Kitchen Cabinets: Paint, Reface, Replace?

One of the big-ticket items in a kitchen renovation is…surprise…the cabinetry. When you’re thinking about giving your kitchen an update you’re probably looking around and trying to think about items in your kitchen that might be salvageable. Depending on your needs, you might be looking at anywhere from 25-30% of your entire budget being spent on cabinetry, hardware, and installation. That’s quite a big chunk. So, you’re probably asking yourself what to do about those kitchen cabinets. You have three options when it comes to updating your kitchen cabinetry: paint, reface or replace.

Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

The average cost of painting (DIY) your existing kitchen cabinets is going to cost around $1,000. The price will depend on how much paint you’ll need and the quality of paint you’re using. the other big investment to consider is the time involved to paint your kitchen cabinets correctly. The cabinets will need to be cleaned thoroughly, the doors will have to be removed, and any surface that will be getting painted will need to be sanded. This can prove more difficult the more ornate your cabinets are. The most common types of paint used to cover cabinets are oil-based or latex. Oil-based paints can give off a strong odor and pollutants so you will need to make sure you have plenty of ventilation during the application and drying time. Oil-based paints are sturdier and less likely to get damaged but they take longer to cure. Latex will dry quicker but will take longer to cure and since it’s not as durable as oil-based paint, it’s more likely to dent or scratch during the process. If you decided to paint your kitchen cabinets yourself, this will be your cheapest option. If you aren’t sure you have the skill set to do this you might consider hiring someone to do that and that will increase the cost but should ensure a beautiful end result. If you’re going the DIY route, don’t forget to factor in that all-important time investment.

Refacing Your Cabinets

Cabinet refacing is an option if you are already happy with your kitchen layout and the functionality of your cabinetry. The cost of cabinet refacing will be determined by the material you use to reface and if you are doing the project by yourself or hiring someone to do it. If you have the skills, you’ll definitely save money on your kitchen remodeling project, but keep in mind that veneering is a skilled trade; not something that with the right tools, you should be able to learn to do quickly.

Cabinet refacing is, for the most part, eco-friendly, and will most likely cost 40-50% less than custom cabinetry. This could allow you to splurge on other things in your kitchen like a new island, upgraded countertops, or a backsplash.

Custom Cabinetry

Custom Cabinetry is the most expensive option when it comes to updating your cabinetry. If your cabinet boxes are old and you dislike the layout of your kitchen, you really should consider replacing some if not all of your cabinets. If you have a smaller kitchen, custom cabinetry can be made to provide you with the storage you need and the space you desire. Custom cabinets also allow for a lot of or personalization with innovative customizable options. Investing in custom cabinetry will allow you to not only reconfigure some of your storage, it will also allow you to choose a cabinet material that suits your lifestyle and is quite durable.  If you have a limited budget but you really need to update those cabinets and custom is the only way to go, think about saving money on the flooring or paring back a backsplash. There are lots of places you can save money on your kitchen remodel, but cabinetry shouldn’t be one of them if you really need new ones.

Which is right for you? Paint? Reface? Replace? Not sure? Our designers are standing by to help you through the process of remodeling your kitchen. Call 734-669-4000 or email us!