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Cabinet Repair Costs

Although many homeowners pay more attention to things like the appliances or even the flooring, the truth is that cabinets play a big role in the overall look of a kitchen or bathroom. Sleek, flat-paneled cabinets can help create a contemporary look to match the rest of a newly renovated home, and engraved wooden cabinets with visible grains and knots give it a rustic, country feel that might be perfect. Either way, there is no doubt that cabinets matter. Unfortunately, cabinets can become damaged over time. This basic guide can give homeowners a breakdown of the average costs of services associated with cabinet repair in the kitchen.

National Repair Cabinets Costs

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National Repair Cabinets Costs
Average reported cost $318
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Minimum reported cost $55
Maximum reported cost $900
Most homeowners spent between: $189 to $320

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Repairing Damage on Painted Cabinets

One of the most common repairs for kitchen or bathroom cabinets is touching up minor scratches in the paint. In fact, this is so simple that some homeowners may be able to do it on their own. As long as the paint matches the cabinets perfectly, it is a simple job to touch up where needed. Make sure you let the paint dry and then admire the handiwork. Some damage is too large to simply be touched up with a spot of paint. In these cases, all of the cabinets will have to be repainted so that they match perfectly. This involves removing the old paint, sanding down the surface and then repainting each cabinet one at a time. While certainly cheaper than completely replacing the cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom, this service will cost upwards of $490.

Repairing Damage on Wooden Cabinets

Since wooden cabinets can't simply be painted over when there is damage, this repair can sometimes be pricey. If the damage is widespread but not deep, it may be able to be fixed by removing the panels and sanding them down. Then, each panel will be refinished with a stain or clear sealant. Of course, the exact price of this service will depend on the severity of the damage, which dictates how deep the carpenters need to sand, and the overall size of the cabinets themselves. Expect to pay anywhere between $420 and $796 for just 100 square feet of wooden cabinet refinishing.

Replacing or Repairing Hardware

One of the most affordable repairs is the hardware of the cabinets. If a knob falls off or a handle breaks, it is certainly possible for a DIY-enthused homeowner to get out their tools and replace the hardware alone. However, those who want to hire a professional can do so for the cost of the materials and one hour's worth of labor, which will tend to be in the neighborhood of $50 for a single job.

The services above are just a sampling of the most common types of cabinet repair services available. It is also common for homeowners to hire a professional to repair the under-cabinet lighting in their kitchen, or they may want to have the cabinets rehung to make them more secure.

Last updated on Aug 24, 2016

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