A professional installer will come to your house to measure your cabinets and determine the amount of veneer required the correct sizes and quantities for door and drawer fronts, and how much hardware is needed. Newly ordered doors and drawer fronts may take one to two weeks for delivery.
When all the materials are in hand, your installer removes old cabinet door and drawer fronts, and prepares the surface of the cabinet boxes by washing the exteriors with a degreaser and lightly sanding the finish. Any significant flaws in the surface are repaired or filled to ensure a smooth, secure fit for the new veneer.
The installer applies veneer to the cabinet faces and any exposed cabinet ends, and then mounts the new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. The process typically takes two to four days.
A professional cabinet refacing for a typical 10-by-12-foot kitchen starts at around $1,500-$3,500 for laminate. Expect to pay $2,500-$6,000 for real wood veneer. Costs can rise to $7,000-$9,000 or more for a large project with high-quality wood veneer.
Finishing the project with new hardware (pulls, knobs, hinges) runs $2-$4 per piece, up to $20-$50 each for high-end hardware.
In comparison, completely replacing old kitchen cabinets with new cabinets starts at $5,000-$6,000 and up for stock cabinets; $9,000-$12,000 for semi-custom cabinets; $17,000-$23,000 and up for custom-made cabinetry.
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Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are replaced to match or complement the new veneer. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding complete the transformation.
Refacing is feasible if your existing cabinet boxes are structurally sound and in good condition. Cabinets with water damage, warping, and broken frames are poor candidates. Particleboard cabinetry sometimes requires fasteners, in addition to adhesives, to ensure that the veneer is secure.
Your choices for the finished look of your cabinets are virtually limitless. Veneers are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, grains, and more, which you can mix or match to get a relatively low-cost kitchen facelift.
Further customize and update the look of your cabinets with new kitchen cabinet hardware.
This before-and-after shot shows the transformation that can take place with cabinet refacing.
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