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How Much Does Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Cost?

 
low costReplacing Cabinet Knobs: $2-$20+ eachaverage costDo-It-Yourself Refacing Kitchen Cabinets: $200-$500high costRefacing Laminate: $1,000-$3,000; Real wood, $2,500-$6,000+
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If don't like your current kitchen cabinet layout and storage capacity, consider replacing them. But if you like how the cabinets are set up and they're structurally sound, just dated or scratched on the outside, you can make your kitchen sparkle for a lot less money simply by having the cabinets refaced.

Typical costs:

  • When the cabinets are in good shape both inside and out but the hardware is blah or outdated, make a quick fix by installing new pulls, knobs and hinges. These start around $2-$4 each at the standard home improvement store, but can be $20-$50 apiece or more for custom designs and colors. ThisOldHouse.com[1] displays photos of customized knobs and pulls from $10-$140 each.
  • Refacing the cabinets in a typical kitchen starts around $1,000-$3,000 for rigid thermofoil (RTF) or plastic laminate and $2,500-$6,000 for real wood veneer (about 1/4-inch think), although costs can rise to $7,000-$9,000 or more for a large project with high-quality wood veneer.
  • Materials alone run about $200-$500 for a do-it-yourself cabinet refacing project, but this work can be both messy and time-consuming. Specialized veneer tools such as rollers, blades and irons can add $5-$60 or more.
Related articles: Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchen Countertops, Kitchen Remodeling

What should be included:
  • The contractor will remove all doors, drawer fronts and hardware; install veneer on the remaining bases; then add new matching doors, drawer fronts and hardware. A typical cabinet refacing job takes two to four days, although a simple project can be done in a single day, and more complex ones will take longer than four days. HomeAndGardenTV.com provides illustrated do-it-yourself directions.
  • The least expensive veneer option is RTF, which is exceedingly durable, easy to clean, comes in a wide variety of styles and can be made to look like a painted surface or wood. Plastic laminates are slightly more expensive and come in more colors but aren't as durable. Wood veneers which are the most expensive option -- usually costing about 25 percent more than laminates. BobVila.com reviews options for cabinet hardware and refacing veneers; and Betters Homes & Gardens[2] displays a slideshow of ideas for unique cabinet makeovers.
Additional costs:
  • The paperback Refacing Cabinets: Making an Old Kitchen New[3] retails for $19.95.
Shopping for refacing kitchen cabinets:
  • Contractor referrals are available through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry[4] .
  • Get several estimates, making clear what is (and isn't) included in each quote. Request and check references; ask about the contractor's length and type of experience; and be sure they're properly bonded, insured and licensed in your state[5] . See if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[6] .
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Cabinet Refacing Home Depot
Amount: $17,000.00
Posted by: KRox42 in Cleveland, OH.Posted: July 4th, 2017 06:07PM
I was interested in refacing my kitchen due to less cost. I was shocked by estimate. I set it up but will be canceling as after thinking about it, realized it's way too high. I am sure it would look good but I'm looking for $5k-$6k not $17k. This was only refacing and no new countertops.
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Cabinet refacing
Amount: $24,000.00
Posted by: Multiple Quotes! in Bay Area, CA.Posted: April 20th, 2017 01:04AM
I got a quote from Home Depot. I chose simple shaker style fronts. My kitchen is 42 linear feet. It seems way smaller than that though. It's cramped with 2 people cooking. I already paid $8300 for a very small amount of tile backsplash and whitish quartz countertop from Home Depot. I thought that was on the high side but the rep made it sound like the next step, cabinet refacing would be a deal. Anyway, with all these extra freebies, just like some of you have mentioned, the quote for the cabinet refacing was $24,000. If you combine that with the quartz and tile backsplash that's $32,000 total. I know you can get a whole new kitchen for that! Something's wrong here for sure. I told the very nice Home Depot rep, no thanks. He said the price he quoted was on sale and today was the last day, etc. Even offered free financing. I don't buy on credit.
No thanks Home Depot. I'll try my luck elsewhere. I'll update this soon.
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Kitchen refacing
Amount: $5,300.00
Posted by: Mrskimtoyou in Lake Elsinore, CA.Posted: August 29th, 2016 02:08AM
Took four days, new cabinet pulls,door hinges, sanding and painting. Very pleased with the work I had done.
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cabinet refacing & new doors / drawer fronts
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: jimbob in sacramento, CA.Posted: September 6th, 2015 11:09PM
Yep! seventeen hundred- Figured I could do it myself if I took time. Cabinets were ash, stripped finish & sanded, then used 5/32 cherry ply on the ends & real cherry veneer on the fronts- installed with contact cement & trimmed. go real slow - it can be done.+ 16 new, not old faced doors & 6 drawer fronts.
Doors were changed to solid wood raised panel cherry with blum hidden soft close hinges, made locally, but you can also get custom doors from Barker doors.com- great quality.
Mine cost $ 22.30 per square ft. for the doors custom made.
Whole job will be around $2000.00 including materials to stain & lacquer everything.
Not including any counter tops as I already had
Silestone in good cond.
Watch lots of you tube refacing videos- the best one is in about 8 parts. If you have any idea of what your hands are for, you can do it.
You will try harder than the guy that just comes to blast it out. It's time consuming but you only need to be smarter than the wood......
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HD Kitchen ReFace
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Teddy in The Villages, FL.Posted: April 10th, 2015 01:04PM
16 larger door fronts, 4 smaller, 4 large drawers,new, flip out under sink, 3 cabinet pullouts, all new hardware, 2 end caps on the island that resemble the drawer fronts, crown on top of upper cabinets, light rail under cabinets, toe kick to match. Martha Stewart MDF Picket Fence. HD a little bit more but they are reliable and stand behind their products and workmanship. They have done 2 previous homes for us with no issues. Staff is responsive to calls and scheduling is on time. Purchased 3/2015.
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refacing
Amount: $10.00
Posted by: Csokol in Canton, mi., MI.Posted: April 6th, 2015 01:04PM
Home Depot quoted us over $10k for 18-holes and subway backsplash. We found a local company for the re-facing for $5k and got two bids for tile under $700. Outta their minds......don't fall for it, do your homework!
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Refacing Kitchen Canbinets
Amount: $12,114.00
Posted by: No way HD in Atlanta, GA.Posted: March 31st, 2015 06:03PM
3/31/2015 had Home Depot come out and give me an estimate on refacing 30 linear feet of cabinets , drawers, and building a custom cabinet. When he said 12,000.00 I sent the guy packing and will be looking for someone else as this is twice the price that You should be paying for a standard refacing. For 12K I should be getting a whole new set of cabinets. i want to add that I already have granite counter tops and a tiled backsplash so he couldn't sell me that!
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Home Depot Kitchen Cabinet Refacing "Deal".
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: Steve Dostovo in Scranton, PA.Posted: March 23rd, 2015 12:03PM
Similar to what many others have posted here.We were approached at a local Home Depot offering a free estimate to have our kitchen refaced. Long story short, they rescheduled two times before actually showing up. No big deal, though they did call AFTER the time they were supposed to be there both times. Third time, the guy comes and he gives us the speech, shows us some things. We hear him out and he says before he quotes us we need to know this "Steal" is only good for tonight after that it would be more money. So he quotes us at $20,000 just to reface the cabinets. We have 35 liner feet of cabinets. I know that can be considered a lot...BUT $20,000? Told him no thanks and he said we would never find a better price. We ended up contacting a local contractor with a good rep who did work for friends and family. We now have all NEW cabinets, new counter tops, a new 3x5 island and had a wall removed and an 8ft breakfast nook (bar) added for 24K. Glad we said no to Home Depot!
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The home depot refacing quote
Amount: $18,000.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Cypress, TX.Posted: February 23rd, 2015 03:02PM
Got a quote for 21.6k on refacing my cabinets. I thought it was pretty high and I've canceled my purchase after I just bought it. their manager Brad was pushing to come over my house and not meet at his office to cancel the deal, as I have that right within 3 days. When he showed up he tried to convince me to keep the prchase and he would give me another 10% off while talking crap about the designer, which was really a nice guy...so, I was wondering if there was 10% off more, why not received it from the start....I didn't buy it in the end and found a local company , KCR.llc for about 5k less..
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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Amount: $10,413.00
Posted by: Mini Mike in Evanston, IL.Posted: December 7th, 2014 10:12AM
Bid from Home Depot. 12 Cabinet Fronts, 8 Drawers fronts, hinges, pulls, facing, and glides. Not real wood. $520 a hole. Not A Chance!
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CABINET/COUNTERTOP REFACING
Amount: $13,350.00
Posted by: rosetta m in penderlea, NC.Posted: October 20th, 2014 08:10AM
i have a L shape kitchen. 18ft one side and 30ft on the other side. a total of 15 cabinets. i just wanted a quote on refacing using laminate cabinets and counter tops. the cost would be $13,350 from home depot. both sears and lowes said thats the cost of a remodel job with new appliances, flooring and top of the line cabinets and granite countertops.. so their quotes was 4,500-5,000...
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Refacing kitchen cabinets
Amount: $8,800.00
Posted by: JSH1 in Concord, NC.Posted: June 16th, 2014 11:06AM
Very high pressure sales tactic had us feeling very uncomfortable. Being held to the "you need to make a decision immediately" is a real turn off. Told Home Depot to take a hike. Went to Lowes and got new cabinets and new counter tops for 1/2 the $8800.
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Bid from Sears
Amount: $19,150.00
Posted by: Citified in Canyon Lake, CA.Posted: April 12th, 2014 10:04AM
I have 38 linear feet of cabinets, two countertops for both master and hall bathroom, plus faucets. The demo wall long but I could finance a portion. Does this sound right?
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Cabinet Refacing in Kaneohe, Hi 96744
Amount: $5,500.00
Posted by: Dave W. in Kaneohe, HI.Posted: January 28th, 2013 08:01PM
I had a handyman, as he said he was, come over and give me an estimate to replace my cabinet fascia. This handyman was always late, and sometime never showed up. So I look online, Craigslist, and found the best handyman service in Hawaii, CRU KUSTOM WORKZ. These guys were always on-time never late and finished the cabinets in 3 weeks. Now this re-facing was not a kit, CRU KUSTOM WORKZ customized the cabinet fascias with pine wood slats. I have been authorized by CRU KUSTOM WORKZ to share this link to his photos: https://facebook.com/CruKustomWorkz/photos_albums,scoll down till you see the Kaneohe Cabinet Re-Facing album.rn They are a life saver because I had to move to my new home and get the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity done before the renters came in, they finished in time and has been very helpful and upfront with me from the start. I would call them before you call Home Depot or any other cabinet contractor on Oahu. Thank you for doing this job for me.
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Do not go with Bix Box Retailers unless you want big price
Amount: $17,000.00
Posted by: a user in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: December 16th, 2012 02:12PM
Home Depot quoted us $25k to reface our current 42in cabinets, add new island and countertops(granite).
Sears quoted us $26k to do the same work as HD and $30k if we added three new cabinets for bar area. Spent 3yrs telling us about their brand, warranty and what they could not do - boring!
Went with local company (Cabinet Coatings of America) as they quoted us $12k, including island, bar area and some other modifications like soft close drawers and adding a utility cabinet next to the fridge. With countertops, came to $17k. Purchased sink and faucet online as saved about half on same products then going to local retailer as we were looking for a composite sink(faucetdirect.com).
Another local company quoted us $18k for the bells and whistles too.
Get multiple quotes as I do not trust big box stores due to this and prior experiences as their quotes always seem to be too high and have little flexibility in options. Find a small business that has been doing the work for over 10 years.
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Refacing 20 linear feet
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: 1martima in Toledo, OH.Posted: December 8th, 2012 09:12AM
Home Depot said they charge min $300 per linear ft.and have a $3,500 min charge. Really weren't interested even to come and give an estimate on small jobs.
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Cabinet Refacing and Synthtic counter-top
Amount: $20,500.00
Posted by: Jaxops in VAB in Virginia Beach, VA.Posted: November 28th, 2012 05:11AM
Home Depot came in at $28,000.00 for 36 ft of cabinet doors in cherry wood, and a Starin synthetic counter-top. They are running a 20% discount and a $200.00 military discount to take it down to the $20K price. I am getting a 2nd estimate based on your comments here.
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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Amount: $27,336.00
Posted by: kenogirl in Ca in Selma, CA.Posted: June 12th, 2012 04:06PM
I guess this estimate is the winner! I was shocked by Home Depots price for refacing my small kitchen and moving my island. I do have several cabinets and wanted premium dove tail and concealed hinges, but I did not pick real wood cabinets. This estimate did not include flooring or countertops. The salesman was very sweet, but I am still in shock at the price. My personal price range was around $10,000. No more Home Depot!
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Cabinet Refacing
Amount: $7,900.00
Posted by: Lynn Wack in San Diego, CA.Posted: June 4th, 2012 08:06AM
We had an outdated natural oak 1980's kitchen with a good and functional layout. We hired CHIPS CABINET FINISHING CO. in San Diego to reface our kitchen Cabinets. We have about 20 doors 2 of which are pantery and 7 drawers. We chose a solid wood, raised panel design in maple and had them finished in a dark espresso color. Our kitchen is just gorgeous. It took about 4 days total because we had some matching crown molding installed too. We are SO HAPPY and spent much less than the quotes we got for new cabinets..By the time you pay for the demo, new cabinets, installation, plumber to reinstall the sink, adjust the flooring for the new cabinet etc.. this was so much easier and my kitchen looks brand new. We also had them replace some of the old drawer glides and they updated our old bronze hinges with nice stainless steel ones.
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Home Depot Bid on Cabinet Refacing (U.S. Remodelers)
Amount: $13,000.00
Posted by: Val Sawhill in Bradenton, FL.Posted: March 13th, 2012 07:03PM
A complete RIP OFF! Over a THOUSAND dollars per cabinet for some stick-on wood veneer and new door/drawer fronts???? Are you kidding me? I have a small kitchen, only 12 cabinets, and the proposal was for $13,200! BUT, if I signed today they'd knock off $900. Yeah, right. Unbelievable. When checking around with independent contractors the "going rate" was about $100-$150 per "hole," meaning a cabinet with a door and a drawer would count as 2 holes. At that rate my kitchen should be done for less than $3,000. For the price Home Depot wanted you could get brand new high quality cabinets installed professionally. And the high-pressure sales tactics are disgusting. After this experience I'm tempted not to buy ANYTHING from Home Depot ever again.
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Cabinet refacing - HD
Amount: $10.00
Posted by: Home Makeover in Clarksville, TN.Posted: February 3rd, 2012 10:02PM
seemed high, sales man said I could get it down to 8800. with a discount. Was not planning on getting it now but in a few months. want to know what other quotes others went with. It seems everyone thinks Home Depot/us remodelers is high.
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