Refacing existing kitchen cabinetry has become a popular way to get new looking kitchen cabinets for less than the cost of replacing them. However, this option is not best for everyone and every kitchen. Like any home improvement project, there are both pros and cons when it comes to refacing kitchen cabinets. Here are some things you need to consider before you make your final decision on what to do with your old kitchen cabinets.
Pros of Refacing
More Affordable Than Replacing
When looking at your options between replacing kitchen cabinets or refacing them, refacing is cheaper by far. Depending on the finishes that you choose, you could save 66% or more over replacing. With new kitchen cabinets costing upwards of $30,000 depending on the size of the kitchen, that is a huge savings.
Another positive aspect of refacing kitchen cabinets is that it offers a completely new look. Just because you currently have white flat panel doors right now does not mean you have to continue to live with it. You can get any door design your heart desires in any color you wish. This is a huge plus if you hate every aesthetic aspect of your cabinets.
When refacing your kitchen cabinets, you do not have to worry about demolition or not being able to cook in your kitchen. Since most of the work is done in a factory when they make your doors and drawer fronts, the only time lost in your kitchen is when they install the new doors and overlay on the cabinets. That is a lot better than the weeks or even months lost when completely replacing kitchen cabinets.
Green Option Compared to Replacing
Many more consumers are also looking for more ecologically friendly options when they are doing home remodeling. When compared to replacing old cabinets, refacing is the greener option. Since you are only replacing the doors on your cabinets, you will use less wood materials and electricity. If you can additionally find a way to reuse or recycle or old doors and drawer fronts, the project will be even more environmentally conscious.
Cons of Refacing
More Costly Than Molding or Paint
Though refacing kitchen cabinets is less expensive than completely replacing them, it is still considerably more expensive than options like adding wood molding to the doors and painting them. So for those who have to be very cost conscious in their kitchen remodel, refacing is no the best option for the money.
Not a Do-It-Yourself Job
If you are someone who wants to be able to do the job from start to finish yourself, refacing is not a good option for you. Unless you are skilled with wood and have plenty of time on your hands, it is best to hire a company to make and install your new kitchen doors. Yes it could cost more than doing it yourself, but at least you know it will look professional.
Must Keep Same Cabinet Layout
Another potential problem with refacing kitchen cabinets is that you will not be changing the kitchen layout. If you already have a great cabinet layout, then there is nothing wrong with this. However, if you have a poorly laid out kitchen, you may be better off spending the extra money for better flow and work space. So before you reface your cabinets, be sure you are fine with the layout you currently have.
Does Not Fix Damaged Cabinets
In addition to having to stick with the same layout, you will also continue to be stuck with cabinets that are damaged. Broken doors and drawers will not suddenly be fixed. So before you have your cabinets refaced, be sure you have effectively fixed any cabinet damage you have to ensure the cabinets are worth refacing.
So before you start picking out your new kitchen cabinet doors, be sure you have weighed both the good and bad about refacing your cabinets. It is better to take some additional time making your decision, rather than regret spending thousands of dollars. In the end, you will feel more confident that you have made the right decision to either reface your kitchen cabinets or choose a more suitable option for you.