Is It Cheaper To Reface My Kitchen Cabinets?

Maybe you’ve been in your kitchen lately, preparing your dinner, and you’ve looked around and come to a realization: your cabinets are looking tired.

No matter how much you look after them or how often you clean them, your cabinets are not going to last for ever. From grease marks to chips and scratches, once your cabinets start showing their age they can become an unsightly blemish you notice every time you walk into your kitchen.

So, you may then start looking into getting new cabinets installed, but this is often quite expensive. What if there was a cheaper option to give your cabinets a much needed face lift without having to go all out on replacements.

Refacing you kitchen cabinets could well be the answer. This involves covering the exposed cabinet frames with a veneer and adding new doors, drawer fronts and even new handles, knobs and hinges.

To reface or to replace?

When it comes to deciding if you want to reface your kitchen cabinets rather than replace them, there are several pros and cons that you need to consider to decide which option is best for you.


Cost – One of the biggest pros of refacing your kitchen cabinets rather than replacing them is the cost. The exact cost of refacing can vary depending on the materials used, but generally speaking, it can cost almost 50% less that replacing your cabinets. This is because you don’t have to do a full replacement, so don’t have to cover the cost of replacing the frames of the cabinets.

Convenience – Because there is less work involved in refacing your cabinets, it can be a much quicker job to complete than a full on replacement. Not only will this save you money on labour, it will mean less inconvenience for you overall. In most cases, you should even still be able to use your kitchen while the refacing is taking place.

Choice – When it comes to deciding what you want your refaced cabinets to look like, you have an almost limitless variety of woods and veneers to choose from, meaning you are almost guaranteed to get a look you’re happy with.


Won’t be enough  – Refacing is a great option if you just want to give your cabinets a touch up. However, if you want to make a more dramatic change, or if there is serious damage, including to the internal frame of your cabinets, then a simple refacing will not repair your cabinets and instead a full replacement will be necessary.

Less design options – Due to the nature of refacing, you are not able to redesign your kitchen or change the layout of the cabinets, meaning you will not be able to make as big a change in your kitchen overall. Again, if you want to make a big change and completely change the look of your kitchen, replacement cabinets will be necessary.

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