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Cabinet Refinishing

Are you bored with your kitchen cabinets? Maybe you are renovating your kitchen or are simply looking for a new look to add a bit of style to your cooking space. Cabinet refinishing is just one of the many ways you can give your kitchen a bit of an upgrade without the time and expense of carrying out a major renovation project. Anything is possible with the help of an experienced professional. 

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Cabinet refinishing costs

So, you want a new-look kitchen without the hefty price of renovating the room. No problem. The first thing you need to do is set a budget. To help you do this, here are some of the average costs involved in cabinet refacing and restoration.


Refinishing kitchen cabinets

The cost to refinish cabinets varies, as professionals may charge for their services by the hour or give you a flat rate. The average homeowner typically spends $55* per hour or $2,700* per project.  


Replacing kitchen cabinets

Refinishing your existing cabinets is usually a much cheaper option than replacing them. On average, it will cost $5,000-$18,000* for a full new set. 


Kitchen cabinet restoration

If you want to add new parts to your cabinets you can expect to pay from $15* per draw front, $2-$10* per knob and $5-$25* for each new drawer pull. This only covers the cost of the materials, not the labor charged by your contractor. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing? 
Cabinet refinishing is basically cabinet restoration: you remove the existing cabinet doors and drawer faces, sand and strip the old finish off and apply new paint or stain. Cabinet refacing involves replacing some of the cabinet parts with new ones for a new look or upgrade. 
Is it cheaper to refinish or completely replace cabinets? 
If you are looking for the most cost-effective option, refinishing your cabinets will cost you less. However, if you want a whole new look for your kitchen as part of a major renovation, then you will get a lot more options if you completely replace your cabinets. 
Can I paint my cabinets?
This depends on what type of cabinets you have. Painting a laminate cabinet is possible with the right materials, but thermofoil-faced cabinets cannot be painted. They would need to be run through another thermofoil press, which could be a hassle you are not willing to deal with. The cost to paint kitchen cabinets varies, so speak with your contractor about their hourly rate for painting or restaining cabinets or to find out their flat fee for the whole project.  
Does cabinet refacing add value to your home? 
You might not expect this answer, but yes it does. Unlike refinishing where you just make everything look new, cabinet refacing actually replaces certain parts of your cabinets and drawers, meaning they will last longer. 

*Cost estimates referenced are sourced from HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and other national home improvement websites.

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