Is Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Worth The Cost?
Kitchen upgrades and updates can be some of the most expensive home improvements to invest in and one of the reasons for that is simply that they’re some of the most highly valued updates in the home. Consider for instance the credo of realtors everywhere: “You’re not selling the house, you’re selling the kitchen,” which is why homeowners are willing to dump tens of thousands of dollars into remodeling their kitchen before sale, because not only does it increase the likelihood that the house will sell, but they’re likely to recoup the majority of that on the sale of the house. For those who aren’t interested in spending major money on a full kitchen remodel, there are a number of options to add a great deal of value to the home for not a lot of money.
One of the most expensive things in the kitchen to replace are the cabinets. Cabinets can run anywhere from $40 to $300 per linear foot depending on whether you want to go with stock cabinets or have them custom designed. For those with deteriorating woodwork, replacing may be the only option at their disposal, but if the skeleton of the cabinet is still in good shape, there may be no good reason to have them replaced entirely. In those instances a simple refacing may do the trick. In other instances refinishing may be an even cheaper option.
The difference between refacing and refinishing is subtle but important. Refacing is a more labor intensive process that also requires more materials. Refacing is also a more elaborate makeover for the cabinetry that entails removing all the front facing parts—the doors, the drawers, and the veneer—and either replacing them or repainting them. This will run the average person between 20% and 50% of the cost of replacing the cabinets completely, and can make your kitchen look completely different.
Refinishing on the other hand involves the sanding and smoothing out of dings and scratches in the outward facing woodwork, and then repainting it. While the process of refinishing isn’t nearly as elaborate as refacing, it also generally runs only a third of the cost of refacing and can have a major impact on the aesthetics of the kitchen.
“Cabinet refinishing or refacing your kitchen cabinets makes the most sense for the majority of our customers,” says one San Diego cabinet specialist. “There’s only really two good reasons to go in read more there in rip out the cabinets completely. The first is if the structure of the cabinets themselves has somehow become compromised with water damage, mold, or rotting wood. The other reason is that you’re unhappy with the amount of space you have.”