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Kitchen Cabinet Dilemma – Reface or Replace?

If your wallet is loaded and you like everything new, you will undoubtedly replace old kitchen cabinets. But for the rest of us, it’s never quite that easy a decision. Getting quality results and spending less is a much more popular quest, so let’s look at some of the pros and cons of our alternatives.

Cabinet Refacing
Ultimately, if all signals are go, this is a great choice. It costs about 1/3 the cost of new cabinets, and will look brand new, be much sturdier and will have beautiful new interiors.

However, if you want to go this route, there are still some considerations you need to deal with before embarking down this path. You could just paint or stain over them, but before heading out to the paint store, read our article “Refacing Wins Over Paint Every Time”.


Are your cabinets structurally sound, made of wood, without major damage? If the wood is in good condition, has no warps, splits or uneven angles, you have a plus.


Are the joints tight and the drawers easy to slide? How do the angles look? Are the doors hanging evenly? Is there any warping or disintegration?

Kitchen Design
If you are happy with the current design of your kitchen, it’s another plus. Refacing cabinets will not give you any new options for storage, layout or additional cabinet space. But when you plan to leave everything in place, you have another “good to go” factor.

Besides saving a lot of money, another big factor for refacing kitchen cabinets is that the job can be done quicker. Removing and installing brand new ones may take 3 or 4 weeks compared to 3 or 4 days to reface.

Cabinet refacing is an excellent choice if you just want to freshen up the look of your kitchen. With the selection of styles, colors and materials, you can create just about any look you want.

We, at Home Improvements of Colorado, are happy to talk to you about your options and guide you to the best alternative for your particular situation. Email us of give us a call at 303-452-6467.

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Cabinet Refacing in the Denver Metro Area

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