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How to Decide Whether to Replace or Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 8:24am.

Is Cabinet Refinishing or Cabinet Replacement in Kitchens BestWhen kitchen cabinets begin looking dated or Southeast Calgary homeowners simply tire of the style of color, it is a great time to consider cabinet refinishing or cabinet replacement. Here are the differences between these two course of action, so that owners can make an informed choice concerning this costly investment.

The Process of Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinet refinishing can be a challenging process, even if using an all-in-one kit. The process begins by removing the cabinet's facing and drawers and then removing any hardware present. Refinishing involves removing old stain or paint and sanding the surfaces thoroughly. This is followed by a good cleaning before applying primer, a new color or non-toxic wood stain, and then sealing them. Refinishing simply reuses the current materials but makes the cabinets look like new again.

It is important to know that while painting is a part of the refinishing process, there are differences between the two. A lot more goes into kitchen cabinet refinishing than applying new paint. However, it is well worth undertaking if the cabinets can be saved, as replacement is a very expensive option. Homeowners can opt to install new pulls, knobs and handles during the refinishing project to create a whole new look without breaking the bank.

Kitchen Cabinet Replacement Considerations

There are some situations when taking the plunge and replacing kitchen cabinets simply makes good sense. For example, particle board cabinets are tough to refinish and it may be impossible if they are seriously deteriorating to the point of crumbling - perhaps an example of deferred maintenance. Another good reason to opt for replacement is when a homeowner wants to have a whole new look such as raised panels or simply must have pine, etc.

Fortunately for those willing to make the investment in new custom cabinets will have an array of options at their disposal. All those bell and whistle type of features seen in luxury home magazines can now become a reality, and this is the time to make dreams come true. After all, this is often a once in a lifetime experience for homeowners. So, if pull out shelves, recycling drawers and other unique details are desired, go ahead and create a dream kitchen.

How Long Does Cabinet Refinishing or Replacement Take

This will depend on whether one is undertaking the entire kitchen, how many cabinets there are and the level of skill possessed by those doing the project. On average, a skilled contractor or homeowner can refinish cabinets over the course of a few days. Of course, complete kitchen cabinet replacement will take a bit longer than a refinishing job. This is because everything must be removed, new cabinets must be fitted and custom crafted and then installed, so be patient during replacements and prepare to be somewhat displaced from the kitchen for a few days or even weeks depending on the scope of the project.

The Average Cost of Cabinet Refinishing or Replacement

The average cost of cabinet projects can vary tremendously. The cost of materials, the cost of labour and the tactics utilized will all have an impact of the bottom line costs. Sanding and painting kitchen cabinets can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to three or four thousand dollars. Of course, this is assuming that a pro has been hired to assist.

Replacing cabinets in the kitchen can be very expensive, and it's estimated that half of the price of kitchen remodels goes into cabinetry, with estimates averaging about $10,000 for cabinets alone. The more bells and whistles and custom made cabinets ordered, the more costly they will be. Most importantly, choose what's right for your family, because they kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home so comfort and functionality is essential.

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