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Appliance Refinishing Costs

Anyone house hunting who has walked into a kitchen that looked like it was straight out of the 1970s, with avocado green or harvest gold appliances and countertops, might have seriously considered running for the hills, or at least knocking a large amount off their offer price due to the cosmetic defects. However, refinishing a functional appliance can make the old look as good as new without the environmental or monetary cost of appliance replacement. Some appliances take to refinishing better than others, and the cost of the project will vary based upon the type and size of appliance as well as other factors.

National Refinish an Appliance Costs

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National Refinish an Appliance Costs
Average reported cost $379
Number of Cost Profiles 21 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $89
Maximum reported cost $2,000
Most homeowners spent between: $220 to $312

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The Average Cost to Refinish a Home Appliance

Homeowners reported that the average cost for home appliance refinishing was $300. Most homeowners paid between $263 and $337 to have an appliance refinished. At minimum, homeowners paid $150 to have an appliance refinished while at the upper end of the spectrum homeowners paid $495 for appliance refinishing. The cost to refinish an appliance will be higher if the appliance has to be hauled or shipped off-site for the work to be done.

Fortunately, this price is lower than the average countertop refinishing cost.

Considerations for Appliance Refinishing Projects

When remodeling a kitchen, if the existing appliances are fully functional and there aren't any dings or dents on their surfaces, refinishing them will usually cost less than replacing them. Some contractors may offer discounts for refinishing multiple appliances. Some appliances require specialized paints in order to be refinished, and this can add to the final cost. Larger appliances such as a commercial-grade refrigerator will cost more to refinish than an average- or small-sized unit. Appliance refinishing is not a DIY project as specialized paints and techniques are needed for effective, safe and aesthetically pleasing results.

When to Refinish Versus Replace an Appliance

If the appliance has reached its expected lifespan, is inefficient in its use of energy, or if it's not operating properly, homeowners are better off replacing rather than refinishing. If the appliances are working well, are energy-efficient, but simply don't look nice or don't match each other, then refinishing is an affordable and environmentally friendly option compared to the cost of purchasing new appliances and safely disposing of the old ones.

Last updated on Feb 16, 2017

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