The average cost for cabinet refacing is $7,518. Hiring a cabinet contractor, you will likely spend between $5,214 – $10,110 to reface a 10’ x 12’ kitchen's cabinets. The price of cabinet refacing can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local cabinet contractors or get free estimates from pros near you.
A minor kitchen remodel can increase the value of your home by about 5%, and you will usually recoup about 81% of the amount of money you spend on it when selling your home.
On average, the cost of refacing your kitchen cabinets will be 25%–50% of what it could cost to replace them. With multiple options in color and style, it’s absolutely the better choice for vamping up the kitchen if you are on a tight budget. However, not all cabinets are suited for refacing, and replacement might end up being your only option.
Refacing kitchen cabinets consists of using adhesive and nails to secure a veneer over the surface of flat doors and drawer fronts, covering your existing doors and drawer faces with new material, or, replacing doors and drawer fronts that are not flat with new doors and fronts.
The cabinets are also refaced with the new surface film of your choice.
While the cabinets remain the same inside, they will get an entirely new, modern look. It is a great time to also update the knobs, handles and hinges so everything is updated at the same time.
Repainting – because if there is any physical damage to your cabinet doors, this will still be under the paint when the job is completed, and on top of that, if the doors are older, they will still have that dated look.
Refinishing - If choosing to refinish or paint the cabinets, if there is existing damage, the potential for it still to be visible exists, as well as a dated look if the cabinets are of an older style.
For an average 10’ x 12’ kitchen:
|Rigid Thermofoil (RTF)||$1,800–$3,500||Fiberboard covered in a coating made of a durable plastic||Smooth surface, lots of realistic wood patterns and styles available|
|Plastic Laminate||$1,000–$4,000||Water-resistant and durable||These veneers are available in the largest range of patterns and colors|
|Plywood veneer||$2,500 and up||Sealing is required to protect from moisture and drying||Looks like real wood|
|Solid Wood||$2,500–$6,000||May scratch and dent, easily repaired and refinished||Premium, high-quality look.|
The least expensive option. RTF is a fiberboard covered in a coating made of a durable plastic.
The next step up in both cost and durability, these veneers are available in the largest range of patterns and colors and are a water-resistant and durable option, making them a value choice. 3D laminate is available in both pressure-sensitive adhesive sheets, which require no additional adhesive products, or non-adhesive, phenolic-backed sheets which require either a solvent or water-based contact cement.
Available in thicknesses up to ¼”, plywood resurfacing products are offered with either MDF or veneer cores. Securing the plywood veneers to the existing flat cabinet doors and drawer fronts is done using panel adhesive and pin nails.
Considered the premium choice when it comes to refacing your kitchen cabinets. Produced as a product that also requires pin nails and panel adhesive to be held securely, solid wood veneer is sliced as thin as 5/16” and is also suitable for resurfacing the cabinet frame face. Many types of wood are available.
Fiberboards come as either medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or high-density fiberboard (HDF) and can be bought finished or unfinished, allowing you to stain or paint onsite. Fiberboards are another product that requires pin nails and panel adhesive to be held securely.
If you’re not sure which look to go with, consider hiring a contractor like Home Genie in Loveland, CO, who says:
Best Kitchen Baths in Bala Cynwyd, PA, says part of his initial consultation includes discussing your budget so he can recommend the best options to stay within it. What can be especially helpful is finding a contractor with a showroom of remodeled kitchens and materials available.
Modifications can add an extra $300–$1,200 to the total cost of the refacing project. Expect to pay more if you want:
Depending on your location and value for experience, licensing, and the contractor’s insurance policy, labor will cost approximately $30–$100/hour.
A lone handyman is more likely to charge about $30/hour while a full-service contractor charges about $60–$100 to cover the project management and payroll costs.
Artisans Home Repair in Richardson, TX, say, “If the job will take three days or more, it will be billed as an estimate and paid out over the course of the time it takes to complete the job. All other jobs that take an hour to two days will be billed on an hourly basis. The first hour is $145 and every hour after that will be $95 billed in increments of 15 minutes, which divides into $23.75 per 15-minute increment.”
Go Sky Operation in Vero Beach, FL, starts their hourly rate at $30 or will offer their best flat rate for the job at hand.
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