How Much Does Cabinet Refacing Cost?
Most homeowners spend between $5,069 to $7,196 nationally.
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Your kitchen and bathroom cabinets take a lot of abuse. While the outside of the cabinet may look weathered, the rest of the cabinet is often perfectly fine. In these scenarios, the best way to revamp your kitchen design and save some cash is by refacing your cabinets. Cabinet Refacing is a relatively quick and simple project that costs less than full cabinet replacement.
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National Reface Cabinets Costs
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|National Average Cost||$6,324|
|Average Range||$5,069 to $7,196|
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Table of Contents
- Cabinet Refacing Costs
- Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) Cabinet Refacing Prices
- Plastic Laminate Cabinet Refacing Prices
- Wood Veneers Cabinet Refacing Prices
- Solid Wood Cabinet Refacing Prices
- Refacing Cabinet Costs Vs. Cabinet Installation Costs
- Refacing Cabinet Costs Vs. Cabinet Refinishing Costs
- What Is Cabinet Refacing?
- Cabinet Refacing Advantages
- Cabinet Refacing Disadvantages
- DIY Or Hire A Cabinet Contractor?
- Find A Cabinet Contractor
Cabinet Refacing Costs
Your bathroom or kitchen cabinet refacing costs will largely depend on materials, the size of the room and your remodeling contractor. Most cabinet contractors charge by the linear foot. Therefore, refacing kitchen cabinets tends to cost more than bathroom cabinet refacing because there is much more to cover. Also, experienced cabinet contractors charge more per linear foot because they know how to get the job quickly and efficiently.
Finally, materials will affect the bottom line. Cabinet refacing with basic materials, such as Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) or laminate, costs between $1,500 and $3,500. Upgrade to slightly better materials, like wood veneers, and the cost will likely range between $3,000 and $5,000. Finally, customized, solid wood refacing may cost as little as $4,000 or as much as $9,000.
Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) Cabinet Refacing Prices
As you saw above, there are four materials to choose from when it comes to cabinet refacing. Choosing RTF doors is 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.
Unlike some of the other options, RTF can be shaped and molded over various cabinet door styles and designs. Some homeowners say RTF mimics the look of real wood, without the price tag. RTF is very durable, but is heat sensitive. Therefore, if you cook a lot, you may want to consider one of the other kitchen cabinet refacing options.
If you use RTF, expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,500 to reface your cabinets.
Plastic Laminate Cabinet Refacing Prices
One step above RTF is laminate refacing. Laminate cabinet refacing is generally a bit more expensive than RTF, but it’s almost always more durable. Luckily, this versatile option comes in many colors, but not as many styles as RTF.
The two types of laminate are low-pressure laminate and high-pressure laminate. If you cook a lot and spend a lot of time in your kitchen, we highly recommend high-pressure laminate, as it will stand up to use and heat better than low-pressure laminate. On the other hand, if you rarely cook, you can get away with low-pressure laminate, the cheaper alternative.
If you use plastic laminate, expect to pay between $2,000 and $4,000 to reface your cabinets.
Wood Veneers Cabinet Refacing Prices
Jumping into the upper echelon of cabinet refacing, wood veneers increase your costs by at least 10%, but they also bring about numerous advantages. First and foremost, wood veneers (and solid wood) offer that real wood look we all desire. In fact, laminate and RTF grows more outdated every day and therefore, wood veneers is still an affordable option still in vogue.
Wood veneers also offer variety. You can use oak, maple, cherry, birch, walnut, and other wood tones. Of course, there are few drawbacks as well. Beyond a higher price, you have to seal wood veneers and solid wood cabinets. If you don’t, expect a cabinet repair or two in the near future.
If you use wood veneers, expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,000 to reface your cabinets.
Solid Wood Cabinet Refacing Prices
Finally, the most durable and most beautiful option for any cabinet project is always solid wood. Solid wood provides a more customized look than any other material mentioned above. While solid wood costs more, it has the authentic appearance that many homeowners and potential homebuyers demand.
If you use solid wood, expect to pay between $4,000 and $9,000 to reface your cabinets.
Refacing Cabinet Costs Vs. Cabinet Installation Costs
In general, cabinet refacing costs about half the cost of installing new kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Therefore, the relative affordability of kitchen or bathroom cabinet refacing makes it a wonderful opportunity to update two most important rooms without breaking the bank.
If cost is not a factor, there are other signs to help you determine if refacing is better than installation.
- If the cabinet frames are still in good shape, reface your cabinets.
- If you’re looking to save money, reface your cabinets.
- If you broke a few cabinets, install new cabinets.
- If you’ve repaired or refaced your cabinets multiple times, install new cabinets.
- If you want to change your kitchen layout, install new cabinets.
Refacing Cabinet Costs Vs. Cabinet Refinishing Costs
If you’re still unsure of what to do, you may want to consider cabinet refinishing. As opposed to applying a new topcoat to all cabinets, cabinet refinishing entails changing the color or painting your existing cabinets. Because you are not adding any new materials (other than paint) or embarking on major work (you just have to sand), cabinet refinishing costs are usually less than cabinet refacing. The cost to refinish cabinets is approximately $2,400, with most homeowners paying between $1,800 and $2,800.
Bonus Tip: While very similar, you could also consider glazing your kitchen cabinets.
What Is Cabinet Refacing?
Unlike replacing or refinishing cabinets, all visible portions of bathroom or kitchen cabinetry are given a veneer covering, or new skin, with all cabinet refacing projects. 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 all kitchen and bathroom cabinet refacing projects. Additionally, some homeowners decide to install new countertops at the same time. This is completely optional, but some cabinet contractors offer a deal for combining the two.
Cabinet Refacing Advantages
By now, you’re most likely leaning towards refacing your cabinets. After all, there’s no better way to quickly change the look of your kitchen without spending a fortune to do so. Nevertheless, it helps to know all the advantages that come with any remodel, including cabinet refacing:
- Cost Savings: Compared to cabinet installation, cabinet refacing is usually half the price.
- New Design: Without replacing your kitchen base cabinets or upper cabinets, you can change the look and feel of your kitchen by refacing everything.
- Easy: While cabinet refacing is not an easy DIY project, it’s very easy for trained professionals. In addition to costing less, professional cabinet refacing takes up much less time than cabinet replacement.
- Green Project: Refacing is a green remodeling project as you don’t have to throw away your old cabinets and add to a landfill.
Cabinet Refacing Disadvantages
Every kitchen and bathroom remodeling project comes with a few cons as well. Despite what you see on TV, every project has a few surprises, delays or hassles behind the scenes. Therefore, before you embark on any kitchen cabinet refacing projects, consider the following obstacles:
- Same Layout: Your cabinets remain in the same position. If your kitchen feels small, chances are, it will still feel small after refacing.
- Hard to DIY: Cabinet refacing is not an impossible project to DIY, but it’s very difficult.
- Costly: While you do save compared to cabinet installation, as you can see above, cabinet refacing still costs a pretty penny.
- Limitations: You can’t reface all cabinets. If your kitchen or bathroom cabinets are damaged or made of metal, you can’t reface them. Additionally, cabinet refacing does nothing to the interior of the cabinet.
- Old Cabinets Remain: Cabinets wear and tear over the years. Eventually, you’ll have to replace them. Cabinet refacing does not delay that inevitable.
DIY Or Hire A Cabinet Contractor?
As said above, cabinet refacing is not an easy DIY project. It takes precise measurement, as well experience working with certain materials like RTF and veneering tools. Furthermore, seeing as you’re trying to save money by not replacing your cabinets, you have to make sure you don’t damage your existing cabinetry. If a mistake does not happen, cabinet replacement might follow.
Nevertheless, if you’re up for a challenge, expect to spend somewhere between $200 and $500 on materials and tools. Add this to the cost of your time (project could take 10 to 20 hours to complete) and you’ll get your total DIY cost. If it’s worth it, go for it.
For more DIY tips, please see HomeAdvisor.
Find A Cabinet Contractor
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. If you’re ready to embark on such a project, let ImproveNet help you find reliable cabinet contractors near you.
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Last updated on Dec 20, 2017