Cabinet Refacing vs. Cabinet Replacement

Posted on: June 29, 2012

In addition to replacing kitchen cabinets, Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center offers cabinet refacing, sometimes called “face-lifting.” Cabinet refacing involves replacing your existing cabinet doors, hinges, drawer fronts, drawer boxes, and hardware and then re-laminating your cabinet face frames and finished end panels with new wood veneer. With cabinet refacing, a kitchen can be completely transformed without removing existing cabinet boxes, countertops, flooring, backsplash, or appliances.

The most common myth about cabinet refacing is that it can always be done for a fraction of the cost of new kitchen cabinets. This is the most common sales pitch used by companies that strictly offer cabinet refacing. Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center offers cabinet refacing, cabinet replacement, and complete kitchen remodeling, so we can give you objective insight into what is best for your unique situation.

When to Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you remove your countertops, appliances, flooring, and the doors and drawers of the cabinet, all that is left is the cabinet box, which is the least expensive part of the cabinet. In this instance, it is usually more cost-effective to replace the entire cabinet rather than reface it.

When to Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets

Simply put, cabinet refacing is perfect for the client who is happy with everything about their kitchen except their cabinets. They are happy with their countertops, appliances, and floors. While the cost of materials is typically lower than that of new cabinets, refacing an existing cabinet is much more labor-intensive. Also, the cabinet doors and drawers are the most costly part of the cabinet.

If you are happy with your current countertop and appliances, cabinet refacing is a cost-effective way to give you kitchen a “facelift.” In this case, no plumbing or electric work is needed, and the limited demo of the existing product needed is very inexpensive. With cabinet refacing, an old oak kitchen can literally be transformed into a painted and glazed masterpiece or an elegant cherry showpiece in a matter of a couple of days, with little to no interruption to your daily routine.

Need Cabinet Refacing in Delaware?

If you think you may be a candidate for cabinet refacing and would like to explore your options, please contact one of our three Delaware showrooms. One of our award-winning designers will be happy to meet with you, evaluate your needs, and recommend the best solutions for you.

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Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center is proud to offer comprehensive remodeling services with the help of our state-of-the-art showrooms in Delaware and Maryland! Our showroom hours are as follows:

  • Wilmington
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m,
    Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Harbeson/Lewes
    Monday — Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m,
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Evenings by appointment
  • Newark Manufacturing
    Monday — Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m,
    Saturday: By appointment
    Evenings by appointment
  • Bel Air
    Monday — Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m,
    Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Evenings by appointment
  • Warehouse
    Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
    Saturday: 9 a.m – 1 p.m.
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“Although we have given this project a rating of 10 in all areas, we would like to give our thanks and appreciation to our designer Joel and installer Andrew (and crew) for the excellent job they did in remodeling our bath.  It was truly a pleasure working with them from beginning to end."

- Ron and Judy