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Refacing or Replacing

Refacing or Replacing – Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets experience a lot of wear and tear due to their daily usage and huge periods without receiving any care or renovation. Thankfully, those times have gone by, and now people realize how important it is to care for their kitchen cabinets.  Regarding their renovation; you might be confused about whether to go for cabinet refacing or cabinet replacement. Well, here are all the things you need to know regarding cabinet refacing and replacing, so you can better choose between the two options.

Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing is more like having a new cabinet outlook while still having the old cabinet structure with the same storage size. Refacing your kitchen cabinets will only require you to change their layout and doors while adding new colors and designs of your preference. 

Cabinet Replacing

On the other hand, cabinet replacing means preferred storage and an overall change of kitchen cabinets, including layout, outlook, color, design, structure, material, and everything.


In most cases; cabinet refacing will cost you just as much as cabinet replacing. However, refacing your kitchen cabinets can cost you anything ranging from $7,000 to $10,000 in a 10×10 square foot kitchen. At the same time, kitchen cabinet replacement can cost you between $13,000 to $30,000 for a contractor-grade project. 

Environment Friendly 

When refacing your kitchen cabinets, you only landfill the cabinet drawer fronts and doors. This makes cabinet prefacing a more environmentally friendly option. When you replace kitchen cabinets, you landfill everything from the boxes to hardware. For this reason, also, you can choose to donate your cabinets to any recycling yard for your replacement to be environmentally friendly. 


While refacing kitchen cabinets is still not a common practice, not all companies offer this service. However, you can search for a reliable company to reface your cabinets because the layout, doors, and drawers need professional and skilled installation, something a handyperson can’t do independently.

Similarly, replacing kitchen cabinets is also a professional and skilled task due to the technical and mechanical equipment involved, which not everyone knows how to operate. You can try to install and replace kitchen cabinets on your own, but to achieve accurate leveling and base settlement, only professional services can help. 


Kitchen cabinet refacing can provide you with a new look, but only from the outside, as your cabinets’ structure, space, and base will not be changed. If you are low on budget and need a little change in the look, you can go for cabinet refacing. 

While if you are renovating your entire house and want a completely changed look, you can go for cabinet replacement and have them custom-made to match them with your home’s interior and design. You can even customize storage according to your own preference and choice. 


Changing your kitchen cabinets is a step worth taking. However, getting confused between refacing and replacing can be quite bothersome. The above factors and considerations will help you make the right decision. Remember to consider all the aspects when making the right decision for your kitchen cabinets. 





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