Cabinet replacement or refacing

Cabinet replacement or refacement: Which is better?

If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, chances are you’re considering redoing your cabinets. You may have looked at a lot of different options such as cabinet painting, cabinet refacing, and cabinet replacement. Which is best for you? What is each? We’ll go into cabinet refacing and cabinet replacement to help you make the best choice for you and your budget.

What is cabinet refacing?

Cabinet refacing is exactly how it sounds… A company will come in and fit your current cabinet layout for new “faces”, or outward facing appearance. Usually the “facing” will be done in laminate (though sometimes it can be done with real wood veneer), and will cover all of the exterior surfaces of the cabinets. Depending on the facing company, your drawers and doors may even be completely new. Generally the insides of your cabinets will remain the same, and you can even leave everything inside of your cabinets while refacing is being completed.

What is cabinet replacement?

Cabinet replacement involves the partial or total removal of your old cabinets to be replaced with new cabinets. Often this will take a lot longer than a refacing job, and will usually cost more for the new materials as well.

Which is best?

It’s important to note the pros and cons of each process. Cabinet refacing typically costs about half the price of totally replacing your cabinets, takes less time, and you can still use your kitchen while it’s happening. Cabinet refacing won’t fix structural issues with cabinets, water damage, or physical warping or deformities, though it can hide them. Basically if the “bones” of your cabinets are still in great condition, you may want to opt for refacing.

The big question to ask yourself is: do you like the layout of your cabinets now? If you have trouble with the layout of your kitchen, cabinets are too high or too low, then refacing won’t fix it, but replacement will.

Your budget will also determine what is best for your kitchen facelift. If you’re looking at a low budget, or looking to facelift a kitchen for resale, you may want to opt for refacing over a total gut job. If you need to add more cabinets however, or make room for special appliances, you’ll likely want to go all new. Refacing can save you a bit of money — and the stress of a full kitchen makeover.

Whichever you decide, j. ellen Design LLC can help you with your kitchen remodeling project. Just contact us today to get started!

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