Your kitchen cabinets serve an incredibly important function. Without cabinets, organization and access become much more challenging throughout the kitchen space. Because they often take up a lot of space, they also have an enormous effect on the overall appearance of your kitchen. As a result, you might be thinking about investing in new cabinets if your existing cabinets have become visually outdated; however, before you decide to replace your kitchen cabinets, you should consider refacing them instead.

What is Cabinet Refacing?

When you reface a cabinet, you’re leaving most of it in place. Meaning, the existing cabinet structure is left in place. Instead of tearing out the entire cabinet in order to install a brand new cabinet, you would simply replace the “skin” of the cabinet — the cabinet doors, drawer fronts, veneer, and hardware (such as the handles, hinges, and drawer pulls).

The following are five of the major benefits of kitchen cabinet refacing vs replacement:

1. Refacing saves money

Refacing your cabinets is the more cost-efficient option. In many cases, refacing will cost as little as half of what it would cost to replace your cabinets. The reason is simple — when refacing your cabinets, you’re not paying for as many new materials. Instead of replacing the entire cabinet, you’re only replacing a few of the elements (such as the cabinet door and hardware). Additionally, when you install new cabinets, it requires more work since the old cabinets have to be removed. This adds to the cost of labor. 

2. Refacing saves time

Replacing the cabinet doors and drawers and upgrading the cabinet hardware will take much less time to do than completely removing your old cabinets and installing brand new ones. Refacing can typically be done within a single day, whereas replacing cabinets can take days to complete. Besides the fact that time is money, by refacing your cabinets instead of replacing them, you’ll be able to begin using your cabinets again much sooner.

3. Refacing is less messy

Removing your old cabinets is going to result in a big mess. Not only will you have to deal with disposing of old materials, but you’ll also have to clean up all of the debris that may have built up over time. This can render your kitchen unusable for a longer period of time. Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a much less messy process.