Why You Should Replace Cabinet Doors
Give your kitchen a major makeover with a minor budget
New cabinet doors are one of the quickest changes you can make in the kitchen, while still imparting the feeling of a major facelift in one of your favorite rooms.
- If you change cabinet doors, you may want to also replace drawer fronts to match.
- Make sure your cabinets are in good condition—if they're truly worn out, a full replacement makes the most sense.
- If you currently have custom cabinet work, you'll likely need to replace old cabinets with new custom work to match your kitchen's unique cabinet footprint
All New Cabinetry Can Strain a Small Budget
Cabinetry is a valuable necessity in any kitchen. We look at them and open them more often than we realize—and their cost reflects their importance. If you were to replace a whole set of kitchen wall cabinets, you'd be looking at a major renovation and a major bill to match it.
Factor into your project plan:
- Cabinets often cost from a third to a half of a total kitchen makeover's budget.
- Custom cabinetry, designed by professionals to your exact needs, takes both time and money to produce.
- Demolition of old cabinets requires special care to prevent damage to your countertops and flooring.
- If you change a set of cabinets to a design with a larger footprint, installation costs will be higher.
Put a New Face on Your Cabinets with Simple Changes
Replacing cabinet doors lets you make changes that are more impactful than just a coat of paint (though that's a less expensive option if a fresh splash of color will make you see things in a new light).
Quick changes can include:
- Swapping in new hardware, like handles or decorative pulls,
- Updating with glass or plexiglass fronts to give your dishes the chance to shine,
- Using exotic hardwoods to add depth and contrast with interesting textures, or
- Moving from bright white to stainless steel or brushed copper for added sleekness.
How to Budget Your Cabinet Door Refacing Project
Replacement of cabinet doors can be accomplished relatively inexpensively, especially compared to what you'd pay to replace the entire set of cabinets. The average cost of stock or semi-custom kitchen cabinets ranges between $160 and $380 per linear foot, with fully custom options averaging $700 to $1,000 per linear foot.
To get a better idea of your potential outlay for full cabinet replacement, note that the average cost of materials and installation of stock or semi-custom styles ranges from $3,200 to $8,500 with the average for custom versions ranging as high as $12,500 to $18,100.
And even if you're up for constructing cabinetry yourself, you're still looking at a significant expense to get materials shipped to your door, due to their weight and size.
Can You DIY This Project? Yes You Can!
You can definitely replace cabinet doors yourself, if you're up for a little bit of work with some basic tools, and maybe a spare set of hands to help.
Refacing your cabinets can be as simple as measuring your existing doors, and heading to a showroom or online cabinet company. Once you've gotten your materials, you're ready to go.