Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Cost Estimation
If your kitchen is starting to look a little worn, but you can't afford to replace it all, it's a good idea to estimate the kitchen cabinet refacing cost. Replacing the cabinet doors is significantly cheaper than a new kitchen and will freshen up the space. Even if you can afford to replace the cabinets, there's little point if you are happy with the design of your kitchen but just want a new look. As long as the frames are in good condition, you can invest in some new doors and use the savings you make towards another purchase.
In a new kitchen, you may have to go with the basic standard door to keep the costs within your budget. Re-using the existing frames will allow you to pay a little more for a better door if you want to without breaking your budget. Expensive doors usually have more aesthetic features such as rounded edges and more intricate designs as well as being made from better quality wood.
A useful tool when measuring the cabinets is to draw a little plan and number each cabinet. This will help you keep track of how many doors you need and what sizes they should be. This is incredibly helpful when it is time to install the new doors, especially if your kitchen has a few units of different sizes. You don't need to be an artist or make it exactly to scale although using graph paper can help if you want to be accurate. Measure each of the existing doors and make a list of how many you need in each size.
There are a number of companies that sell kitchen doors and drawer facings on the internet and you can pick up some good bargains. As with any online purchase, double check that you have the correct items before confirming the transaction and check for security prior to entering your card details. If you need standard-sized doors, it is possible to pick up a cheap deal at any home improvement store. Take your list of required facings with you and get quotes from a few different companies before making a commitment. The finish of the doors and whether they are made from real wood or veneer can make a huge difference to the final estimated cost. Another factor that will significantly impact the cost is the number of non-standard sized units that you require.
For the best results, it is recommended that you replace the door hinges as well. However, if you really want to cut the costs, you can re-use the existing ones. You will need 2 hinges for each door and they normally come with screws supplied. Other costs you need to take into account when estimating the total cost are any trims or finishes you want to add plus any paint or stain which will be needed if you buy unfinished doors.