That is the question.
As I delve into this commonly asked question my thoughts were suddenly drawn to the great words of Shakespeare in his soliloquy from Hamlet. When it comes to the heart of your home, your kitchen, and the cabinetry that creates working space to provide great meals to your family and guests, it is a true and valuable consideration. So then, let’s break it down into some very simple terms to understand what a reface truly is, and why it may or may not be the best option to fulfill your desire of updating your kitchen for both functionality and a new, refreshed appeal. Refacing your cabinets involves covering all exposed frames with a thin layer of wood or laminate. Then all doors and drawer fronts are replaced with new solid wood doors and drawers. We then add new hinges, knobs, pulls and molding to give a complete new look. Can anyone reface?
Refacing is feasible if your existing cabinet boxes are structurally sound and in good condition. If your cabinets have broken frames, warping or water damage, odds are they aren’t in the proper condition for a reface.
Why would I reface?
- Traditionally, it costs half as much as replacing with new cabinets.
- It’s fast! Generally, one week or less.
- The hassle of tearing out the whole kitchen is eliminated.
- You are still able to use your kitchen during the process.
- It’s green! You aren’t adding to a landfill.
Are there any negatives to refacing?
- Refacing can’t provide a total new kitchen layout. We can often improve the functionality you have though!
- You might be tempted to spend more on the veneer, laminates and hardware.
What are the options for creating a new look? The options for the finished look are virtually limitless. New wood and finishes are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures and grains to fit every taste. You can mix and match options to create the look you imagine!
What can Serenity Design offer in a reface that others can’t? We can provide solid wood facing as opposed to veneer. What’s the difference? Using a thin veneer on the edges of your cabinetry, you will often find that over time this will peel away. We use ¼” solid wood facing to eliminate that problem from ever happening.
How much does refacing cost? A professional cabinet refacing for a typical 10-foot-by-12-foot kitchen can start at under $5,000. Costs can rise to $7,000 to $9,000 or more for a large project with high-quality wood veneer. Upgraded finishes can provide many options to still stay well within your budget.
Finishing the project with new hardware (pulls, knobs, hinges) runs $2 to $4 per piece, and up to $20 to $50 each for high-end hardware.
In comparison, completely replacing old kitchen cabinets with new cabinets starts at $8,000 to $10,000 and up for stock cabinets; $12,000 to $15,000 for semi-custom cabinets; and higher yet for many of the options available in custom-made cabinetry.
How long does installation take? Typically, the entire process is done within one week, generally just a few days!
What are some good questions to ask myself when thinking about refacing?
- What do I like or dislike about my kitchen?
- What additional features would l love to have?
- What style do I picture in my kitchen?
- What colors and patterns do I like?
- Could my work flow be improved in any way?
At Serenity Design, our team has many years of experience helping countless people achieve the kitchen of their dreams. We know how valuable your time is, especially when it comes to your family and your home. That’s why we work hard to maintain our simple, convenient process that guarantees your kitchen reface project in only five days. Yes, five days and in some cases less.
So, give us a call today to set up a time for our Complimentary In-Home Consult.
Call Jen today at 320-774-1462
The Serenity Design Team