Replace, Reface, Or Refinish: Breathe New Life Into Tired Cabinets

Posted on: 17 February 2023

Is it time to refurbish your cabinets? Tired cabinetry can impact the entire room and make your entire kitchen appear sad and dated. You have choices when it comes to freshening up your cabinets: replacing them, refacing the doors, or refinishing the entire cabinet surface. What will you choose to do? 

Breathe new life into tired cabinets with these three options: 


It may make the choice easier to know the actual costs for new cabinets—they do not come cheap. If you buy ready-to-assemble cabinetry, from a home improvement chain or online, expect to pay a minimum of $2,000, but as much as $4,000 for stock cabinets. If you desire custom cabinets, the prices can be as high as $24,000 or more. These price points are contingent on the size of your space, cabinet design, and the materials that you select.  


It may be a more budget-friendly option to reface or refinish your cabinets instead. Refacing kitchen cabinet doors is giving the front door of the cabinets a makeover. In this instance, you can remove the door and treat it with paint, stain, veneer, or other material to alter its appearance. Add some new hardware and your cabinets are done. The cost of refacing makes it a popular choice, and the results can change the appearance of your entire kitchen.  


Do the cabinets need a little more than a refacing? If so, you might want to refinish kitchen cabinets entirely, frame and all, or pay someone else to do it. If you have basic tools—like a drill, saw, sander, and painting supplies—you can refinish, repaint, or stain the cabinets fairly easily.  

Consider these refinishing tips when doing it yourself: 

  • Work in a warm area that is well-ventilated for the best results. 
  • When removing hardware from your cabinets, keep all the pieces together in a designated vessel to prevent misplacement.  
  • Use a marker to write corresponding numbers on your cabinet drawers and doors. Once they are disassembled, it is difficult to differentiate.  

Refinishing the cabinets goes a step further than refacing the, refurbishing the entire cabinet and restoring any wear, tear, or damage that may be visible.  

Replace, reface, or refinish your cabinets: the choice is yours. If you choose to replace, talk to cabinet retailers or distributors for cabinets at competitive costs online—or visit your local home improvement store for more cabinetry options.  

For more info about cabinet remodeling, contact a local company.