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$6,858
Typical Range
$4,219 - $9,584
Low End
$1,400
High End
$14,000

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Average Cost to Reface Cabinets

The average national cost to reface cabinets is $6,858. Most homeowners spend between $4,219 and $9,584. Refacing is typically 30% to 50% cheaper than replacing semi-custom or custom varieties. HomeAdvisor members report new cabinet installations cost as much as $18,000. High-end custom installations can reach $24,000 or more.

Give your kitchen or bathroom a new look and save money by refacing rather than installing new ones. A pro will reface by applying veneers to existing boxes (frames) and installing new doors, drawers, pulls and hinges. Besides being cheaper, refacing rather than replacing is a more environmentally-conscious solution.

On This Page:

  1. Cabinet Refacing Costs Per Linear Foot
    1. Refacing for Kitchen & Bathrooms vs. Offices & Dens
  2. Refacing & Replacing Cabinet Doors Cost
    1. Wood Veneer
    2. Plastic Laminate
    3. Rigid Thermofoil
    4. Solid and Plywood Doors
  3. Other Costs of Changing Cabinet Doors
  4. What is Cabinet Resurfacing & How Long Does it Take?
  5. Replace vs. Reface vs. Refinish
  6. FAQs
  7. DIY Cabinet Redooring vs. Hiring a Pro

Cabinet Refacing Costs Per Linear Foot

Cabinet refacing costs range anywhere from $1,000 to $14,000 or more depending mainly on the quality of materials and the size of your kitchen. Refacing is usually cheaper than replacement but more expensive than refinishing.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Costs by Project and Linear Foot

Material/Design Quality

Total Project Cost*

Average Cost (per Linear Foot)

Laminate

$1,000-$3,000

$91

High-Quality Veneer

$2,500-$6,500

$193

Real Wood Veneer

$6,000-$14,000

$454

*Your exact price will depend on the size of your kitchen, the materials involved, and your location.

To understand options specific for your project and get an accurate estimate, you'll need an in-home consultation from a professional.

Refacing Costs for Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinets vs. Offices & Dens

There are no significant cost differences between kitchens and bathrooms and offices and dens. Regardless of location, the type of veneer you choose to use and the number of cabinets you have will dictate the overall price.

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Refacing & Replacing Cabinet Doors Cost

Total project costs range from $1,000 to $10,000. A single door runs $30 to $100 depending on the type with labor adding another $100 to $250.

Total costs will vary by project based on several factors, including the materials used to cover the fronts and sides of your cabinet boxes. To reduce your cabinet refacing cost, consider including your existing doors with wood veneer or laminate over solid wood.

Alongside budget, consider how difficult the work might be and how satisfied you're likely to be with the results. From there choose your materials accordingly.

Combined Refacing Costs for Cabinets and Doors

Material

Cost

Features

Wood Veneer

$2,500-$6,000

  • Real wood look
  • Seal to protect from moisture/drying

Plastic Laminate

$1,000-$3,000

  • Many color options available
  • Limited door/drawer styles
  • Very durable, but can chip/crack over time

Rigid Thermofoil Laminate

$1,000-$3,000

  • Smooth surface
  • Realistic wood patterns, many style options
  • Durable but heat-sensitive
  • Edges/corners vulnerable to chipping

Solid and Plywood

$5,000-$10,000

  • Warm, high-quality look
  • Highly durable doors and drawers
  • Match veneers applied to  existing boxes

Wood Veneers

Wood veneers cost $2,500 to $6,000. They are sheets and strips of thin wood material applied to exposed surfaces. They come in oak, maple, cherry, birch, walnut, and other wood tones. The cost is 10 to 25 percent higher than laminates but once sealed, they can last years with minimal care.

Plastic Laminate

Plastic laminates cost $1,000 to $4,000 and come in a wide variety of solid colors, and wood-grain looks. There are two types of laminate. Both are sturdy and have their advantages.

  • Low-pressure laminate, also called melamine, has the advantage of being cheaper but can chip.
  • High-pressure, like Formica, is more water resistant than melamine.

Rigid Thermofoil (RTF)

Rigid Thermofoil (RTF), a particular type of economical laminate, runs from $1,000 to $3,000. RTF is a flexible vinyl molded over medium density fiberboard. It can be shaped and molded over a range of door styles. 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 and Plywood Doors

Replacing your doors and drawers with solid wood costs $5,000 to $10,000. It’s paired to match the wood veneers on your boxes. For many homeowners, solid wood is a sound investment as once installed, you can refinish and repair surface damage, as needed, over time.

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Other Costs of Changing Cabinet Doors

Though basic hardware replacements are often included with project costs, upgrades can end up costing you anywhere from $500 to $4,000. When choosing hardware, consider the functionality as well as the appearance. The money you save by refacing rather than replacing can open your budget for more quality and comfort upgrades for both use and style.

Cabinet Accessory Cost

Accessory

Price

Hardware (basic)

$2-$5

Hardware (high-end)

$20-$50

Hinges (pair)

$15-$50

Pull-outs/Organizers (basic)

$50-$200

Pull-outs/Organizers (high-end)

$150-$800

Organizers, crown molding, stainless steel pulls and decorative trim all add to the upgraded look and usability of your new kitchen.

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What is Kitchen Cabinet Resurfacing?

Cabinet refacing is a process of applying new veneers to your boxes with new doors and drawers to match the exteriors. No matter what you currently have, you can choose from many styles and finish options but cannot usually change the layout or structure of the existing cupboards.

While refacing, you might also choose to add other improvements. For example, it is simple to add a lazy-Susan in a corner 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. Replacement takes more time and labor meaning more cost and more time without your kitchen.

Replace vs. Reface vs. Refinish Kitchen Cabinets and Doors

Replacing

$4,500-$18,000+

Refacing

$4,000-$9,000

Refinishing

$1,500-$4,000

  • Replacing or installing new cabinets costs $4,000 to $18,000+. Excellent choice when boxes are highly damaged or changing the layout. It often takes longer than either refinishing or refacing. Custom types can run up to $24,000 or more.
  • Refacing runs - $4,000 to $9,000. About 30% to 50% less expensive than replacing. Allows a completely new style, color and finish. It 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 cabinets costs $1,500 to $4,000. Cheapest alternative that refreshes them without changing the style. Color changes are possible. Takes the least amount of time to complete.

To reface your cabinets, hire a professional refacing service to measure and inspect your kitchen or bathroom accurately. They can also provide a cost estimate for your specific project. They’ll offer advice on installation, optional upgrades, and hardware choices.

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FAQs

Is it Worth It to Reface Kitchen Cabinets?

It is worth it to reface kitchen cabinets if you’re trying to sell a home in a competitive market or want a better-looking kitchen. You’ll get anywhere from 65% to 75% of your investment back when selling. Homes with updated kitchens and bathrooms, with just cabinet remodels or full remodels that include floors and counters, usually sell faster than those with dated looks.

Do Cabinet Remodel Prices Cover Door & Drawer Replacement?

Drawers and doors are covered in refacing prices.

How Much Does Kitchen Saver Cost?

Kitchen Saver costs vary by project as they offer far more customization options than most refacing companies. They back their products and process with a 10-year warranty, never sub-contract work out and always stand behind their brand.

How Much is Kitchen Magic?

Kitchen Magic costs between $7,000 and $10,000 for the average full-sized kitchen. They offer customization options and make custom cabinetry.

What’s the Cost of Refacing vs. Painting?

Refacing costs about three times as much as the cost of painting a cabinet but gives a permanent solution closer to installing an entirely new kitchen.

How Can You Get a Cheap Cabinet Resurface?
Consider refinishing with paint or stain for about 1/3 the price of refacing. Cheap refacing companies often cut corners, uses cheap materials that tend to fail quickly and don’t back their work. Get multiple quotes and always pick a pro that supports their work and their products with a multi-year warranty.

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DIY Cabinet Redooring vs. Hiring a Pro

When it comes to cabinets, refacing is possibly the toughest DIY project to tackle. It takes extreme detail, patience, and experience with a wide range of specialized and expensive tools. Unless you have a week to dedicate to this project and around $2,000+ in equipment, it’s a better idea to hire a local cabinet refacing professional.

Supplies, Materials & Tools for a DIY Upgrade

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 a week or longer.

If you’re set on doing this yourself, you'll need to line up your supplies and equipment. Here are some of the tools you may need:

DIY Refacing Tools and Materials Cost

Miter saw

$150 to $250

Brad nail gun

$50 to $300

Cordless drill

$50 to $300

Circular saw

$50 to $200

Caulk gun

$5 to $15

Screwdrivers

$10 to $25

File

$5 to $10

Forstner drill bits

$20 to $60

Wood/laminate veneers with matching doors & drawers

$500 to $1,000+

Veneer specific tools - scrapers, banders, trimmers

$200 to $800

Hinges, pulls and accessories

$500 to $3,500

Nails, sandpaper and adhesive

$100+

Benefits of Hiring a Cabinet Resurfacing Pro

Hiring a professional for refacing takes the headache and backache out of the task. When you estimate the total cost of doing it yourself, you might find that hiring a pro is well worth it.

Find the best installer near you with our directory of prescreened professionals. Read reviews, get multiple quotes and hire an installer with confidence.

When hiring a pro, keep in mind the following:

  • Your material and style preferences.
  • The time period 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 look you 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 More than 1 year 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?
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.
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..
David or Lori Ervin More than 1 year ago
We were quoted by Home Depot. I’m not sure of the footage of our cabinets we have 24 cabinet doors and 14 drawers. Plus we’re having some extra cabinets put in on the other side of the kitchen just lower cabinets with a counter top and our estimate with the new hardware and slow closing cabinets and drawers. Is just under $11,000.00 which shocked us we thought it would be half of that. After getting here on HomeAdvisor and being able to see what others have paid we’re just a little over of what others have paid, but we did go with the better options on the wood and hardware. These new door are heavier then what we have now and they will have handles our current ones don’t plus like I said we got the slow close feature so they will last longer, as there will be  no slamming of the doors or drawers no worries about the grandkids getting their fingers closed in them and if they do it will be softer so less risk of injury to little fingers. I’m so glad this feature is available, it definitely helps with budgeting for remodeling. 

Sam Franco More than 1 year ago
Back in 2008 in Condo 3 drawers 17 cabinets with new door hinge and handles this was a cabinet refacing job.  Material called high pressure laminate.  Job included new Granite countertops.  Total cost $2,800.00.  No chips no fading etc.  Still looking new but, wife wants a change.  Get educated people, do comparison shopping do not go with the first person you see.
LINDA BOOTE More than 1 year ago
I have a small kitchen (built 1952).  The original cabinets are painted wood.
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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