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Reface or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets?

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» Renovations
» Refinishing
» Kitchen Cabinets


Overview

Published: 02/08/2018 by Home Pros Guide

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If you're tired of your kitchen cabinets and ready for a change, you have an important decision to make: reface or replace? Cabinets play an important role in the kitchen and define the appearance and functionality of the room. Updating the cabinets can be an effective way to achieve high-impact results without the high cost of a major renovation.

Here are two options:

Cabinet refacing:

Cabinet refacing offers a brand-new look, even when the work is confined to the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The cabinet frames—the boxes that contain the shelves and drawers—all remain in place. And your kitchen doesn’t have to go out of commission for several weeks. Refacing is the less expensive of the two options

Cabinet refacing isn’t the right choice for every homeowner. If you do not like the current layout of your cabinets, or if your cabinets are poorly constructed or in any way compromised a new look would do nothing to alter or improve their usability.

Cabinet Replacement:

Whereas refacing affects only the look of your cabinetry, replacement opens up the possibility of fundamentally changing the layout and functionality of your kitchen.

Particularly in the kitchen, where so many components fit tightly together, renovation often involves a series of separate-but-related undertakings. For example if you remove the base cabinets from one part of the kitchen, then you’ll have to add flooring where they once stood. Similarly, once you’ve decided to install new cabinets, you may be tempted to spring for new countertops as well. One thing leads to another, which means that cabinet replacement, already a more labor-intensive and expensive proposition than refacing, can run up significantly higher costs.

Whichever route you choose you’ll need to make the final decision and a little guidance along the way can smooth the process. To help figure out the best choice for your kitchen, let a professional give you the rundown on the benefits of each option.