Replace or Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets

BlogAdmin2Thursday, Nov 11, 2018

When you decide that your kitchen cabinets are in need of an update, the next decision you face is whether to replace or reface them. Refacing entails covering exposed frames with a thin layer of laminate or wood. Drawer fronts and doors are replaced to complement or match the new layer. New knobs, hinges, pulls, and moulding is added to complete the look.

When you decide that your kitchen cabinets are in need of an update, the next decision you face is whether to replace or reface them. Refacing entails covering exposed frames with a thin layer of laminate or wood. Drawer fronts and doors are replaced to complement or match the new layer. New knobs, hinges, pulls, and moulding is added to complete the look. These fixtures can add up though, so it is essential to analyze the costs of both replacing and refacing your cabinets. Here are the pros and cons of both options:

Refacing

Pros

More environmentally-friendly since you are not contributing to landfill waste
Typically costs half as much as replacing
Requires less time to complete
Can still use your kitchen while work is being done

Cons

Could end up spending more if you choose expensive refacing materials and accessories
Cannot fix a poorly laid out kitchen

Options

There are endless options when it comes to refacing your kitchen cabinets. Veneers come in a variety of colours, textures, grains, patterns, etc., allowing to mix and match and give your kitchen a facelift for a reasonable price. Here are your material options:

Rigid thermofoil (RTF) doors are coated in durable plastic placed over fibreboard. It is an affordable alternative to laminate or wood doors
Plastic laminate comes in many patterns and colours. It is moisture-resistant, durable, and reasonably priced. You can choose to match your laminate for your drawer and door fronts or pick contrasting colours
Authentic wood veneers come in most standard varieties such as cherry, maple, oak, and you can choose from several colour stains as well. This is the most expensive option, and you must seal it routinely to protect it against moisture

Costs

For a typical 12-foot by 10-foot kitchen, professional cabinet refacing costs around $1,000 to $3,000 for laminate and $2,500 to $6,000 for authentic wood. It can cost as much as $7,000 to $9,000 for larger kitchens and higher-quality wood. New hardware (knobs, hinges, pulls) costs $2 to $4 per piece and up to $20 to $50 per piece for higher-end selections. To compare, replacing kitchen cabinets starts at $4,000 for stock cabinets, $8,000 for semi-custom cabinets, and upwards of $20,000 for custom cabinetry.

Are My Cabinets Ideal for Refacing?

If your existing cabinet boxes are structurally in good condition, then refacing is a viable option. Cabinet boxes with water damage, broken frames, or warping are not worth refacing and would instead benefit from a full replacement. If you have particle board cabinets, it will likely require fasteners and adhesives to secure the new veneer.

How Do I Install Refaced Cabinets?

The professionals at Home Reno Direct can come to your home and measure your cabinets to determine the amount of veneer needed, the right size, and quantity of drawer and door fronts. Orders can take one to two weeks to be delivered.

Once the materials come in, our professional removes the old cabinet doors and drawer fronts and prepares the surface by washing with a degreaser and lightly sanding the area. Flaws on the surface will then be filled or repaired to ensure a secure, and smooth fit for the new veneer. The installer places the new veneer on the cabinet faces and ends, then mounts new drawer fronts, doors, and hardware. Refacing usually takes just two to four days depending on the number of cabinets.