Pros and Cons of Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets

19 Jan Pros and Cons of Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets

old kitchenScratched, faded, and squeaky cupboards should be a thing of the past, yet many people still have them in their homes. If this sounds like your kitchen, it’s time for a remodel. But hiring a cabinet maker is so expensive! Not to mention, the remodel could take weeks.

Instead, consider more affordable options, like refacing your cabinets. To reface your cabinets, you’ll either replace the doors on your existing cabinets with new ones. Or, if the cupboards are still in good shape, you’ll sand away the varnish or paint and apply a new color. However, this process comes with some key pros and cons.

Pro: It’s more affordable than getting a new set of cabinets from a cabinet maker.

By simply refacing your cabinets, you can save up to half of what you would have paid a cabinet maker. Even if you get a fairly reasonable quote from a cabinet maker, there are always hidden costs and bumps along the way, which end up costing you much more in the long run. Refacing is a simple process that will make a big difference.

Con: If you want it to look good, it needs to be done by a professional.

This is one DIY project you probably shouldn’t attempt, unless you happen to have a considerable amount of cabinet making experience. You’ll want to hire someone who knows what he’s doing. Still, this cost is considerably less than a total cabinet makeover.

Pro: You can choose from a variety of design styles.

You have your choices when choosing the best refacing style for you. You can choose from a variation of dark to light wood varnishes, paints, and vinyl coverings. Depending on what you choose, you can enjoy both an attractive and durable new kitchen workspace.

Con: You’re stuck with the existing size, shape, and interior of your cabinets

The good thing about a total cabinet rehaul is that you can reform your kitchen and make it more functional. With a simple refacing, you can only enjoy the look of the outside of your cabinets; the inside will still be the same as before.

If that’s a problem for you, we recommend forgetting the refacing option and go for brand new, ready to assemble (RTA) cabinets for your kitchen. You can custom order any cabinets you like, ultimately solving any functionality problems in your kitchen. Also, depending on the depth of your refacing project, the cost of RTA cabinets is comparable, and you won’t have to hire anyone to help you install them.

If you decide that you need a brand new, DIY kitchen that will be both functional and attractive, check out our products tab to view your options.

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