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How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost?

By on Nov 27, 2014
How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost?

Few projects offer more options than kitchen cabinets and as a result, determining the true cost of kitchen cabinets can get tricky. Whether you’re refacing your rustic cabinets, refinishing your painted cabinets or installing cabinets for your new home, it always helps to know the average price of any kitchen remodeling project before jumping all in.

We have gathered the average costs associated with all kitchen cabinet projects. No matter what cabinet renovation project you are undertaking, some, if not all, of the following costs will be incurred.

Cabinet Refinishing Costs

Cost of Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet prices vary based on the project. As you may have guessed, installing new cabinets is more expensive than refacing and refacing cabinets is more expensive than refinishing. As you will soon read in more detail, the average prices for all three projects are:

Installing New Cabinets: $4,036
Refacing Cabinets: $3,200
Refinishing Cabinets: $2,264

Cabinet Installation Cost

Cabinet Installation Cost

There are many factors that go into installing new cabinets. Sadly, there is a cost associated with each step. To install new cabinets, homeowners must remove the old cabinets (if necessary), purchase new cabinets (or build) and then install or hire a pro.

Removing Old Cabinets

Out with the old and in with the new. An avid DIYer can certainly remove their old cabinets without a hitch, but for others, you must be careful. If you accidently damage the wall or new cabinets, it could cost you. On average, the cost of paying for professional kitchen cabinet removal is $300, but that number might rise depending on the size and weight of the cabinets. 

Custom Cabinets Vs. Stock Cabinets

Most homeowners go with stock cabinets or ready-made cabinets that can fit in multiple kitchen layouts and designs. However, as is the case with any home renovation project, you can buy custom cabinets to match your particular layout, décor and vision. Unsurprisingly, custom cabinets do come with a price. A single cabinet, of which a traditional kitchen typically has several, can cost around $800 including labor and materials.

To determine the number of cabinets your kitchen needs, measure how many linear feet require cabinetry. Then, multiply that number by $100 for basic cabinets, $200 for mid-range cabinets and $300 for upscale or custom cabinets.

Other Costs

After having your cabinets picked out (or built), purchased and delivered to the home, professionals can install them safely and securely. The average cost of installation alone is $1,834, but this will depend on how quickly the project needs to be completed.

As always, you can shed some of this cost by installing the cabinets yourself. See how at How To Install Kitchen Cabinets.

Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinet Refacing Costs

Cabinet refacing is just as it sounds. All visible aspects of the cabinets are given a veneer covering. This includes exposed parts of the cabinet frames, the cabinet doors and the drawer fronts. New toe kicks, trim and hardware are frequently included as well.

Cabinet Refacing Options

There are three primary options when it comes to cabinet refacing, the most expensive of which being solid wood doors. They present a customized look with an authentic appearance so many crave.

One step down is laminate. While it may sound cheap, just like counters, laminate refacing options come in a wide array of colors and is very versatile and durable.

Finally, the cheapest refacing option is rigid thermofoil or RTF. RTF uses fiberboard coated with a tough vinyl film. It comes in a wide variety of colors, but as you can expect, it’s not as durable as the other two options.

The Costs

The average kitchen is 22 square feet and features approximately 30 linear feet of cabinetry. Accordingly, a larger kitchen will have more cabinetry, and therefore, refacing will be more expensive. Using basic materials in most markets, the price for material and installation will be between $2,400 and $3,200. Upgrade to slightly better materials and the cost will likely range between $3,000 and $4,000. Finally, customized, solid-wood refacing may cost as little as $3,700 or as much as $5,000. 

Cabinet Installation

Cabinet Refinishing Costs

Where refacing gives your cabinets a new exterior, cabinet refinishing improves your cabinets’ existing exterior. Staining and painting are two of the most popular refinishing options, but as we jump ahead, one must determine if refinishing is the correct route.

Refinish or Replace?

Before deciding whether to refinish or replace your kitchen cabinets, there are a few important questions to consider:

  • Are the existing cabinets in good condition?
  • What materials were used in the original cabinets?
  • Is the cabinet style right for the current design?
  • How much money is available to cover remodeling costs?
  • Is time a factor?

Refinishing Options

Your refinishing options will largely depend on your current cabinets. If you have wood, staining is the most logical route for cabinet refinishing. Fortunately enough, it is also one of the easiest.

The other primary route is paint. Grease and grime that accumulates from cooking can make your cabinets look dull and worn, but a good coat of paint will have them looking like new again. Just like staining, you can paint your kitchen cabinets without the help of a professional.

The Costs

Hopefully, it’s clear that cabinet refinishing is one of the easier kitchen DIY projects. Anyone with a little patience and the right skills can recreate beautiful cabinets that improve the look of the kitchen in the long run. Nonetheless, it is by no means a quick process.

For those who don’t want to wait or get their hands dirty, the other option is to hire a contractor. While this may cost more, it can result in a more professional look that lasts longer than most DIY jobs. If you do hire a pro, expect to pay somewhere between $1,500 and $2,500.

Cabinet Refacing


The cost of kitchen cabinets varies depending on the project at hand. After you decide which route is best for your kitchen, decide if this is a project you can handle. If not, be sure to contact a local bathroom remodeling pro and get your kitchen looking like new.

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