How Much Does Cabinet Refacing Cost?

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Reviewed by Andy Kilborn
Updated January 24, 2022
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The national average cabinet refacing cost is $7,135

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If you’re tired of those old oak cabinets but can’t swing a complete remodel, there’s a more affordable way to get the new look you want. Cabinet refacing costs 30% to 50% less than a custom cabinet replacement, with most projects ranging between $4,300 and $9,980. As a bonus, it’s more environmentally friendly, too.

“Cabinet refacing has a wide variety of options,” says Andrew Kilborn, owner of Andy’s Handyman. “Make sure you look at examples of the various methods to ensure the finished product meets your expectations.”

How Much Does Cabinet Refacing Cost per Linear Foot?

If you’re considering cabinet refacing, first you need to make sure your cabinets are in good shape. Get in touch with a local cabinet repair contractor if there’s any structural damage to address.

From there, you have a few materials to choose from. Laminate is the least expensive, while real wood veneers require more of an investment.

Here are the average costs per linear foot:

  • Laminate: $91 per linear foot

  • High-quality veneer: $193 per linear foot

  • Real wood veneer: $454 per linear foot

Keep in mind that these are just basic figures. Your cabinet refacing cost will vary based on the size of your kitchen, the materials you use, and where you live. For the most accurate estimate, contact a kitchen cabinet refacing contractor near you.

How Much Does It Cost to Reface Kitchen Cabinets Near You?

Material prices and labor costs in your area can influence what you pay to reface your kitchen cabinets. Below are the average cabinet refacing costs for major cities across the U.S.

  • Boston: $6,740

  • Los Angeles: $8,600

  • New York: $7,630

  • Chicago: $7,020

  • Houston: $5,890

  • Boise, ID: $2,640

  • Denver: $5,380

  • Tampa, FL: $5,240

  • Nashville, TN: $6,420

How Much Does It Cost to Reface Cabinet Doors Yourself?

Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a meticulous and time-consuming project. If you have scrappy DIY skills and a lot of patience, though, you should be able to pull it off.

Here’s a list of the supplies and materials you may need, along with some average costs:

  • Screwdrivers: $10–$25

  • Brad nail gun: $50–$300

  • Miter saw: $150–$250

  • Circular saw: $50–$200

  • Cordless drill: $50–$300

  • Forstner drill bits: $20–$60

  • Caulk gun: $5–$15

  • Nails, sandpaper, and adhesive: $100+

  • File: $5–$10

  • Veneer-specific tools (scrapers, banders, trimmers): $200–$800

  • Wood/laminate veneers with matching doors & drawers: $500–$1,000+

  • Hinges, pulls, and accessories: $500–$3,500

Total: $1,645–$6,570

Depending on the size of your kitchen, this can be quite an expensive DIY—but it’s not your only option. For example, refinishing or painting your cabinets costs less than having them refaced while still offering a brand-new look. The price to stain your cabinets will run you a lot less as well.

Note: If you’re considering painting versus refinishing your kitchen cabinets, there’s potential for warping, peeling, or otherwise getting less-than-perfect results. It’s best to get in touch with a local cabinet painter if this is the route you want to go.

How Much Does It Cost to Reface Cabinets by Type?

When figuring your cabinet refacing cost, the material you use will be your biggest cost factor. Here are the average price ranges for these material categories:

  • Laminate: $1,000–$3,000 ($90 per linear foot)

  • High-quality veneer: $2,500–$6,500 ($190 per linear foot)

  • Real wood veneer: $6,000–$14,000 ($450 per linear foot)

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How Much Does Cabinet Refacing Cost by Style?

There are a few different styles for refacing your cabinets, each with varying price tags. When deciding which to go with for your home, budget is obviously important. Still, if you’re going to front the cost, it’s also crucial to find something you’ll be happy with. Below are the main styles to choose from, along with their key features.

Wood Veneer

Wood veneer cabinet doors cost $2,500 to $6,000 or more depending on the size of your kitchen. These are a more expensive option, but they give off the best “real wood” look. They also require sealing to block out moisture and prevent them from drying out.

Plastic Laminate

Plastic laminate is a budget-friendly option at about $1,000 to $3,000. While there are limited styles for cabinet doors and drawer fronts, there are many colors to choose from. These are also very durable, though they may crack or chip over time.

Rigid Thermofoil Laminate

Rigid thermofoil laminate is another budget-friendly choice for around $1,000 to $3,000. These offer realistic wood patterns and tons of style options. They’re also quite durable overall. However, they’re sensitive to heat and can chip near the edges or corners.

Solid Wood and Plywood

Plywood and solid wood cabinet refacing costs between $5,000 and $10,000 on average. Still, it makes up for the heftier price tag in quality and durability. Solid wood will give off the warmest, highest-quality look you could ask for.

What Factors Influence Your Cabinet Refacing Cost?

Altogether, the main factors that affect your cabinet refacing cost are:

  • The area you live in

  • The size of your kitchen

  • Labor costs

  • The laminate or veneers you choose

FAQs

What is the expected ROI on my cabinet refacing cost?

When you’re selling your home, your potential buyers will place a lot of stock in how beautiful (or dated) your kitchen is. Refacing your kitchen cabinets yields an average of 65% to 75% of your initial investment back in added value to your home. It’ll also help move it off the market a lot quicker, too.

How can you save money when refacing your kitchen cabinets?

First, consider painting or refinishing your cabinets instead of refacing. A local cabinet refinisher can give you a whole new look for roughly one-third of the price.

If you’re sure that refacing your cabinets is what you’d prefer to do, avoid hiring based on price alone. Some companies that offer inexpensive cabinet refacing use subpar materials that will chip, crack, and have you unhappy again in no time at all. Instead, get multiple quotes from reputable cabinet refacing contractors, check portfolios, and go with whoever gives you the best value for your money.

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