How Much Does It Cost to Reface Kitchen Cabinets?
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Remodeling a kitchen can be rather expensive, and instead of going all out on each piece of the house, there are cost-efficient ways of saving money, such as refacing your cabinets. Refacing the cabinets allow you to use the same cabinets that your kitchen has right now, but the process will change the color and the look.
How much is it?
- The cost of refacing your cabinets will depend on the company you choose, the refacing option you use, amount of cabinets and your geographical location.
- 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.
- 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 linear foot. Your average kitchen, which is about 200 square feet or 30 linear feet, in the United States may cost around $3,500 to complete the entire project. If a high-quality veneer is being used, such as wood, this cost can almost double.
- On top of each opening that your cabinet has, most contractors will also charge you for materials and 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 in a sander, stain and other various equipment. If you decide to rent the equipment, it may cost $20 – $50 per day. If you want to purchase your sander, it can range from $50 – $300+.
- Houzz notes a smiple paint job can cost a few hundred, but an extensive refacing job can cost $5,000 to $15,000.
What is going to be included?
- When refacing cabinets, there are three common options: plastic laminate, rigid thermofoils (RTF) and wood. Plastic can look like wood and will come in a variety of colors. It won’t be as durable as RTF and is limited to plain looking cabinets. RTF is a vinyl foil pressure molded over a fiberboard door. This material can be shaped in a number of styles and its wood grain makes it look realistic. A high-quality wood veneer will be the most expensive option and can come in virtually any wood type such as cherry, birch, walnut and maple.
- Before a contractor starts the process, they will come to your home and measure the cabinets. With this measurement, they will be able to determine the number of doors and drawers need, along with the amount of veneer required. From here, they will place the order for the doors and drawers; this can take up to two weeks.
- 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 two days depending on the size of the cabinets. Once the rest of the cabinets have been finished, the new doors and cabinets will be installed.
- Depending on the size of the kitchen, most jobs can be completed within two days.
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 handle. This will depend on the size and material. 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.
- Disposing of older doors can cost extra depending on the amount of cabinet parts that need to be thrown away.
Tips to know:
- As long as your cabinets are in good condition with no water damage or broken frames, it should be a good candidate.
- 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 affect 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 HomeAdvisor.comc 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. Products, such as the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit, receives rave reviews.
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