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Kitchen cabinets refacing?

We hate the kitchen cabinets in a home we toured. They are really old fashioned and has a cheap feel. But on the other hand, they are in perfect shape. I've seen some ads for kitchen refacing and from their photos the results are amazing. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of service? How does the end result and money compare with getting new ones?
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It is a stunning transformation.  My gripe against the practice is that the cost involve is not justifiable.  You can get brand new good quality with the same quantity of kitchen cabinets replaced as you would getting them refinished/refaced.  A single sheet of 4' by 8' veneer cost about $50.  Obviously they will range in price depending on species of wood.  The price quoted was for a single sheet of white oak veneer.  The application is a  very "cutting edge" process of which you use spray on glue and a roller, then edging it off with a special tool.  The second stage of the work involves staining or a finish of your desire.  Nonetheless, I cannot see how the costs are near equivalent.  Good Luck
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August 13 2011
If the kitchen layout and the cabinet placement/size/shape work for you, painting or refacing the exiting doors, or purchasing new doors are all excellent options.  If the basic look of the cabinet doors is alright for you, then take 'em down, sand, prime (with an excellent and surface-appropriate primer), then paint is the least expensive way to make a huge change in any kitchen. 

While you are at it, replace the hinges and knobs/pulls with something current that you like.  That is a little staging trick that can be transformative all by itself.

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January 18 2010
I have a client that refaced her cabinets, I can't believe how great they look
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January 18 2010
Replacing cabinets is always more expensive than refacing. However, it gives you more options to improve the layout and functionality of the kitchen.

It also depends on your budget and personal taste, I have not seeing a single refacing job that I liked. It may show my bias, after all, I am a design-build remodeling contractor.

If you are planning to stay in the house for awhile, consider painting the cabinets for now and replace later, when your budget will allow.
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January 18 2010
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If the cabinets are solid and in good shape, one of the more pleasing approaches is the replace the doors and not the cabinets.    If you are interested in living there for a while before major financial outlay, consider painting the cabinets first.

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January 17 2010

If the cabinets are still good and a new coat of paint will help change the look for the cabinets, it is worth just replacing the countertop.  If the cabinets are old and worn out, it is no not worthwhile to just replace the countertop.

Sometimes, it is a lot cheaper to replace the kitchen than reface.  You can find companies that will replace your kitchen for less than $10,000 with granite countertops.  With refacing, they will find a lot of flawses with the existing cabinets and will tell you that there is a lot of work involved which will of course affect the cost. 

If I were you, I would call at least 3 companies to give you an estimate to reface existing cabinets vs replacing.

Hope this helps.

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