One of the most common home improvement projects that homeowners will consider having done is a renovation of their kitchen. But this can be an expensive proposition, one that might put an entire remodel out of the question due to budgetary constraints.
The good news is that you can still spruce up that old and outdated kitchen by focusing primarily on the cabinets. They take up a majority of the space in the room and they can be renovated without discarding or demolishing them entirely. Most cabinets will have cosmetic deficiencies while remaining in good working condition.
There’s no reason to remove the entire cabinet just because you don’t like the way the facades look. Not only is that wasteful it can also get unnecessarily expensive. Of course, there are also some instances where the cabinet looks bad because it’s in poor condition and showing significant signs of disrepair.
So as you contemplate whether to replace or reface your cabinets there are a number of factors to take into consideration. The following are some useful hints from Panda Kitchen and Bath to help you make that determination and, hopefully, help you save some money in the process.
What is Cabinet Refacing?
When you reface your cabinets you are basically removing the doors and the drawer fronts (all of the immediately noticeable components of your cabinetry) and replacing them with brand new veneers that are attached to the remaining structure of your storage. This also includes the hardware that assists in the functionality of the cabinets, things like drawer pulls, handles, and hinges.
The biggest advantage of going with a refacing over an entire replacement of your cabinets is that you can remodel the kitchen for a fraction of the cost of the alternative. You also get to keep your current cabinets if they are working properly and in good condition.
What makes refacing a bad idea is if the rest of the cabinet is in poor condition and showing signs of significant disrepair. If the shelves inside the cabinetry are sagging or cracked or the drawer boxes have been compromised or they simply don’t run smoothly on their tracks anymore, then you may want to skip the refacing and go with replacement instead.
Assessing Your Cabinets
Before you mount any sort of refacing effort, you should take a good long look at the state of your cabinets. Doing this can help you make that decision as to whether you should replace or reface.
The following are the most important factors that you should consider before you decide to reface your kitchen cabinets:
There are a couple of things to keep in mind with respect to properly functioning kitchen cabinets. First and foremost, does everything work properly? Do the doors open and shut fully and easily? Do your drawers slide all the way out and back in without any obstructions or delays? How about the interior of your cabinets? Are they structurally sound and free of damage or disrepair?
These are the things you must ascertain first in order to reface your cabinets because there’s no sense in placing brand new veneers on cabinets that don’t do work correctly.
One other thing to keep in mind, are you happy with the amount of storage space that your cabinets currently offer? If you need more storage space or you are dissatisfied with the operational capacity of your cabinets, then you might wish to consider replacing them instead of refacing.
While it’s true that refacing will not only improve but drastically alter the appearance of your cabinets, the rest of the cabinet may still need to be replaced. This is especially true if you have made other renovations to the kitchen and the cabinets don’t really match anymore.
Unfortunately, you can only reface the facades of the cabinets and not the entire structure. So when the question becomes one of refacing versus replacing, consider the surrounding environment of the kitchen and consider whether or not the entire cabinet still matches the room even with new veneers on the doors and drawer fronts.
Putting together a budget can often be the ultimate decision-maker in all things related to home improvement and sometimes a replacement of the cabinets is going to be out of the question financially. In those cases, refacing may be your only option and while that can be encouraging to know you have only one choice in updating your kitchen, you still need to consider what kind of refacing job you can afford.
That’s because this project can be as inexpensive or costly as you wish based on the type of materials you decide upon. Refacing is often far less pricey than replacement but choose your veneers wisely so you don’t break the bank and spend more than you had hoped.