Before taking on a project like cabinet refacing, you need to consider the cost. Because every kitchen is different, and every buyer has unique needs, the cost may vary greatly from one kitchen to the next. Here are some guidelines about the average cost of cabinet refacing.
A refacing job can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000, depending in large part on material costs. Perhaps the biggest influence on price is the type of cabinet refacing materials you use. DIYers with higher standards may choose to use a wood veneer, but a lot of money can be saved by using thermofoils, plastic laminates, or RTF. Your choice of materials may have a great impact on the average cost of your cabinet refacing project. No matter what materials you choose, make sure you shop around to find the best deal.
An equally important factor is the surface area of the job. The size of the kitchen or bathroom and what needs to be replaced - whether full cupboard doors, drawer fronts, hardware, or merely the veneer - all go into the average cost of cabinet refacing. If the functional parts are in good condition and all you need to do is replace the veneer, you may be able to save money or use your extra funds for higher-quality materials.
A good rule of thumb is that every refacing job should cost half as much as you would have spent if you had completely replaced all your cabinets. Before starting, have a professional evaluate your cabinet refacing project and give you an estimate. The estimate should include the cost of materials as well as the average cost of labor for your cabinet refacing project. If you have some basic carpentry skills, save money by doing some or all of the labor yourself.
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