If your kitchen or bathroom is in need of some upgrades or a major facelift, you’ve probably looked into replacing the cupboards. However, many people are surprised that they don’t need to replace them for a new-to-you look completely. Instead, look into cabinet refinishing. This option has a lot of benefits over replacement so take some time to familiarize yourself with the benefits before you decide to rip out your cupboards and start from scratch.
Cabinet Refinishing Is Eco-Friendly
Cabinet refinishing is an environmentally-friendly option over replacement. This is because the structure of the cupboards is preserved, rather than simply thrown away. Although the wood can be recycled, keeping them in your home is a better option. Each year more than 14 million tons of wood is thrown out. Although this wood comes from some sources, including wood pallets and furniture, cupboards do make up a large portion of this amount. Instead of recycling your cupboards or, worse, throwing them into a landfill, keep them in your home and only use refinishing techniques to give them a brand new look.
Cabinet Refinishing Is Budget-Friendly
A major kitchen remodels can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. New cupboards alone can cost at least $10,000 and even more if you’re considering a custom job. Since most people who are doing a kitchen remodel choose to upgrade the countertops, appliances, flooring and more, the cost can add up quickly. Many homeowners are choosing to use cabinet refinishing if the doors of the cupboards are in good condition or cabinet refinishing if the doors need to be replaced. During a refinishing job, the doors and drawers are removed and sanded down. At this point, a new stain, paint or even a new laminate is applied to change the look of the kitchen. During a refinishing job, the doors and drawers are discarded (ask if they’ll be recycled.) and new doors and drawers are ordered. The outer frames are either updated with new laminate, stain, or paint and the doors and drawers are made to match. Because you’re repurposing the existing cabinetry, you’ll save lots of money.
Cabinet Refinishing Is Less Disruptive To Your Home Life
A full kitchen remodels can seriously cramp your home life. In some cases, it’s impossible to use the kitchen for several weeks, which means you can’t cook, wash dishes or anything else. If you’re replacing the cabinetry, you’ll also need to find a place for everything that is usually inside it. If you’re choosing to resurface, you might be able to leave some of your dishes inside. Ask your contractors, however, before you leave everything in your cabinetry. Additionally, these refinishing jobs take less time than a full replacement. It takes about three weeks for refinishing and five days for refinishing (though it can take two to three weeks for the doors and drawers to come in after ordering).
Deciding which type of finish is best for your cabinetry depends on the look you’re trying to achieve and the shape your cabinetry is in. If you’re leery about tackling this type of project yourself, call in a professional who can help you determine which type of resurfacing is right for you.