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What Is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing and How Much Does It Cost?

Remodel your kitchen without a major renovation. Kitchen cabinet refacing is a convenient way to give your kitchen a whole new look by replacing cabinet door and drawer fronts and veneering the exterior of the cabinet boxes.

Your kitchen layout stays the same and the existing cabinets remain in place, so you can avoid a major renovation while still getting a noticeable return on investment.

In Canada, the average kitchen cabinet refacing cost is $6,500 for a job that involves brand new cabinet doors, cabinet boxes updated with engineered materials to match new doors, new hinges, cabinet hardware and labour, taxes excluded. Cabinet refacing cost typically ranges from $5,000 in the low end to $12,000 for larger projects.

Enhancements like glass doors, light valances, crown moulding, new hardware and other accessories can easily be added for a more customized look.

When Is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing The Best Option?

When it comes to updating or upgrading your kitchen cabinets, your main choices are between installing new cabinets or kitchen cabinet refacing. Alternatively, a popular DIY solution is simply painting your existing cabinetry. The right option for your project will depend on your individual needs and budget.

Here’s how kitchen cabinet refacing compares to the alternatives.

  Kitchen Cabinet Refacing (products and installation) New Kitchen Cabinet Installation Painting Existing Kitchen Cabinets (DIY option)
Comparative Cost to complete
  • $$
  • $$
  • $
How long to Install
  • 1-4 days
  • 1 week
  • Depends on your work schedule

Key advantages

  • Get the look of a full kitchen makeover faster than other options, with less expense and less mess.
  • No hidden plumbing or electrical costs and no need to redecorate or change the flooring.
  • A wide variety of traditional and contemporary door styles and finishes to choose from.
  • Decorative hardware, moulding and other accessories available for a fully customizable look.
  • Allows you to remake the layout of your kitchen with all-new cabinetry.
  • A wide variety of traditional and contemporary door styles and finishes to choose from.
  • Decorative hardware, moulding and other accessories available for a fully customizable look.
  • Saves on time and material costs, as well as labour.
  • Cabinet painting can be a good, easy DIY project.
  • Update your old cabinets without replacing them.
  • A viable option if existing cabinets are still in good shape.
Warranty?
  • 5 year manufacturer’s warranty and standard 1 year, parts and labour
  • Standard 1 year, parts and labour
  • Long-term warranty available from some manufacturers
  • Not applicable
Available from Home Depot Installers?
  • Available from licensed, background-checked and insured Home Depot Installers.
  • Available from licensed, background-checked and insured Home Depot Installers.
  • Service is not available from Home Depot Installers; however, it’s a common DIY project for homeowners.
  Kitchen Cabinet Refacing (products and installation)
Comparative Cost to complete
  • $$
How long to Install
  • 1-4 days

Key advantages

  • Get the look of a full kitchen makeover faster than other options, with less expense and lessmess.
  • No hidden plumbing or electrical costs and no need to redecorate or change the flooring.
  • A wide variety of traditional and contemporary door styles and finishes to choose from.
  • Decorative hardware, moulding and other accessories available for a fully customizable look.
Warranty?
  • 5 year manufacturer’s warranty and standard 1 year, parts and labour
Available from Home Depot Installers?
  • Available from licensed, background-checked and insured Home Depot Installers.
  New Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Comparative Cost to complete
  • $$
How long to Install
  • 1 week

Key advantages

  • Allows you to remake the layout of your kitchen with all-new cabinetry.
  • A wide variety of traditional and contemporary door styles and finishes to choose from.
  • Decorative hardware, moulding and other accessories available for a fully customizable look.
Warranty?
  • Standard 1 year, parts and labour
  • Long-term warranty available from some manufacturers
Available from Home Depot Installers?
  • Available from licensed, background-checked and insured Home Depot Installers.
  Painting Existing Kitchen Cabinets (DIY option)
Comparative Cost to complete
  • $
How long to Install
  • Depends on your work schedule

Key advantages

  • Saves on time and material costs, as well as labour.
  • Cabinet painting can be good, easy DIY project.
  • Update your old cabinets without replacing them.
  • A viable option if existing cabinets are still in good shape.
Warranty?
  • Not applicable
Available from Home Depot Installers?
  • Service is not available from Home Depot Installers; however, it’s a common DIY project for homeowners.

How Cabinet Refacing Is Done

Cabinet refacing is a convenient alternative to kitchen cabinet refacing. This is because rather than removing and replacing cabinets, they’re simply refreshed with new front coverings – refreshing your kitchen’s look in a fraction of the time it takes to install new cabinets.

  1. All existing doors, drawer fronts and hinges are removed.
  2. Cabinet surfaces are prepared for matching coverings.
  3. Matching coverings are applied to all visible exteriors of the cabinets in laminate, vinyl or matching veneer.
  4. Coverings are trimmed for the perfect fit.
  5. New doors, drawer fronts, hinges and handles are installed.
  6. The new look is complete. Crown moulding, light valances and other accessories can be added for décor and functionality.

Choose Your New Cabinet Doors

Doors are the most visible component of your cabinets and the key element in transforming the look of your kitchen. The Home Depot offers a large selection of doors for cupboard or cabinet refacing, including the following:

3D Laminate Collection

3D laminate doors are designed to create a seamless front that’s free of edge-banding. 3D laminate doors come in slab, shaker and raised panel profile options in a wide range of colours, finishes and prices.

Style: 1150 Colour: Charcoal

Style: 1150
Colour: Charcoal SuperMatte

Style: 7500 Colour: Tuxedo

Style: 7500
Colour: Tuxedo

Style: 9100 Colour: Brazilian Walnut

Style: 9100
Colour: Brazilian Walnut

Style: 7000 Colour: Skye

Style: 7000
Colour: Skye

Style: 4000 Colour: Gibraltar

Style: 4000
Colour: Gibraltar

Style: 10200 Colour: Stone Grey

Style: 10200
Colour: Stone Grey

Style: 1100 Colour: Libretti

Style: 1100
Colour: Libretti

Style: 900 Colour: Nizza

Style: 900
Colour: Nizza

Style: 10900 Colour: Queenston Oak

Style: 10900
Colour: Queenston Oak

Style: 10500 Colour: Nizza

Style: 10500
Colour: Nizza

Style: Shaker Shallow Colour: Stratus Supermatte

Style: Shaker Shallow
Colour: Stratus SuperMatte

Style: Shaker Wide Colour: Fossil Grey

Style: Shaker Wide
Colour: Fossil Grey SuperMatte

Style: Shaker Slim Colour: Haze Supermatte

Style: Shaker Slim
Colour: Haze SuperMatte

Style: Aspen Colour: Morning Dew

Style: Aspen
Colour: Morning Dew

Prestige Collection

The Prestige Collection includes five-piece engineered decorative cabinet doors. The door mouldings are wrapped in polyester or thermofoil and cut and assembled in a similar fashion as wood doors, giving them a real wood-grain appearance at a lower price point.

Style: SL00 Colour: Silva

Style: SL00
Colour: Silva

Style: CS00 Colour: Gibraltar

Style: CS00
Colour: Gibraltar

Style: SK00 Colour: Kodiak

Style: SK00
Colour: Kodiak

Style: TR00 Colour: White Lacquer

Style: TR00
Colour: White Lacquer

Urban Collection

Featuring a modern slab look, our Urban Collection cabinets feature flat laminated materials in a variety of finishes, all edge-banded with matching colours and accented with square corners.

Wired Bronze

Wired Bronze

Smoke Acrylic

Smoke Acrylic

Number of Door Styles 15
Number of Colours 50
Price Point $-$$$
Material Details One-piece construction. Material is membrane pressed over the face and edges of a profile leaving a seamless front that’s free of edge-banding. Slab, Shaker, and Raised panel profile options in a wide range of colours and finishes.
Number of Door Styles 4
Number of Colours 5-20 (depending on style chosen)
Price Point $$-$$$
Material Details 5-piece construction provides true grain orientation to replicate the look of a 5-piece wood door. Engineered materials for superior consistency in the latest colours and finishes.
Number of Door Styles 2
Number of Colours 5
Price Point $$$
Material Details Flat laminated materials in a variety of finishes, edge-banded with matching colour. Modern slab look with square corners.
Collection 3D Laminate Prestige 5-Piece Urban
Number of Door Styles 14 5 2
Number of Colours 50 2-20 (depending on style chosen) 5
Price Point $57-$60 $65 $75
Material Details One-piece construction. Non-porous laminate material is membrane pressed over the face and edges of a profile leaving a seamless front that’s free of edge-banding. Slab, Shaker, and Raised panel profile options in a wide range of colours and finishes. 5-piece construction provides true grain orientation to replicate the look of a 5-piece wood door. Engineered materials for superior consistency in the latest colours and finishes. Flat laminated materials in a variety of finishes, edge-banded with matching colour. Modern slab look with square corners.

Factors That Affect Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Cost

Number of Cabinets

Kitchen cabinet refacing cost will largely depend on the number of cabinets involved, since any large project requires more parts and labour.

Size of Cabinets

Larger cabinet doors and/or drawer fronts may cost more than smaller ones and will be factored into your kitchen cabinet refacing cost estimate.

Cabinet Design

A full range of cabinet door designs is available to you for your kitchen cabinet refacing project, and each collection comes at a different price point.

Cabinet Door Material

Whether laminate, solid wood, or otherwise, the material options you choose will affect your overall kitchen cabinet refacing cost.

Add-ons

Cabinet refacing includes a range of options, such as the ability to swap cabinets for drawers, replacing drawer boxes or adding glass cabinet doors, will carry a higher cost.

Other Kitchen Upgrades

Home Depot Installers can arrange for additional kitchen upgrades such as new countertops, backsplash or built-in appliances, all of which will be added to your kitchen cabinet refacing cost.

Hardware

Upgrades to new cabinet hardware such as hinges, knobs and handles, will be factored into your overall kitchen cabinet refacing cost estimate.

Labour

Kitchen cabinet refacing requires the labour of a skilled Home Depot Installer. Larger or more complicated cabinet refacing projects may take longer to complete and carry a higher labour cost.

Your Location

Supply costs, as well as access to materials and labour, may vary from one location to the next and will be factored into your kitchen cabinet refacing cost estimate.

Warranty

All kitchen cabinet refacing projects from The Home Depot Home Services come with a one-year parts and labour warranty. Ask your Installer for additional extended warranty options.

Cabinet Refacing Before & After

The cabinet refacing process can produce striking results. Here are some before and after comparisons.

Additional Cabinet Renovating Options

A kitchen cabinet refacing project can be combined with a number of other kitchen updates for a fully customizable look. These updates might include:

Glass Doors

Glass Doors

Glass doors are available as frame-only or with mullions (a grid-like pattern) in the 3D Laminate Collection. Prestige Collection glass doors are available in frame-only.

Countertops, Sinks, Faucets and Kitchen Islands

Countertops, Sinks, Faucets and Kitchen Islands

New laminate countertops, sinks, faucets and kitchen islands can be installed to complement your new cabinet faces.

Drawer Boxes

Drawer Boxes

New drawer boxes can be added to fix the problem of sticky drawers.

Pot and Pan Conversions

Pot and Pan Drawer Conversions

A standard door base cabinet can be retrofitted with new drawer boxes and fronts to become a set of pot and pan drawers — an excellent storage option.

Crown Moulding and Light Valances

Crown Moulding and Light Valances

Crown moulding and light valances can be installed along the edges of the cabinetry and are available to match all door styles and finishes.

Cabinets

Additional Cabinets

Additional cabinets can be installed to increase the amount of kitchen storage. Handles and hinges can also be updated.

Refrigerator and Range Hood Panels

Refrigerator and Range Hood Panels

Customize the look of your kitchen with panels for your refrigerator and range hood.

Pull-out Garbage Containers

Pull-out Garbage Containers

Keep your trash out of sight by adding a pull-out garbage container.

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