You’re looking to make big changes to your kitchen, and the cabinets will be the first thing to go. But let’s face it: cabinets take up a massive chunk of real estate in your kitchen, and they can be expensive and time-consuming to replace.
But that doesn’t always have to be the case. There’s more than one way to give your cabinets a new lease on life. You can give them a new look and feel that entirely changes the appearance of your kitchen. You’ve definitely got some options here. You can either remodel your whole kitchen, or you could just adjust your cabinetry. Both are great approaches that will give your kitchen the makeover it deserves.
The Case For (And Against) Remodeling
Remodeling your kitchen and replacing your cabinets is one way to shake things up. This often involves a massive overhaul and will see you gutting your existing cabinetry and replacing everything. You can change the size, shape, style, layout, materials, and utility of your cabinets with a complete remodel. This method is excellent if you’re after a totally new look. It’s completely customizable, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll get exactly the look that you’re after.
However, renovations can also be costly and time-consuming. It takes a lot of time and energy to measure, design, and install brand new cabinetry. So if you’re working with limited funds, or have a busy household where you can’t lose your kitchen space for an extended period, this might not be the best option for you.
Plus, there are time considerations. New custom cabinets can take anywhere from four to ten weeks to arrive, depending on the degree of customization. Then, demolishing and removing your existing cabinetry typically takes a day or two.
Once everything is ready to go, installation typically takes one and a half hours per unit of cabinetry, so in an average-sized kitchen, a full installation can take an additional two-to-three days, minimum. Without taking into account the timeframe needed for planning and delivery, a cabinet remodel can take a full work-week to complete.
This is all assuming you’re ripping out the old cabinets, and the new ones are going in pretty close to the same place. If you’re going for the full-Monty renovation, it could take weeks or even months, as you’ll need to adjust the drywall, backsplash, and electrical accordingly.
Refinishing and Refacing
If you’re not in a position to do a full remodel but still want to give your cabinets a facelift, why not go for a cabinet adjustment, such as refinishing or refacing?
These options are both much quicker, less invasive, and less intensive than a full-fledged remodel. They’ll give you that fresh look you want in your kitchen with half the amount of work and a much lower cost.
Refacing and refinishing both involve modifying the existing cabinetry, instead of replacing the entire structure. With these surfaces, the fundamental structure of your cabinets stays the same. There is no demolition or removal, which means you’re already shaving at least a day or two off of the process.
During refinishing, the cabinet boxes are given a thorough wipe, and the doors are removed. Then, a filler can be applied to smooth out any blemishes before the surfaces are sanded down, cleaned off, primed, and refinished. It’s the perfect way to breathe life into cabinets that have good bones but may just be a little aesthetically outdated.
Refinishing is super cost-effective, and the job can take between a few days and a week. Plus, the result will last much longer and is more durable than simply painting your cabinets.
With refacing, the front doors of the cabinet are removed and replaced. It’s a happy middle ground between refinishing and remodeling, though still much less expensive than the latter.
Trends in cabinet styles can change quickly, which means that if you have outdated cabinet doors, a new finish might not cut it. But if the cabinet boxes are still in good shape and you’re happy with their placement, there’s no reason you can’t just replace their coverings.
Refacing is a fantastic solution for busy kitchens, as the new doors can be color-matched to your existing cabinets, prepared offsite, and then installed onto the frames. You won’t have to live in a dusty disaster zone, and you can start enjoying your “brand new” kitchen right away.
Whatever method works for you, the design-build team at Foley Companies can make it happen. Our seasoned professionals make updating your cabinets a breeze, and you’re sure to be thrilled with the finished product. Reach out today, and let’s get started.