Reface or Replace: What to do with your Kitchen Cabinets?

To maximize your budget and style, consider cabinet refacing instead of a full gut renovation.

When it comes to giving your kitchen a whole new look, cabinets play a big part. But what if you don’t have the time or budget for a total renovation? Refacing your cabinets can totally transform your space for a fraction of the cost.

What Is Cabinet Refacing?

Cabinet refacing allows you to update every surface while using the same “bones” of your current cabinets. You can swap out door fronts, drawer fronts and even upgrade your hardware with new hinges and pulls. For visible sections of cabinet boxes (like side panels), a new veneer or finish will be applied to complete the look.

At Furniture Medic, we partner with trusted vendors and manufacturers to create made-to-order cabinet fronts. From door styles and dimensions to stain and paint colors, you can find a perfect fit for any style kitchen.

Cabinet Refacing Pros & Cons

When it comes to big impact items in the kitchen, cabinetry is usually the most attention-grabbing component. So it makes sense to start there when determining your next steps. Will cabinet refacing work for your space or budget? Consider the following:

  • Costs. On average, cabinet refacing costs up to half as much as a full cabinet replacement.
  • Timeline. Often, the hands-on work needed for a full cabinet refacing takes 3-5 days. A full cabinet replacement can take upwards of a few weeks if custom cabinetry is being installed, new countertops are being templated and cut and so on.
  • Cabinet layout. For cabinet refacing, the current cabinet boxes remain in place (though minor repairs can be made to them). Additional upper or lower cabinets can be added if there is room. However, if the layout of your base cabinets doesn’t work for you, then you may need to opt for more than refacing.
  • Cabinet boxes. If the bones of your cabinets are in poor shape, a new skin won’t help save them. If the structure is sound, though, a refacing redo can add a decade or more to the lifespan of your cabinetry.
  • Doors, drawers, hinges and hardware. Updating the “face” of your cabinetry gives you a lot of options. New door and drawer fronts can bring an entirely new style to your kitchen, and updated hardware and hinges complete the look.
  • Disassembly is required. While full demolition isn’t part of a cabinet refacing project, the doors, drawer fronts, and hinges do need to be removed to prep the cabinet boxes.
  • Convenience. Hiring pros like the technicians at Furniture Medic means you don’t have to lift a finger and get to walk into a refreshed kitchen in less than a week.

Note: Unfortunately, metal cabinets or cabinets in a mobile home aren’t great candidates for a refacing project.

Find a Cabinet Refacing Expert Near You

Are you ready to see if refacing your cabinets is an option? Find your local Furniture Medic technician to learn more.