There are a lot of different decisions that need to be made involving a kitchen renovation project. Among the most important is what you want to do with your cabinetry. Do you want to reface your kitchen cabinets or replace them?
There are pros and cons of doing each. Your decision should boil down to is what is best for you. You should take your budget, preferences, and the state of your current cabinets into consideration when making your decision.
Refacing versus installing new cabinets is discussed in greater detail below.
Buying New Cabinets
Some circumstances dictate that new cabinets are necessary. This is often the case when your kitchen cabinets are in such bad shape that they are falling apart or are water damaged. When your cabinets are in such a state of disrepair, simply replacing them will do little to help.
It is also a wise idea to replace poor quality cabinets. If the cabinets currently in your kitchen are not of high quality, then there is a good chance they will wear out some time in the future. You are most likely better off biting the bullet and replacing them than refacing them only to replace them later on.
Finally, buying and installing new cabinets is beneficial if you want to change the layout of your kitchen. Many people that do serious remodeling projects opt to tear out their cabinets and replace them so they can change up the orientation of their kitchen and set it up exactly as they like.
Refacing Your Existing Cabinets
Let’s get right to the point here, refacing your existing cabinets is almost always a better choice than replacing. It is far more affordable than replacing. In fact, it can cost up to 50% less when all is said and done.
Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a facelift. It can be done by itself or alongside a larger renovation project. It also takes less time than replacing and gives you the ability to still use your kitchen during the process.
So what exactly is refacing? It involves covering the exposed part of their frames with a thin veneer (often made of either real wood or plastic laminate) and replacing the doors and drawer fronts to match. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding are the finishing touches.
Refacing is neat because it makes it look like you installed new cabinets in your kitchen when you actually just installed new fronts to existing cabinets.
How to Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets
While there is no doubt that refacing can be a DIY project, most people opt to have a professional come in and do the job the right way. If you really want to try your hand at refacing, then you should probably still hire a professional to come in and take the proper measurements. This ensures that you the proper measurements as far as hardware goes.