We understand that updating your kitchen cabinets is a huge decision. Our goal is to empower you with realistic cabinet updating cost information to help you budget for your project.
This cabinet refacing cost and pricing guide will help you evaluate which cabinet improvement methods are right for you and to develop an initial budget for these services.
Want to see how the different design and installation elements affect the cost of a project? Check out our FREE Pricing Scenarios Guide where we take a common kitchen layout and price it multiple ways for comparison purposes.
If the answer to most of these questions is yes, then you may want to continue to learn more:
Because our journey into home remodeling started out as Do-It-Yourselfers, we know there are others out there like us who are always asking “can we do it ourselves and save?”
The answer is yes, you can, but know your abilities and keep it simple.
DIY could save you thousands, but it could also cost you thousands if you don’t do a good job!
(As we expand our blog, we hope to offer more detailed How-To and repair articles, so keep in touch over the coming months.)
In the meantime, here are a few observations and pitfalls for the DIY’er:
Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important features in your home, both aesthetically and functionally. Just a color change on the cabinets can change the emotion in the heart of your home.
How can it be done? Two basic types of cabinet painters:
(Note: Custom Island and Peninsula Trim Packages and Crown Molding are available with painted cabinets. See below for a basic discussion and pricing in the Cabinet Refacing section.)
Let’s take a look at each to learn more.
This is just as it sounds: the only alteration is to replace the doors. If you happen to like the color of your cabinets and want to find a new door style to match, then a very affordable option is to only replace the doors. This is most common when old white thermal foil cabinet doors are peeling off. Replacing them with new white doors is simple fix.
Size and door styles affect the price and materials and installation can typically range from $4,300 to $7,000.
Option: Cabinet Door Replacement and Touch-Up Cabinet Painting
There are times when a color change is necessary or the cabinets are in need of freshening. Another budget option is to brush and roll the cabinet boxes to match the new doors.
This works best on smaller kitchens or kitchens with few end panels because the cabinets butt to walls. This typically would add $600 to $2,000 to the above door replacement price.
Full Cabinet Refacing includes installation options that are meant to fully transform your kitchen into a custom showcase. The added benefit is that the installations covered below are typically completed in 5 days or less! And, the kitchen is functional when we leave for the day.
To make your existing cabinets look new, we start with door style and finish. This will help determine which of the following methods to use:
For a full cabinet refacing for cabinets (not including islands or peninsulas) you can expect to spend from $5,000 to $10,000 for smaller kitchens, average kitchens range $8,000-$12,000, and large kitchens $10,000-$15,000 and up.
We separate Islands and Peninsulas because they are typically an area that can receive different trim packages. Most builders only install flat panels on the backs and ends of islands. We find these places to be excellent areas to customize your kitchen.
Options include: staying with the flat look, adding door panels, or creating larger panels and base moldings for a built-in furniture look. Corbels, Decorative Legs, and Bead Board are also options.
This improvement is probably the biggest wow factor when we update a kitchen. The price can vary greatly depending on size and treatment applied.
You can expect to add $1,000 for a basic, smaller island, and range up to $4,000 for upgraded designs and or multiple Islands or Peninsulas.
Showcase kitchens always have decorative moldings. We can add a variety of molding options for above and below the cabinets. Expect to add $750 to $1500 depending on size.
You can not only make your old cabinets look new, but also function like new.
Old and poor-functioning drawers can be replaced with new birch, dovetailed drawers with under-mount soft close glides. $110-$130 each depending on size.
Simple pull out trays (not soft close) can be added inside existing cabinets, $70-$80 each.
Cabinets can be converted to large, full extension, pots and pans drawers - $400-$500 per cabinet.
Add a soft close, trash and recycling pull out, about $300 installed.
Minor Cabinet Replacement/Additions
Often times there are one or two areas where a small cabinet change is desirable.
Figure roughly $300-$700/cabinet depending on size and location.
Sometimes you do want a more dramatic change in your kitchen.
But can you achieve that without tearing everything out? The answer is yes.
A highly effective way to make it look like you completely gutted your kitchen and started from scratch is to replace your upper cabinets while refacing you lower cabinets.
Think about it, the upper cabinets are the primary visual cabinets in the room. Showcase kitchens often have them staggered in height and adorned with molding to add interest and drama.
The base cabinets are for function and to hold the other major decorative item in the kitchen: the counter top. Except on their end panels, the interiors and face frames of the lowers don’t add any visual interest.
The most common area where we replace upper cabinets is when builders designed high ceilings in the home but skimped with standard 30” wall cabinets.
In this case, it can be highly effective and affordable to replace the wall cabinets with 42” cabinets and crown molding. The taller cabinets fit better with the high ceilings, and the change will appear as if the whole kitchen was remodeled.
Estimating the cost of replacing cabinets is a little more custom to each kitchen, but on average these jobs have ranged from $11,000-$16,000. Larger kitchens can be $20,000 and up.
This is probably a good place to make some rough comparisons to a full kitchen remodel.
How do our painting and refacing service compare in price and quality?
There are a lot of quality differences in cabinetry. We have been outbid on jobs for full replacement kitchens, oftentimes when the replacement cabinets are from discount home centers.
Our cabinets and finishes compare in quality with upper custom cabinet lines that you would find at high-end kitchen design showrooms and are superior in quality to the box store cabinets and refacing lines.
If you’re replacing your countertop and flooring at the same time, the overall price difference lessens making a full cabinet replacement a more reasonable option.
So, to make some general comparisons we’ll only consider our most common full cabinet refacing and/or upper cabinet replacements with all the bells and whistles, end panels, island trim packages, crown molding, etc.
The average suburban home (25-40 doors and drawers) that we do at this level is $10,000 to $15,000. Smaller homes, think small ranch, might be closer to $7,000 to $10,000.
This only includes cabinet improvements, no counter tops, flooring, or backsplash. If these items are in good shape, then refacing is by far the best option for you.
When compared to new cabinets, you have to look at the quality of the cabinets chosen, as mentioned, lower quality off-the-shelf cabinets can be less expensive than our refacing materials.
Also, consider the design elements, only mid to upper-end cabinet lines offer decorative end panels and quality crown moldings, etc. Comparing apples to apples requires that a new cabinet installation also include all the bells and whistles.
And finally, when comparing costs to a new cabinet installation, you also need to factor in countertop, flooring, and backsplash. In general, these items need to be new and fitted to the new cabinets.
So, let’s assume you can get a decent cabinet line with all the trim for the same price as our refacing services:
|$10,000 to $15,000
|$5,000 to $10,000
|$1,000 to $5000
|$1,500 to $2,500
This would offer a very conservative estimate of $18,000 to $33,000 total renovation cost for our refacing services and a very budget friendly full cabinet replacement.
In the real world, when our clients are pricing highest quality refacing vs. a like quality cabinet line the low end of replacing would start at around $30,000 to $50,000 and we've had clients with bids for over $90,000.
Not to mention that a recent prospect who was also getting a bid for a full remodel was told to expect a 4-6 months process, without a kitchen for most of that time.
Our service is done mostly in a week with no downtime in the kitchen. Even with a countertop and/or flooring replacement, you can expect everything to typically be completed from design completion in 2 months.
Thank You for Considering Us for Your Project.
We are a true Mom and Pop operation. We market, design, sell and install. We began our marriage and our remodeling passion almost two decades ago when we bought our first home in South St. Louis. Fresh Faced Cabinets and cabinet updating has allowed our joy for taking something old and making it new.
We look forward to working with you.
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