We turned to an expert to help us decide between refinishing and replacing kitchen cabinets, which is a challenging yet costly decision.
Many requirements must be met when it comes to Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing. In addition to holding dishes, utensils, pots, and pans, as well as other kitchen supplies, they should be sturdy and large enough. Heavy traffic in the kitchen, as well as dirty hands from messy cooking, can cause sauce splatters, water spills, dings, and scratches on them. Moreover, they should look good. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
It is your choice. In a 2017 study, it was reported that the average spend on kitchen renovations ranged from $25,001 to $50,000-which makes finding cabinets that fulfill all these requirements and deliver a reasonable price tag complex.
So when it’s time to update your kitchen, whether for aesthetic or functional reasons, ask yourself: will you refinish your cabinets or replace them? Britte Ballard, an expert on design trends at N-Hance Wood Refinishing, offers insight into what homeowners must consider when making such a big decision.
Getting Kitchen Cabinets Refinished
According to Ballard, if the existing design of the cabinets in your kitchen is functional, you should refinish them. The best way to update your cabinets without changing how they are set up is to refinish them. This gives them a new look without costing a fortune or requiring you and your family to go through an expensive renovation. Refreshing old cabinetry can also be accomplished by updating the hardware.
Refinishing wood cabinets of high quality is also a viable option. Ballard explains that replacing cabinets is a costly decision if the cabinetry is less than ten years old and made from a superior wood such as cherry, maple, ash, oak, or hickory. In addition to preserving wood, refinishing these hardy cabinets can save money.
Refinishing your cabinets is a more economical option than replacing them; Ballard says you can save up to $5,000 this way. There may be no way to refinish wood cabinets if they aren’t made of wood. Unlike painted cabinets, lacquer cabinets tend to look more contemporary and are not as easy to refinish or even repaint.
Installing New Kitchen Cabinets
It is necessary to replace or repair kitchen cabinets that are severely damaged. The end. Putting a temporary patch over warping, water damage, mold, and other issues that impact the quality of the material is only a temporary solution. A warped kitchen cabinet, “cabinet soft spots,” and mold are all signs of excessive damage that should be repaired immediately, Ballard says.
Additionally, if you are not happy with the layout of your kitchen, it is time to replace your cabinets. The only option if you’re not happy with the layout of your cabinets (or there aren’t enough of them) and not their color or out-of-date is to replace them with a new layout.