Should I Reface or Buy All New Cabinets

Are you considering a kitchen renovation but hesitant about the cost and hassle of replacing all your cabinets? In the overwhelming majority of cases, refacing your cabinets is a smarter and more cost-effective choice than buying all new cabinets.

Here’s why:

  • Cost-Effective Solution: Refacing is a less expensive option with a better return on investment compared to purchasing and installing entirely new cabinets.
  • Preserving Cabinet Integrity: Kitchen cabinets are typically constructed from plywood boxes with doors attached or drawers. Despite years of use, the cabinet boxes themselves remain structurally sound. Refacing allows you to replace worn-out doors, drawers without the need to replace the entire cabinet structure.
  • Customization and Upgrades: Refacing provides an opportunity to upgrade to higher quality doors, hardware, and finishes, enhancing the overall look and functionality of your kitchen. With the cost savings from refacing, you can invest in premium materials that can make a significant difference in the aesthetics and durability of your cabinets.
  • Improved Efficiency: Refacing your cabinets is a much faster and less intrusive process compared to completely replacing them. The refacing process typically takes a fraction of the time it would take to remove and install new cabinets. This minimizes disruption to your daily routine and allows you to enjoy your updated kitchen sooner.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Refacing your cabinets is a more environmentally friendly option than buying new cabinets. By reusing the existing cabinet boxes and components, you reduce the amount of waste generated from disposing of old cabinets and manufacturing new ones.
  • Quality and Craftsmanship: When comparing comparably priced new cabinets imported from overseas to cabinets built decades ago in the USA, the difference in quality is evident. Older cabinets often feature superior craftsmanship and durability compared to mass-produced imported cabinets. Refacing allows you to maintain the quality and character of your original cabinets while upgrading them to meet modern design and functionality standards.

In conclusion:

Request a quote today to start your project. A consultation can be set up to explore your options, discuss customization possibilities, and create a plan that suits your style and budget. If you want to change your layout, we can help you with that as we do custom cabinetry to add onto your existing cabinets.

Here is an example of a reface where the cabinet boxes were preserved and the doors and drawer fronts were refaced. For more ideas and inspiration in the meantime review our portfolio. You can also check out Houzz Kitchen Ideas and Designs website page.

Before: Stained oak cabinets doors. The cabinets are structurally sound so this is perfect candidate for refacing.
After: Refaced with shaker style doors and custom crown molding added finished in Bungalow Beige, island finished in Otter.
After: Cabinet door panels on each side of the sink we replaced with textured
glass panels.