How Much Does Cabinet Refacing Cost?
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If you just purchased your new home, or maybe you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen altogether. Remodeling a kitchen can be rather expensive, and instead of going all on each piece of the house, there are cost efficient ways of saving such as refacing your cabinets. Refacing the cabinets allow you to use the same cabinets that your kitchen has right now, but the overall appearance will improve, as will the color and the look.
How much is it?
- If you’re going to hire a general contractor, or a franchised service, most companies are going to charge you per opening. For every cabinet opening that you have, the price is going to vary anywhere from $75 to $175 per opening, depending on the size and the style.
- Instead of an opening, you may find that other companies charge per “linear foot.” If this is the case, the average estimate per linear foot is anywhere from $130 to $200 per. Your average kitchen in the United States may cost around $3,500 to complete the entire project. The average kitchen measures out to 200 square feet, or 30 linear feet of cabinetry.
- On top of each opening that your cabinet has, most contractors will also charge you for materials, as well as their time. This alone can tack on an extra $20 – $50 per hour on top of your opening price.
- If you decide to do it yourself, you will have to invest into a sander, as well stain and other various equipment. If you decide to rent the equipment, it may cost $20 – $50 / day. If you want to purchase your sander, it can range from $50 – $300+.
What is going to be included?
- Getting your cabinets refaced will include a brand new color, as well as a surface that is 100% sanded down.
- If you choose to do so, most companies will also allow you to chose new cabinet handles, as well as a new design.
- During the procedure, cabinet and drawer doors will be removed completely. Once removed, the rest of the cabinets will be “veneered.” This process can take up to 2 days depending on the size of the cabinets. Once the rest of the cabinets have been finished, new doors and cabinets will be ordered in.
What are the extra costs?
- If you choose to have your cabinet / drawer handles replaced, you may have to pay for each additional handle. On average, most handles are going to cost $2 to $20 per item. Depending on the contractor, they may charge extra to install each handle.
- Choosing a different type of material may also cost you extra as well. Choosing a different type of material may tack on an extra $100 per cabinet.
- Additional paint supplies if considering painting, rather than refacing. Supplies can cost anyhwere from $30 to $100.
- Disposal of the older doors can cost extra depending on the amount of cabinet parts that need to be towed away.
Tips to know:
- When searching for a contractor, be sure to check the local BBB as well as ask for recommendations from friends and family.
- Each type of veneer is going to greatly influence the price. For example, real wood veneer is going to cost a lot more than plastic veneers.
- Consider the molding around the cabinets as many homeowners tend to replace this when the cabinets get refaced.
How can I save money?
- Contact at least five different companies, as well as contractors. Use a service such as ServiceMagic to find legitimate companies in your area.
- A do-it-yourself job can be done, but it can be rather tough. Consider doing the job yourself if you have experience working with other home related projects. If unfamiliar with the task, it may be best to leave it up to a professional.
- A cheaper consideration would be to paint over the older cabinets rather than refinish them. While the overall look may not be as good as the wood, it can be a great alternative to consider.