Cabinet Refacing Versus Replacing For Kitchen Remodeling

Answered by Brendan ~ December 1, 2010 ~ Comments

The kitchen in my Opelika, Alabama, home has painted cabinets with plain slab doors. I'd love to have natural wood cabinets, though my budget is modest. How much more would it cost for some new contractor-grade cabinets versus cabinet refacing with new contractor grade doors, drawer fronts, hardware, and laminate applied to the cases?

Lundon L. ~ Opelika, Alabama

Brendan Fowler

There is no cheap way out of upgrading your cabinets, however re-facing your existing cabinets will certainly be cheaper than replacing them. I would budget roughly $300-$600 per cabinet for replacement. You will also need to factor in the cost of new countertops, back splash, and fixtures if they are going to be replaced. The cost of re-facing will cost in the range of $275 - $375 per cabinet. The average kitchens has between 13 and 20 cabinets, a kitchen similar this would cost roughly $8000 for replacement and $5500 for re-facing.

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