Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates

The Kitchen Question: Repaint, Reface, or Buy New?

by Joe Cooper
Kitchens and Cabinets Columnist

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, repainting, refacing, and installing new kitchen cabinets are three popular options. Read on for a comparison of these three remodeling choices, and what kitchen cabinet refacing has to offer.

A successful kitchen remodel will improve the look of your kitchen at a comfortable cost and a livable timeline. New kitchen cabinets offer the most dramatic change, but installation can be costly and time-intensive. Repainting offers the quickest, most affordable option, but doesn't significantly improve the look. Kitchen cabinet refacing offers a happy medium: an updated look that doesn't break the bank.

Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

  • Look. Repainting will only offer a new color and cleaner surface. Generally, you don't achieve the same brand new look with repainting as with refacing.
  • Cost. Surprisingly, the cost of repainting kitchen cabinets is not much lower than that of refacing. Contractors' bids can range from $2,300 to $8,000 or more. For the price, refacing is a more value-conscious investment.
  • Timeline. You might save 1 to 5 days in a kitchen cabinet repainting project. But in the end, the extra time is well worth the brand new look you achieve through kitchen cabinet refacing.

Installing New Kitchen Cabinets

  • Look. New Kitchen cabinets look - well, new. But so do refaced kitchen cabinets. Refacing also lets your kitchen cabinets keep their shape, not to mention the walls and countertops.
  • Cost. New kitchen cabinets can cost as much as $30,000. Kitchen cabinet refacing can cost $2,500 - $10,000. Enough said.
  • Timeline. New kitchen cabinets are a major renovation. Anywhere from 2-8 weeks or more can be spent properly removing the old kitchen cabinets and installing the new. Kitchen cabinet refacing takes 1 to 3 weeks. By many accounts, the process can take as little as 4 to 5 days.

It's no wonder kitchen cabinet refacing is gaining in popularity. For an updated look at a reasonable price and timeline, refacing offers an ideal alternative to buying new cabinets.

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