Wondering if cabinet refacing is right for you? There are many reasons to opt for cabinet refacing, but it’s important to assess the pros and cons first. In general, cabinet refacing is an affordable, relatively quick and dramatic way to improve the look and feel of your kitchen. It’s also a great option if you are already content with the layout of your kitchen (since refacing your cabinets will not change their location). Below is an overview of cabinet refacing and a few things to think about:
Understanding Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet refacing is a great, cost-saving option for many people. To decide if it’s right for you, you’ll want to understand the process. In a nutshell, cabinet refacing is simply replacing the cabinet skins – meaning replacing the doors, drawer fronts and applying a new veneer over the existing surface of the body or “carcass” of the cabinets. Often times, the hardware – hinges, handles, drawer pulls – are also replaced during the process. This basically gives your cabinets a brand new look, feel without having to tear them out or replace them entirely.
When a cabinet refacing professional performs this service for you, you can typically expect this sort of timeframe:
*Day 1 – Remove hardware, doors and drawer fronts. Start the process of veneering, then pick up and clean up for the day.
*Day 2 – Continue the process of veneering, then pick up and clean up for the day.
*Day 3 – Wrap up the veneering. Install new doors and drawer fronts, along with brand new hardware. Make final adjustments per client instructions.
As you can see, cabinet refacing is not a lengthy or overly complex process. Cost-wise, cabinet refacing is more affordable than replacing your kitchen cabinets with premium, custom cabinets. That being said, it is more pricey than repainting or resurfacing your cabinets. To give you a price comparison, a professional refacing for a 12-foot kitchen can start at $1,000-$3,000 for laminate veneers, whereas all-new cabinets installed can cost $4,000-$5,000 or upwards of $20,000 for custom cabinets. If you opt to DIY cabinet refacing yourself, you can expect to spend $200 to $500 for veneer materials, plus the costs of new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware.
If you are looking for a quick and dramatic change to your kitchen, cabinet refacing can give you the fresh new look you desire for your kitchen cabinets and be a reasonably priced option.
Are Your Cabinets Eligible?
Keep in mind, not every cabinet is a good candidate for cabinet refacing. For example, some cabinets are made of flimsier materials that may not hold up to the cabinet refacing process. In most cases, older cabinets are made of sturdy construction versus newer factory-manufactured boxes and will take to new veneer fairly successfully. Cabinets that are eligible for cabinet refacing typically have the following elements:
*Sturdy box construction made of plywood or MDF panels that are smooth, solid, and in very good condition. Veneer will require a smooth, sturdy surface to adhere to.
*Internal hardware that is in good to excellent condition (drawer tracks or internal storage elements).
Final Thoughts on Cabinet Refacing
Still on the fence? Consider some of the pros and cons of cabinet refacing to help with your final decision. Some of the pros include keeping your kitchen layout intact (a great choice if you love your kitchen layout!), many quality style options, cost savings in comparison to cabinet replacement, and an eco-friendly option (keeps cabinets out of landfills!). Some of the cons may include: the wood veneers require finishing, no layout changes are possible, cabinet box interiors do not change, costs can add up depending on the finishes and hardware changes.
Contact Florida Cabinet Refacing Today
If you have decided that cabinet refacing is right for you, please get in touch! We’ll walk you through our process and give you a free estimate when you call (877) 8666-9525. You can also visit our website, Florida Cabinet Refacing, for more information.
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