Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates

Keeping Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Costs Low

by Joe Cooper
Kitchens and Cabinets Columnist

Kitchen cabinet refacing costs around half the price of new kitchen cabinets, but it can still cost $3,000 to $5,000. Here are some steps you can take to keep cabinet refacing costs low and stay within your cabinet refacing budget.

Kitchen cabinet refacing is a great way to renew your kitchen without the typical cost of a kitchen remodel. Cabinet refacing costs can be much lower than the cost of new kitchen cabinets. But keeping them low can take some care. Having a good idea of cabinet refacing costs before you start is the first step. Gathering competitive cabinet refacing bids and evaluating each of them is the next. And keeping a big picture perspective on your cabinet refacing project is the third.
  1. Determine a budget before interviewing kitchen cabinet refacing contractors.
  2. Contractors can often inflate a budget. Do your cabinet research first and settle on a comfortable number.
  3. Don't take the lowest cabinet refacing bid simply because it's the lowest.
  4. Consumer Reports reported that homeowners who went with the lowest bid for remodeling projects faced more delays and were less satisfied in the end. This may not necessarily be the case with your kitchen cabinet refacing project, but it's a risk.
  5. Consider the extras.
  6. You don't have to replace your countertops, backsplash, or any other element of your kitchen while refacing your kitchen cabinets, but it might make sense. Adding on extras will increase the cost, no doubt; but doing these projects at the same time as your cabinet refacing may save you time and money in the long run.

Kitchen cabinet refacing can be an economical alternative to replacing cabinets--but only if you keep tabs on the costs.

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