Replace Kitchen Cabinet Doors and Reface Frames to Save Serious Cash

Bachurski-White ShakerYour kitchen is in need of serious help.  For whatever reason, age, use, or a desire to make a change, you need your kitchen to look and feel different.  The problem is that replacing all of the cabinets in the kitchen is an expensive proposition, even when using the quality yet cost efficient RTA cabinets such as the ones found on the RTA Cabinet Store website.  If you don’t have that kind of money to spend, you can save a lot of money by replacing the cabinet doors and refacing the frames.

Replacing Doors

One of the easiest things to do to give your cabinets a new face is to change the doors and drawer faces.  Unless you have a custom cabinet setup, which will most likely necessitate new custom doors, your kitchen will have standard door and drawer face sizes which will mix and match.  Many retailers sell spare parts, doors included.  The possibilities are nearly endless.  In terms of cost savings, you would typically save 75% on the cost of a new cabinet by just purchasing a door.  You can also use the same door hardware, or you can splurge on some new and really change it up.

Refacing Cabinet Frames

Typically, when you are replacing doors and drawers, you will be refacing frames as well.  These costs can vary depending on the doors that you choose.  There are a number of options based upon the initial face material of the frames and the doors that you choose.

The different options are: staining, painting, plastic laminate and wood veneer.  Staining would be used if you choose to purchase new wooden doors, but at a darker color than the existing kitchen.  Painting is an effective and easy option for pretty much any non-wood door that you choose, but runs the risk of scrapes and a worn-down finish over the years, though with the added bonus of being able to touch it up.  These are by far the cheapest options.

Laminate comes in all colors and patterns, and will be able to match your doors 100%.  It is fairly easy to install, as well, when only refacing frames.  Wood veneer is the most expensive option, though still much cheaper than replacing the entire cabinet.

An Example

You have a white kitchen, but it seems just a bit too small.  In this case, you could try changing out the doors with some new ones with glass inlaid.  This option would make your kitchen seem much roomier and give it a fresh new look.  Or your current kitchen is ivory, and it seems not bright enough.  Replacing the doors on the cabinets in your 10-foot by 12-foot (overall average size) kitchen could save you 75% of the cost of replacing cabinets.

Even using RTA cabinets, you would be looking at approximately $4,000 to $5,000, but the cost of doors is more like $1,000.  When refacing the frames, you have decided to do it yourself, and, instead of spending $1,000 to $3,000, you have spent maybe $300 on materials and tools.  Total cost: $1,300.  Your costs are less than one third of what it would cost to replace the cabinets completely, and your kitchen has had a complete facelift.

Your New Old Kitchen

If you have a quality base cabinet and like your kitchen layout, but want a facelift, this is the way to go.  With just a bit of time and at a fraction of the cost of a new set of kitchen cabinets, not to mention the costs of countertops, backsplashes, flooring, etc., you can get that new kitchen you are looking for.


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