Every kitchen can benefit from an update from time to time, so many homeowners must face the decision of buying a new set of cabinets or working with what they already have. As long as the cabinets are in fair condition, refinishing them is a smart alternative to purchasing new ones. Since you don’t need to have the cabinets broken down, removed and reinstalled, you can save a lot of time, money and labor.
If you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen, we recommend looking at the benefits of refinishing or painting your cabinets first.
On average, new cabinets cost $5,000 to $8,000, and the demolition can take 3-6 weeks. Cabinet refinishing, on the other hand, costs about half of what you’ll spend on a complete reinstall.
It’s likely that your cabinets are in good condition, but the doors may need an improvement. Therefore, ripping out perfectly good cabinets to reinstall new ones is unnecessary. Plus, when you remove cabinets, you must pay the added costs to have new countertops installed and possibly a plumber to install a new sink. The only time a complete reinstall of new cabinets is needed is if the cabinets are in poor condition (cracked, warped) or if you’re redesigning the layout of the kitchen.
If you don’t like to wait for a new project to be completed (who does?!), then you’ll appreciate that the cabinet refinishing process is usually pretty smooth. Unlike putting your entire kitchen through a major renovation, refinishing can take as little as 2-3 days if you have the right team working on the job. This timeline works out great for people who are short on time or want their kitchen refinished before family comes to town.
More families are looking to lower their carbon footprints, and one of the easiest ways to do this is with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. If you’re not changing the layout of your kitchen and your cabinets are in decent condition, you’ll only being contributing to the accumulation of hazardous waste if you throw your cabinets and counters away. Think about how much trash (and trees!) you can save just by being smart about using what’s already there.
Perhaps the greatest benefit to refinishing your kitchen cabinets is the number of options available. Many cabinet manufacturers these days have limited options, unless you want to pay the expensive cost of having your cabinets custom made. Refinishing actually opens up more options without you having to open up your pocketbook. You can have the cabinets stained darker or lighter or have them painted an entirely new color.
Other options to consider include changing the grain pattern, adding new trimming, doors and hardware and incorporating glass doors to showcase fine dishes and collectibles. Most companies that offer refinishing services can also order extra doors, drawers and boxes if any of yours are damaged. H.J. Holtz works with partner companies that can replace doors and reconfigure existing cabinets.
If you’re considering refinishing your kitchen cabinets, call H.J. Holtz and Son. You’ll be amazed at the possibilities for transforming your kitchen on a budget. Maybe this year you can renovate your kitchen and take that long-awaited vacation!