabinet refacing cost will depend on a few factors, but the average cost to reface cabinets is just over $6,300
Your choices for the finished look of your cabinets are virtually limitless. Veneers are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, grains, and more, which you can mix or match to get a relatively low-cost kitchen facelift.