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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: Why It's a Good Buy

by Joe Cooper
Kitchens and Cabinets Columnist
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A typical kitchen remodel can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Kitchen cabinet refacing, on the other hand, costs an average of $1,000 to $5,000, providing a viable alternative to an expensive remodeling project. So why is cabinet refacing so affordable?

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The Kitchen Remodel's Big Price Tag

The most expensive part of a kitchen remodel is usually new kitchen cabinets. The next biggest cost is labor and installation. Buying and installing new kitchen cabinets can cost between $5,000 and $30,000 on average, driving the price of a remodel very high.

Choosing new kitchen cabinets involves the complete removal of existing cabinets. Removing such a large piece of the kitchen can often reveal other problems, such as floor and wall damage that is otherwise unnoticed. This damage might have been easy to live with before, but now that it has been exposed, it will need repair before new kitchen cabinets can be installed. These repair costs also drive up the total kitchen remodeling cost.

Why is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Affordable?

Here's why kitchen cabinet refacing costs are lower than the cost of new kitchen cabinets:
  • The "box" or core structure of the kitchen cabinets is left intact, allowing you to use a functional resource you already have.
  • The labor and material costs of refinishing and/or repainting your current cabinets is much lower then the cost of new doors and drawers.
  • Kitchen cabinet refacing allows homeowners the option of keeping existing countertops, sinks, appliances, and other fixtures without removing and reinstalling them.

And don't forget the contractor's hourly rate. Cabinet refacing takes about half the time of new cabinet installation, increasing your savings even more. If your kitchen needs a facelift, consider refacing and save yourself time, money and effort.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes home services and design articles and edits medical literature. He holds a bachelor's degree in American Literature from UCLA.

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