Refacing vs. Replacing Kitchen & Bath Cabinets

Refacing vs. Replacing Kitchen & Bath Cabinets

There is a lot of information buzzing out there about refacing cabinets instead of replacing them when a bathroom and especially a kitchen remodel is in the horizon.

The main argument is that by refacing, money will be saved.  So let’s take a look at the options.

Refacing your cabinets is basically replacing the doors and drawers, leaving the cabinet box as is, and sometimes refinishing the exterior. By downsizing the amount of new materials and labour involved, yes there will be some money saved. But is it worth it?

A refaced room means everything must stay where it is and you have no room to change the layout.

By replacing your existing cabinetry on the other hand, you can play around with your floor plan. Maybe moving a few cabinets around to change the look completely and making it more functional to your needs.

Also, if you are refacing old cabinetry in your home, consider this: Cabinetry over 20 years old will have inferior drawers, tracks, and hinges. This is true even for older expensive custom cabinets. Yes your cabinets will look better, but will they work well?

Also consider that refacing a kitchen with design and functionality issues and then proceeding to purchase expensive countertops, appliances, flooring, and fixtures will cost nearly as much as a new kitchen and leave an elephant in the middle of your renovated room.

Today’s Cabinetry has Revolutionized Renovations

In the last few years inexpensive well made cabinetry has become available at a fraction of the cost it once was. These less expensive cabinet lines use the top of the line drawer boxes, tracks, and hinges.

Add to that the availability of online stores that do not have to pass on brick and mortar costs to customers and refacing has become a limited cost saving measure as opposed to new.

Bottom Line:

If you go to the expense of refacing and still end up with a nonfunctional kitchen, you’ve wasted your money.

If you are interested in exploring economical options for new kitchen or bath cabinetry, the team at Cabinets Express Canada specialize in ready to assemble high quality low priced products that are shipped right to your door Canada wide.

We can be reached at 1-833-CEC-TALK M-F 10 am -5 pm EST or contacted by email:

We look forward to helping you  make the sound decisions that will increase your home’s value and make it all that it can be.


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