If you're planning to update your kitchen, new cabinets may be on your list. However, once you start learning the price of installing quality new cabinets, you might start looking for alternatives. Cabinet refacing is the ideal way to make your existing cabinets look new at a much lower cost than installing new cabinets. Here's an overview of cabinet refacing.
Your Cabinets Don't Have To Be Removed
Refacing a cabinet means a new layer of skin is applied to the exterior. It's not necessary to take your cabinets down to do this. You need to be happy with the placement of your current cabinets when you choose to have them refaced. However, it's possible you can add cabinets to your kitchen that match.
For instance, you may want to add an island with lower cabinets that match your refaced ones. It's also important that your cabinets are in good shape. If you have quality wood cabinets, they could last for many more years and look new with a new wood skin on them.
You Might Be Able To Use Your Kitchen
Refacing will probably take a few days, but it depends on the size of your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, the work might be completed in a single day. If you're not having other construction work done at the same time, such as installing new plumbing, sink, or countertops, you may be able to use your kitchen each evening when the work crew goes home.
Refacing doesn't create a lot of dust, and the crew is careful to contain and control the dust, so it may be possible to still use your kitchen if the work takes several days and you don't want to eat out every day.
Your Cabinets Will Look New
Since your cabinets have a new exterior made of a thin wood skin, the boxes look completely new. Add new doors and drawers, and the cabinets may look entirely different if you choose a different type of wood when they're refaced. You can also choose some upgrades like new cabinet hardware, soft-closing hinges, and even interior changes to the cabinets to make them more modern and easy to use.
You Save Money And Time
Cabinet refacing takes less time than installing new cabinets. If you're in a hurry to complete your remodeling project, that could be an incentive to choose refacing over replacement. However, the advantage you'll probably appreciate more is the lower cost. If you're unsure if refacing is right for you, have an estimate done and compare that price to the cost of new cabinets, and you'll probably see significant savings.
By saving money on your cabinets, you'll have more to go toward countertops or appliances. Even though refacing costs less, the results are just as good as getting new cabinets, so cabinet refacing could be the best use of your remodeling money.