Refacing Bathroom Cabinets
Many homeowners today are saving money by refacing bathroom cabinets rather than completely replacing their existing cabinets. There are three primary ways to reface cabinets: refinish or paint existing cabinet and drawer fronts, install new wood laminate veneer over existing cabinet and drawer fronts and install completely new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
In all three cases, new hardware such as hinges and pulls helps to complete the update. The interiors of the cabinets can also be sanded, painted or stained for a completely new look.
Even with the potential cost savings, however, refacing isn’t right for every bathroom remodel. Before making the decision to reface, rather than replace, homeowners need to consider a number of factors, starting with the bones of their existing cabinetry.
If they are not high quality cabinets to begin with, it usually makes send to replace all of cabinets. Therefore, don’t spend money to reface products that are truly worn out. Do not put more money into installing new countertops and backsplash materials on top of old worn cabinets that are not of high-quality material that will last over time. In addition, if the functionality of your old cabinets is not there, even more of a reason to have all new cabinets installed.
Another alternative for homeowners with older cabinets in good condition is to remove the doors altogether and convert their existing cabinets to open shelving. Interior shelves can be removed or reconfigured inside the existing cabinet frames for a thoroughly modern and updated look.
If your cabinets are in good condition then it makes sense for you to invest in an updated countertop material, as well as a beautiful backsplash. Put the “Wow” into those two elements to make your kitchen or bathroom uniquely yours. This will also help raise the value of your home, since the two most important areas of your home that should be updated is your kitchen and bathroom, it’s the first thing buyers look for.
There are so many material options to choose from today. Options for countertops include granite, quartz, marble, limestone, laminate, and even glass. Backsplash options are endless and you can use just about any material because it doesn’t get the wear and tear like the countertop space. Keep your cabinet style simple and timeless, but make it unique with a beautiful countertop, enhanced by the backsplash materials.
The Benefits of Refacing Bathroom Cabinets
Homeowners are increasingly choosing cabinet refacing over full blown remodeling because of the many advantages cabinet refacing offers. Below are listened just a few.
Cost ? A typical reface can save you as much as 60?75% over the cost of a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Cabinet replacement can cost from $15,000 to $40,000 with the cost variation based on: room size, type of wood and cabinet style, and extent of work.
Keep Good Construction ? Having your cabinets torn out and replaced rarely gives you the same quality cabinet construction that you may already have. Cabinet refacing lets you keep the solid cabinetry you have by adding top quality doors to complement the style of your home.
Cabinet Appearance ? Except to a trained professional, it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between new cabinets and refaced cabinets. The appearance of your new cabinet doors will give you that newly remodeled look without the headache of actually remodeling.
Refacing Construction Time ? A typical bathroom remodel can take weeks and sometimes months to complete. The average bathrooms reface takes about 5?7 days. In a matter of days, Petkus Brothers can transform your old, worn out cabinetry with a fresh, modern look that is just as beautiful as cabinet remodeling.
Choice ? With new cabinet construction all the existing cabinets must be torn out. This leaves you no choice but to replace the counter tops, floors, sink, oven, stove, etc. Refacing allows you to leave your bathroom intact thus greatly reducing the cost to you.
Step by Step of Refacing Bathroom Cabinets
You’ll need a tape measure, Phillips screwdriver, 120, 220 and 400 grit sandpaper, denatured alcohol, roller, paint, paint brush and cabinet hardware such as drawer pulls and knobs.
Step 1: Measure the width and height of the current doors and drawer fronts.
Step 2: Order new doors and drawer fronts from your home improvement store or cabinet shop. You can also order from online companies that sell cabinet fronts and will ship them directly to your house.
Step 3: Remove the old doors and drawer fronts. Most drawer fronts are held in place by two screws, usually Phillips head, located inside the drawer. Doors are attached with hinges. Unscrew the hinges, again usually with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Step 4: Fill nicks and dings in the cabinet face frame with Spackle for painted cabinets or a stainable wood filler for stain-grade cabinets, and sand smooth with 120-grit sandpaper. Or you can use color-matched filler and apply it after the cabinets are stained.
Step 5: Sand the entire exterior of the cabinet box using a random orbit sander, or sand it by hand if you have no sander using 120-grit sand paper. The goal is to remove the clear coat and most of the stain on stained cabinets that are going to be re-stained. If you plan on painting stained cabinets, simply removing the clear coat will be enough. For painted cabinets, sand to leave a uniformly smooth surface and remove any surface gunk that might prevent paint from sticking.
You don’t have to break the bank to update your bathroom,refacing bathroom cabinets are one of the best way to get the bathroom updating. But do be choosy in your material selections. This is where a professional interior designer comes in. Hiring a designer is a small investment in the grand scale of a remodel project expense. Getting it done right the first time around saves you time, money, and energy in the long run. Your project will run smoother, be within budget, and will get done faster, so you can relax and enjoy your beautiful new space