How much does it cost to reface kitchen cabinets?

Thinking of buying new cabinets to give your kitchen a makeover? Before you do, find out how much it costs to reface your existing kitchen cabinets.
Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a cost-effective alternative to replacing kitchen cabinets. If cabinets are scratched, damaged, or just need a makeover, refacing can make them look like new.

Typical Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Costs

  • Kitchen cabinet refacing: The average cost range for kitchen cabinet refacing is $500-$2,000.

  • Hardware replacement: Knobs, pulls, and other hardware for cabinets can range from $2-$5 per piece for basic options to $20-$50 per piece for custom or ornate hardware.

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Low-End Estimate for Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

  • For do-it-yourself cabinet refacing: About $50-$200.

High-End Estimate for Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

  • For high-quality wood veneer refacing: About $7,000-$9,000.

What to Expect

  • Materials: Kitchen cabinet refacing requires an assortment of materials including a cleaner or solvent, sandpaper, brushes, rollers, blades, primer, and the coating (laminate, paint, or a similar material).

  • Timing: Refacing for kitchen cabinets will typically take several days since there are multiple coats of primer, veneer, and/or paint that you'll need to apply and let dry before you begin the next step.

  • Mess: Kitchen cabinet refacing can be a messy process. To minimize clean up, cover surfaces in the area in case any spillage or drips occur.

Any Extras?

  • As an alternative to refacing, open shelving provides another option for changing the look and feel of pre-existing cabinets. This process requires removal of the cabinet doors and can require refinishing of the interior area.

  • Primer is available in both brush-on and spray-on formats. The spray primer can help save time and decrease the mess associated with painting your kitchen cabinets.

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