The Real Cost of Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

It all depends on the size of your kitchen and the refacing material you want (wood, veneer, laminate, etc.) The cost of kitchen cabinet refacing approximately averages around $225/door. For a kitchen with 20 cabinet doors to reface, the total cost would be $4500.

Kitchen cabinet refacing before and after

Dreaming about refreshing your kitchen cabinets?

A cost-effective alternative to replacing them outright is cabinet refacing from Kitchen Gallery.

It gives you the same look, feel and result of a total kitchen gut job – without the mess, inconvenience or strain on your back account.

Today, we look at something we get asked about all the time at:

How much does cabinet refacing cost?

Kitchen cabinets must be in good shape for cabinet refacing

You’ve already established that you want to upgrade your kitchen cabinets.

So, it’s time to look at whether or not cabinet refacing is right for you:

  • Your kitchen cabinet boxes are in great shape, but don’t suit your style now
  • The doors and hardware are worn out and need fixing
  • You don’t want to interfere with your kitchen’s infrastructure (e.g. plumbing, electrical)

If that’s you, then kitchen cabinet refacing sounds like your best option.

Kitchen cabinet refacing projectKitchen cabinet refacing benefits

It’s smart.

It’s efficient.

It’s affordable.

It’s convenient.

Refacing your cabinets means that the existing cabinet boxes stay right where they are and covering them with a thin veneer (something like a vinyl or real wood surface).

The cabinet doors and drawers are replaced, which allows you to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen.

Plus, you can change any handles, hinges and other hardware components of your cabinets.

  • Tip: If you live in an older home, your cabinets may be prime for refacing. Older homes tend to have superior workmanship, which would mean your cabinet boxes are in excellent shape.

All wood is not equal


Look at the pros and cons of the most popular wood surfaces used for kitchen cabinet refacing.


Comparing cabinet refacing cost vs. replacement

Cost is the number one reason is a popular choice with homeowners vs. custom cabinetry.

Although it’s impossible to pinpoint an exact cost on both refacing and replacing, we can use some approximations to help determine a rough cost.

Using a 20 cabinet door project as a guide, according to Consumer Reports in 2012:

Average Budget Spent on a Complete Kitchen RemodelAverage Budget Spent on Kitchen Cabinet Refacing (20 Door Example)Expected Savings with Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

$225/cabinet door to be refaced

$225 x 20 = $4,500




With these approximations, the cost of refacing your cabinets is roughly 14% the cost to replace them outright.

And the end results are virtually the same.

Of course, the total cost of refacing your kitchen will depend on factors like:

  • Size and style of kitchen
  • Materials used in the doors and drawers
  • Hardware selections (on average, you’re looking at $12 per cabinet handle or drawer knob)

Again, please keep in mind this is an approximation only based on a Consumers Report article from 2012.

Refacing cabinet unitOne last benefit which can’t be measured in dollars

Refacing your kitchen cabinets can save you big money.

But there’s one more cost which can’t easily be calculated.

When you reface – instead of replace – your cabinets, you’ll be keeping extra debris (from your cabinet boxes) out of landfills and garbage dumps.

And there’s no real way to measure the dollar value of helping the environment.

Want more info? Ask for a FREE quote

If you want to undertake a kitchen remodeling project that involves upgrading your cabinets, put your wallet down.

Instead, contact us for a FREE quote on what it’ll cost to reface your kitchen cabinets.

(We’re fairly certain it’ll be lower than replacing them).

Request a FREE in-home consultation