A popular trend in kitchen cabinet remodeling is to simply reface your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. Refacing kitchen cabinets is simply when you get new doors and drawer fronts for your kitchen cabinets and apply a matching veneer to the rest. Not only is this a more environmentally friendly option, but it is also a big money saver over getting new cabinetry. Here are some of the ways cabinet refacing will save you money.
No Extra Eating Out
When you are doing a complete kitchen remodel, you can bet that your kitchen will be out of order at some point. When this happens, you will find yourself eating out and paying a lot more than you would if you were cooking at home. With kitchen cabinet refacing, only your doors will be gone, the rest of your kitchen will remain in perfect working order. This means you will only be eating out when you want to eat out and will thus save you this extra cost.
Less Remodeling Materials
In addition, brand new kitchen cabinets come with a much larger price tag than kitchen cabinet refacing because you are paying for more material to make the kitchen cabinets. With kitchen refacing, the only new material you are paying for is the kitchen doors and maybe some vinyl covering. That is a significantly smaller amount of material which means a much smaller price tag.
Pay for Less Labor
Installing all new kitchen cabinets requires a lot of labor. You have to pay someone to come out and measure your space, plan your cabinets, demo your old cabinets, clean that up and then install your new cabinets which is a very time intensive project. With kitchen cabinet refacing, someone comes out to measure your doors, makes new doors to fit, installs new doors and applies a veneer so your entire cabinet looks the same. Doesn't that sound like a lot less work? Well less work means less people and hours you will have to pay for and therefore cuts costs even more.
You Can Do-It-Yourself
If you are the DIY type, you can save yourself even more money on labor. You can measure all of the doors yourself and send the measurements in to a company to have your new doors made. When they arrive, hang your new doors and carefully add the wood veneer to your old cabinets. If you are really ambitious, you can take the time to cut, route and finish the wood yourself. Either way, you will save more money on labor. If you were to choose all new kitchen cabinets instead of refacing, there would be much less that you could do yourself, which means one more person you would have to pay.
So when you are considering a new look for your kitchen cabinets, keep refacing in mind. It can save you thousands of dollars over new cabinetry and will provide you with the remodeled look you want.