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Cabinet Refacing Costs

Cabinet refacing is a fantastic way to transform a kitchen's or bathroom's look without going to the trouble and considerable expense of a complete renovation. While cabinet refacing cannot correct a poorly designed space the way renovation can, it can update the kitchen's appearance to suit the taste of the home's current owner or to reflect modern styles. Usually, this type of project can be completed in less than a week's time and without forcing those living in the home to stop using the kitchen. 

National Reface Cabinets Costs

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National Reface Cabinets Costs
Average reported cost $6,363
Number of Cost Profiles 1503 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $180
Maximum reported cost $13,000
Most homeowners spent between: $5,135 to $7,199

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What is Cabinet Refacing?

With this home improvement project, all visible portions of bathroom or kitchen cabinetry 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 part of the refacing. Additionally, some homeowners decide to install new countertops at the same time. This is completely optional, but some contractors will offer a deal for doing a combined refacing and countertop project.

Options for Materials

A wealth of options are available for cabinet refacing. Many of these choices will affect the overall cost of the project. Choosing Rigid Thermofoil, or RTF, doors is perhaps the least expensive option. RTF uses fiberboard coated by a tough vinyl film. It's available in a wide variety of solid colors, textures and patterns. Plastic laminate is another trusted option. Generally, it's slightly more expensive than RTF, but it is also versatile and durable. The most expensive option is solid wood doors and drawer fronts. This provides a more customized look. While solid wood costs more, it has the authentic appearance that some homeowners demand.

How Much Does Refacing Cost?

In the broadest terms, refacing costs about half of what it would cost to completely replace kitchen cabinetry. The average kitchen is about 10 feet by 12 feet and features approximately 30 linear feet of cabinetry. Frequently, contractors will quote estimates based on the linear foot. Accordingly, a larger kitchen will have more cabinetry, and therefore, the 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 and as much as $5,000. 

Of course, your bathroom requires less cabinetry. Expect bathroom cabinet prices to be roughly half that of your kitchen cabinet costs.

Cabinet Refacing: Worth the Investment

In most homes, it is the cabinet doors and door fronts that receive the largest share of scrapes and scuffs. If the cabinet frames are still in good shape, then refacing is a much more affordable and convenient alternative to ripping out the existing cabinets and starting over. The relative affordability of kitchen or bathroom cabinet refacing makes it a wonderful opportunity to update the look of the two most important rooms without breaking the bank. Whether you're hoping to sell the property or simply want an updated look, cabinet refacing is the way to go when existing framework is still in good shape.

Last updated on Aug 24, 2016

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