Repair vs Replace: Choose to Reface Kitchen Cabinets Today

Industry Observer with RenovationFind


The kitchen is the most important room for potential homebuyers, which means it's a popular choice for home renovations.

Redoing your cabinets is the most effective way to transform a kitchen, but it can come with a hefty price tag - in fact, it can be the largest cost of your kitchen renovation.

That's because many homeowners make the mistake of replacing their cabinets completely when they want a new look for their kitchen.

Instead, many homeowners are choosing to reface kitchen cabinets. Read on about the differences between replacing and refacing kitchen cabinets, and the benefits of kitchen cabinet refacing explained.

What Does It Mean to Reface Kitchen Cabinets?

Both replacing and refacing transform cabinets for a like-new look, but they do so in different ways.

Refacing kitchen cabinets means replacing the external parts of the cabinet while leaving the main structure intact. 

Refacing includes:

  • Removing the cabinet's doors, drawers, and handles
  • Repainting the cabinet's exterior in the desired colour
  • Installing new doors
  • Adding accessories (such as handles, knobs, and molding)

The look of the cabinet is transformed while the cabinet structure stays the same. 

On the other hand, replacing cabinets means ripping out the whole structure and building them again. This is only necessary if you want to change your kitchen's layout, or if the cabinets themselves are damaged. 

Benefits of Refacing

Refacing cabinets has many benefits compared to replacing them, from financial, to personal, to practical. Here are the top benefits:

1. It's Cost-Effective

Refacing cabinets gives you the look of brand-new cabinetry at a fraction of the cost. 

Just how much less? Refacing can cost up to 50% less than building new cabinets. 

An affordable option for a beautiful new kitchen look? That's a home renovator's dream. 

2. It's Fast

Unlike demolishing and rebuilding cabinets, professional kitchen cabinet refacing only takes a few days. This keeps the renovation mess to a minimum and lets you get back to living normally in your kitchen right away. 

3. It Keeps Your Options Open

Kitchen styles change quickly, and today's trend may be outdated before you know it. Keeping one renovation low-cost gives you the freedom to invest in new changes.

To avoid getting stuck in an outdated kitchen, choose renovations with low time and money investment, like refacing cabinets, to try a new look without breaking the bank.

4. It's Personalized to You

Ordering new cabinets is not only costly but limits your options to generic styles that may not suit your new renovation. Getting a personalized look from custom-built cabinets cost even more.

With cabinet refacing, you can choose the colours, accessories, and styles that you want. 

The design and construction professionals at Platinum Pro Painters will help you find the right look for your kitchen remodel. They even offer a free consultation with one of their professional designers to ensure that you get the right look for your new kitchen.

Refacing Cabinets With Platinum Pro Painters

Choosing to reface kitchen cabinets instead of replacing is the budget-friendly option for your kitchen makeover. 

Platinum Pro Painters  are your Canadian-based professional choice for kitchen cabinet refacing in Toronto, Milton, and Oakville. Contact them for a free quote on your renovation project today. 

Comments (2)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Renovation Find,  Thank you for the information about kitchen cabinet renovations.  So many things to consider.

Nov 29, 2020 02:47 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Nov 30, 2020 12:59 AM