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Average cost for Cabinet Refacing ranges from
$5,214 – $10,110

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.

How much does cabinet refacing cost?

Author: Daniel W.
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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.

The national average cost to reface cabinets is $7,518, with most homeowners spending between $5,214 and $10,110. This data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeGuide members.

This pricing guide covers:

Refacing vs Replacing

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.

Refacing is preferable to:

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.

Average Cost of Refacing Materials

For an average 10’ x 12’ kitchen:

Material Cost Durability Appearance
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.

Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) - $1,800–$3,500

The least expensive option. RTF is a fiberboard covered in a coating made of a durable plastic.

Plastic Laminate - $1,000–$4,000

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.

Plywood veneer - $2,500 and up

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.

Solid Wood - $2,500–$6,000

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:

“The initial visit is used to gain information about desired outcome, likes, dislikes & general information that can be used for the design process. From there we send it to our team of designers (for larger projects) who create three designs for the customer to choose from.”

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.

Cabinet Refacing

Benefits of refacing cabinets

  1. Resale value - on your home can improve by at least 5% when the kitchen remodel is done well.
  2. Colors and styles – they come in many colors. You can choose from wood look to flat to metallic.
  3. Cost – up to half the price of replacing your cabinets.
  4. Time – only takes 2–3 days, whereas a full kitchen remodel can take weeks.
  5. Use of kitchen – you can still use your kitchen while the cabinets are being refaced, whereas replacing cabinets usually requires you to move out of the home while it’s being done. With cabinet replacement, you also have to replace the countertops, backsplash, sinks, etc., and the floors and drywall can be damaged.
  6. Eco-friendly – the cabinets won’t end up in the landfill but will stay being used and a few less trees will be cut down.
  7. Permits – no city permits are required if you’re not doing any plumbing or electrical work.

Reasons preventing refacing

  • Age – if your cabinets are old and were originally made of cheap plywood, they may not be able to handle the work done to reface them. Much older cabinets, however, have better quality wood and might be perfect for the project if they haven’t sustained any damage over the years.
  • Damage – if cabinets have curling or warped wood from damage and water damage, you can’t reface them.
  • Kitchen layout – you can only put a new face on existing cabinets. They’re not moved, so if your basic kitchen design is annoying, it will stay annoying.
  • Cabinet space – the interior of the cabinets will remain the same size.

Refacing Cabinets: The Process

  1. Remove the doors and drawer fronts.
  2. If they are flat and suitable for reusing: degrease old doors and drawer fronts, nail a thin layer of plywood to front if needed, apply new skin of your choice.
  3. Cover (reskin) the visible front, side, and underneath portions of the cabinets with your RTF, laminate, or wood veneer.
  4. Install new door hinges (if desired) and doors.
  5. Install any matching molding, toe kicks, storage accessories, and drawer pulls.
  6. Install the knobs or handles of your choice.
The entire process only takes about 1–5 days, and the cleanup is minimal.

Cabinetry

Add-ons and Additional costs

Modifications can add an extra $300–$1,200 to the total cost of the refacing project. Expect to pay more if you want:

  • More doors and drawers than a regular kitchen
  • Very ornate designs on the doors
  • A lot of modifications – adding drawers to a cabinet, turning a desk into another cabinet, adding rollout storage, adding glass doors
  • Soft close slides or full extension slides
  • A trash or recycle pull out
  • Slide-out storage for spices or Tupperware
  • Hinges, knobs or handles.
    • Most knobs range from $1.03–$4.64 each, depending on size and materials—ceramic, nickel, brass-plated, wood, etc.
    • Overlay cabinet hinges cost $21/pack of 10; semi-concealed hinges are $2.26–$2.89; semi-concealed self-closing hinges are $21/pack of 20.
    • Handles/pulls cost $2.08–$5.41 each, although custom-designed pulls can cost up to $50 each.

Cabinet Refacing Labor Costs

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.

Tips Before hiring your Cabinet Refacing Contractor

In order to narrow down your list to your top three contractors to get bids from, make sure they offer all or most of what’s on the list below.

  • Licensed to work in your state, holding a certified residential contractor’s license. This must be renewed every two years. A contractor must log 14 hours of continuing education each year to maintain the license.
  • Bonded and insured — should have a general liability policy.
  • Has ethical hiring practices — provides worker’s compensation insurance.
  • Offers a warranty on products — cabinets should have at least a one-year warranty.
  • Offers a warranty on work.
  • Look for years in business to assess the contractor’s level of experience and knowledge.
  • Make sure the bid is detailed and includes a start and end date and all cleanup work.

“A good contractor should be able to explain the nuts and bolts of a job and give you detailed step-by-step descriptions of the process.” -- Gideon’s Fleece in Humble, TX
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