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How Much Does it Cost to Repair Cabinets?

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There are many different kinds of damages that can happen to kitchen cabinets: scrapes to the finish, peeling paint, loose hinges and even cabinets actually coming down from where it is installed on the wall. The type of repair that you need will dictate the cost of your cabinet repair, but here are a few factors that can influence the cost to repair your cabinets.

Refinishing and Repainting

If there is damage to the surface of your cabinets then you will likely need to consider having then refinished or repainted. If you have painted cabinets, and the damage is minimal, you might need to simply match the color of the paint and do little touchup at a very small cost. If the damage is extensive, you might require that all your cabinet be repainted to ensure that the color will match. A repainting job often requires that the old paint be removed and sanded and a primer be applied before painting. This process will be more expensive than a simple touch up paint job.
If your cabinets have a wood finish and the surface has become worn or scratched you may need to have them refinished. A refinishing job is a more expensive endeavor than repainting as it requires the old finish be removed and a series of layers of new finish be applied with sanding in between layers

Refacing as Repair

If your cabinet surface is severely damaged, but you cannot afford new ones at the moment, one of the most affordable ways you can make your cabinets look brand new without having to replace them, is cabinet refacing . This is a process by which a thin wood or laminate is place over the front of the cabinet to give it a new look, color, wood grain, or even profile without having to buy brand new cabinets.

Hardware Options

Resurfacing or repainting cabinets can also include installing new door handles, knobs and drawer pulls. There's a wide range of hardware out there to choose from, so just make sure to keep a budget in mind when shopping to make sure you keep the cost to resurface cabinets somewhere where you feel comfortable.

Poor Installation

Hanging cabinets properly is both a skill and an art. Unfortunately, sometimes the initial installation of cabinetry is just not done correctly and the cabinet installation fail, cabinets are not squared, or they even become loose from the wall. If you suspect the issue with your cabinets stems from poor installation, it makes sense to call a pro to reinstall them. This is expensive, but is cheaper than having them get more severely damaged and need to be replaced.


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James H Lee 8 months ago
We have white laminate kitchen cabinets that are peeling at the corners in a few spots. We would like a quote on repairing them. They are about 18 yrs. old.
Virginia Oliver 4 months ago
I have refoiled? Cabinets and drawer fronts the laminate foil is coming away from the surfaces in many places. Also would like to replace e laminate counter (fairly small area) with a corian type surface. Would like a quote. Kitchen is only 9 years old. Please supply a quote. Than you
James Flores 11 months ago
three drawers missing in the kitchen.
James Flores 11 months ago
I need to replace three drawers in the kitchen they are missing.