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How Much Does It Cost To Reface Cabinets?

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$6,649
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$4,169 - $9,145
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$1,500
High End
$13,570

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The average national cost to reface cabinets is $6,649, with most homeowners spending between $4,169 and $9,145. This data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.
Give your kitchen or bathroom a new look and save money by refacing your existing cabinetry rather than installing new cabinets. It's amazing what a little veneer and some new doors can do to brighten an old space. The cost to reface cabinets is less than the cost to replace them in most cases. It's also eco-friendlier and less intrusive than full cabinet replacement.

Average Cost of Refacing Materials

MaterialCostDurabilityAppearance
Rigid Thermofoil$1,000-$3,000Durable but heat-sensitive; edges/corners vulnerable to chippingSmooth surface, realistic wood patterns, many style options
Laminate$1,000-$4,000Very durable, but can chip/crack over timeMany color options available; limited door/drawer styles
Wood Veneer$2,500-$6,000Must be sealed to protect from moisture/dryingReal wood look
Solid Wood$5,000 and upCan dent and scratch, but can be repaired and refinishedWarm, high-quality look
Total costs will vary by project based on a number of factors, including the materials used to cover the fronts and sides of your cabinet boxes. The two most common options for this job are plastic laminates and wood veneers.

Wood Veneers - $2,500-6,000

Wood veneers are sheets and strips of very thin wood material that you can apply to exposed cabinet surfaces. They come in oak, maple, cherry, birch, walnut, and other wood tones. The cost of wood veneer is 10 to 25 percent higher than laminates but once sealed, your cabinets can last years with minimal care.

Plastic Laminate - $1,000-4,000

Plastic laminates come in a wide variety of solid colors, and wood-grain looks. There are two types of laminate: low-pressure laminate, also called melamine, and high-pressure laminate, such as Formica. They are very sturdy and can handle a lot of abuse. Melamine has the advantage of being cheaper but can chip and be less water resistant than high-pressure laminates.

Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) - $1,000-$3,000

When considering the cost to reface cabinet doors and drawer faces, the more economical option is rigid thermofoil (RTF) on medium-density fiberboard (MDF). RTF is a malleable vinyl foil pressure-molded over MDF doors. It can be shaped and molded over a range of door styles, including arched and cathedral doors, raised panels, and eyebrow-raised panels. It offers the clean look of painted cupboards without brush strokes and can give you the warm look of wood grain without the cost.

Solid Wood - $5,000 and up

Though expensive, solid wood doors offer an authentic, custom look. For many homeowners, solid wood is a sound investment as once installed, you can refinish and repair surface damage, as needed, over time.
To reduce your cabinet refacing cost, consider covering your existing doors with wood veneer or laminate. However, these materials aren't intended to cover surfaces that aren't flat. If you have any amount of detail in the design of your existing doors, this may not be an option. Alongside cost, consider how difficult the work might be and how satisfied you're likely to be with the results. From there choose your materials accordingly.

Estimate Price Per Linear Foot

When gauging expected cost, it's a good idea to budget 7-15% more than the estimate you receive from a professional for any unexpected costs that arise in the refinishing process. For an accurate estimate, you'll need an in-home consultation from a professional. This chart can help you calculate your project total and the cost per linear foot. This example is based on kitchen cabinets that measure 20 linear feet.
Material/Design QualityBasicBetterBest
Cost$1,000-$1,2500$1,500-$1,700$1,850-$3,000
Average Cost per Linear Ft.$60$80$115
Cabinets range in price from the most basic design, to more elaborate and durable styles. The exact price will depend on the size of the cabinet, the materials involved, and other decorative qualities. In order to keep costs low, some home owners choose basic refacing materials and designs with the understanding that minor improvements to form and functionality may make easy DIY projects in the future. Home owners interested in avoiding DIY projects and looking to invest in the longevity of their home may choose the best in materials and explore more design options that may increase the cost per square foot.

What Does it Mean to Reface Kitchen Cabinets?

Cabinet refacing is the replacing of doors and drawer fronts to update the look of your existing cabinets and veneering the cabinet boxes to match. Door and drawer face replacement offers many style and finish options, without changing the layout or structure of the existing cupboards.While refacing cabinets, you might also choose to add other improvements. For example, it is simple to add a lazy Susan in a corner cabinet or roll-out shelving for heavy pots. These simple upgrades allow for more efficient use of existing space.

How Long Does Cabinet Door Refacing Take?

While this depends on the company doing the refacing and on the size of your space, most refacing can be done in 2-4 days. This is a benefit not only for cost (less labor) but also, you should still be able to use your space while your cabinets are being refaced. Cabinet replacement is more expensive labor, parts and you can't normally use your space while the replacement is going on. Most of the work is done during the day, so you should have full access to your area in the evenings. Ask your contractor if they plan on cleaning up at the end of each day so that you can use your space or if other arrangements will be needed. Clean-up may be an additional cost.

Hire A Pro To Reface Your Cabinets

Driving Up the Price

Hardware replacement (handles, knobs, etc.) is going to be the least expensive part of your project. Very basic cabinet handles range between $5 and $15 each at your local hardware store. The price of basic, no frills knobs are less expensive. The more expensive handles and knobs tend to be more decorative and made of costlier materials. When choosing hardware, consider the functionality as well as the appearance.
Cabinet organizers and accessories will also drive up the cost; however, many opt to reface their cabinets because they then have enough money for a few extras. Think of cookbook rack pull-downs, drawer partitions, Lazy Susans, under-sink storage or a knife rack pull-down. Not only can your kitchen look brand new, it can feel brand new - and organized!

Replace vs. Reface Kitchen Cabinet Doors

When considering replacing or refacing cabinets, cost can be the biggest factor. The cost to reface kitchen cabinets can be much lower than that to replace them. As a general rule, refacing will run you about half the cost of a full replacement.
If choosing to replace kitchen cabinets, you'll have to cover the cost of removing the existing ones. New cabinets will also have to be bought and installed. Replacement often takes longer and is more intrusive. Whereas the kitchen cabinet refacing cost is more inclusive and includes replacement doors and drawer faces, hardware and supplies, and the labor cost. The total will vary depending on the materials used, the sizes of the project, and any additional options you may want to include.
Refinishing your cabinets, rather than using veneer, is also an option and involves painting or staining the existing wood cabinets. This is often done to repair damaged cabinets. Refinishing costs homeowners an average of $2,500 and is a job best trusted to a professional as mistakes made may result in a costly replacement.
You should also consider convenience and the amount of time required. Refacing can be done quicker and with much less impact on your home and lifestyle.
To reface your cabinets, hire a professional cabinet refacing service to accurately measurements and inspect your cabinet boxes. They can also provide an cost estimate for your specific project. They’ll offer advice on installation, optional upgrades, and hardware choices.

DIY

Supplies, Materials, & Tools

To tackle this project yourself, you'll need to line up your supplies and equipment. Here are some of the tools you may need:
  • Miter saw: $95
  • Brad nail gun: $25
  • Cordless drill: $50
  • Circular saw: $40
  • Caulk gun: $6
  • Four-in-one screwdriver: $10
  • File: $6
  • Forstner drill bits: $20
You will also need these supplies:
  • Self-sticking wood veneer: $25
  • Veneer scraper: $11
  • 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch plywood: $9
  • Construction adhesive: $4
  • Medium-grit sanding sponge: $4
  • Pre-finished doors and drawer fronts: $20 each
  • Adjustable cup hinges: $40 per box
  • Two-part wood filler: $35
  • Denatured alcohol: $8
  • Stain pen: $6
  • Colored putty: $3.50
  • 3/4-inch brad nails: $12
When adding up the DIY cost of cabinet refacing, consider the materials you already have on hand. The more supplies you can find in your garage, the less you'll have to spend.

What is Your Time Worth?

It’s a good idea to consider both cost and time commitment when deciding whether to complete the refinishing project on your own. Depending on the size of the kitchen, your experience level, and the number of people helping, a job like this could take three to five days or more. Consider how much your time is worth. If you estimate your time to be worth $15 an hour, you're looking at labor costs of $350 to $600 on top of your equipment, supplies, and materials costs.

Consult A Cabinet Professional

Hiring a Pro

Hiring a professional to reface your cabinets takes the headache and backache out of the task, and when you estimate the total cost of doing it yourself, you might find that hiring a pro is well worth it.
But how can you find the best person or company for the job?
Large retailers like Lowe's, Home Depot, and Sears offer refacing services, as do many local companies that can do the job well and at a great price. Note that price estimates will vary based on the company and any subcontractors used, so always get and compare a few estimates from different pros. Use online reviews to find the right contractor for your project.
When hiring a pro, keep in mind the following:
  • Your material and style preferences
  • The time frame in which the job should be completed
  • The customer reviews for the contractor/professional you've chosen
  • Your budget
Communicate your preferences, time frame, and budget and let the contractor you choose upgrade your space, giving you the cabinets want at a price you can afford.
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Kathy Burchfield More than 1 year ago
This price seems somewhat high. my kitchen is small. 1984 town house with oak cabinets, They are in good shape. I am just sick of the oak. Side where sink is located is 10 ft long. the other side is has 2 sections that are 24 inches each. It is a Galley Kitchen
Shawn Anderson More than 1 year ago
If your looking into Cabinet Refacing, I would highly recommend Anderson Cabinet Co. They do a great job and will come out to your house and give you a free estimate!
Jim Bowles More than 1 year ago
Shawn, where is Anderson Cabinet Co. located and do you have a number for them  
Clauda Sorsdahl More than 1 year ago
i would like to  know this too.

thanks
cs
Clauda Sorsdahl More than 1 year ago
i need to know this also.
thanks
cs
Ruth Molinari 11 months ago
Im also will like to have the phone number
Rudolf Stock More than 1 year ago
I have a 1991 single story home and kitchen is small just about 10x10. Got an estimate for new cabinets in shaker style and base from plywood for $2700 !!  No idea who ever would reface his cabinets for the price of brand new cabinets ?
Jackie McKrell More than 1 year ago
thanx for sharing the price!
Connie Lambert More than 1 year ago
We just got an estimate on resurfacing our kitchen cabinets from  Home Depot contractor. We would use the higher quality products but nothing unusual.  We have 43 linear feet to be resurfaced.  The estimate was $36,000.  We were shocked! What is the average price per linear foot for resurfacing?
Greg Mann More than 1 year ago
I got a phone call right a way after I finished but I couldn't hear the other parties voice. I then called the recommended supplier and got service right away. They will call back in 5 days with a cost for my project..
LINDA BOOTE 11 months ago
I have a small kitchen (built 1952).  The original cabinets are painted wood.
Art Courtien More than 1 year ago
When you compare buying new cabinets, don't forget to determine the additional labor cost of removing old cabinets and installing new - unless you are going to do it yourself.
Denise Snyder More than 1 year ago
Yes very helpful
Jackie McKrell More than 1 year ago
I have a very small kitchen .  Ranch house built in the 1950's.  Would like to replace them with white cabinets and save my granite counters.  Is this possible to keep my granite counter tops and sink?
Clauda Sorsdahl More than 1 year ago
jackie
i have same problem.  quote from home depot, 20k to reface. yikes. next one 14,k; next one using poor product 10k.  still lookng for that 7k reface. been searching for 6 mo.

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