Buy New Kitchen Cabinets or Reface?

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by Harvey Bond
(Chicago, USA)

Does your kitchen already look dark and gloomy? Are there hard-to-remove stains all over the place? Do your kitchen cabinets have mold? It may be time to think about remodeling your kitchen and giving it a new look.

Redesigning your kitchen will make it easier for you to cook because of the new and fresh ambience.

Part of redesigning your kitchen is to revamp your kitchen cabinets. You have two options – either you buy a new set of kitchen cabinetsor have your current ones refaced or repainted. It is up to you to choose what you think is best for your kitchen.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of the two to help you in making a wise decision. Weigh your options wisely to help you choose the right one which will give value for your money.

New Kitchen Cabinets

It can be tempting to buy a new set of kitchen cabinets when you are remodeling your kitchen. It will definitely add a new look to your kitchen.

It would give you a feel like you are in a new kitchen because of the new fixtures. Having a new set of cabinets means you either buy ready-made ones or have them constructed.

New ready-made kitchen cabinets can cost you from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands depending on the size and make of the cabinet. You can also have your new cabinets custom-built which sometimes can even cost more because of the labor cost.

However, new cabinets built today for sale in commercial shops usually have less quality than those built before. New cabinets can also be more expensive and may not be suitable for you if you have a limited budget.

You will also need to consider the size of your kitchen and make sure the cabinet you are going to buy or make will fit in.


Keeping your old cabinets and refacing them may be an option for you if you are working on a limited budget. Refacing of your cabinetswould mean total clean up, repainting and changing of doors if necessary.

You can even do them yourself because repainting a cabinet is not really a difficult task. You just need to have the cabinet thoroughly cleaned first with soap and water.

Then buy a paint that will match your designed motif or color of your kitchen. Mix different colors of paint to achieve the color you want if necessary.

If you think the cabinet door is totally messed up, then you may opt to have it changed. One store who will do this is Kitchen Works.

You can also hire a carpenter to do it for you; you just need to buy the materials he will be using. Changing the handles is also advisable if your old ones are rusty.

Also, if you opt to just reface your existing cabinet, you need not worry on the dimensions or size of the cabinets because you can be sure that it will fit in your kitchen. There will be no need to cut out pieces of wood or totally reconstruct your kitchen.

Refacing your cabinets will also give you the same feeling as having a new kitchen since your cabinet doors will look different.

The disadvantage that can be seen when you choose to repaint and reface your cabinets is the labor work. You can always hire someone to do it for you but it would be more cost-effective if you do it on your own, especially if you are on a tight budget.

Another problem may be that your cabinets are really old, maybe older than you are, they may not be able to stand another year or two. Thus, it would be better to have a new ones.

Kitchen remodeling can be really tedious, demanding and time-consuming. You have to plan ahead and decide on your options to better facilitate the actual remodeling process.

You need to decide on how you want your kitchen cabinets to be. Choosing the right option really depends on you.

Each has its own pros and cons. You just need to assess your needs well to help you make a wise decision.

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Updated: December 2, 2013 — 6:13 am

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