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What Is Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets And Is It Worth It?

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, one of the biggest changes you’ll make (and most likely the most expensive one) will be your kitchen cabinets.

And because they take a lot of space in your new kitchen, it’s impossible to overlook them or skip them entirely. Outdated cabinets will break the mood of your kitchen and it simply won’t match with every other upgrade you’re getting.

Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a great option if you’re planning to save up some money, keep your remodel within budget, or if the cabinets were fairly new and you simply don’t want to change them just yet.

Learn more about how to refinish kitchen cabinets below!

Refinishing kitchen cabinets with spray-painting

What Is Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

The refinishing process usually starts with taking the cabinet doors and drawer fronts off of the cabinet boxes. This will give you a good surface to work on and make it easier to apply the new finish.

After that, all of the old finish and paint needs to be removed. This can be done using a number of methods like sanding, scraping, or chemical stripping.

Once all of the old finish is gone, you’ll need to clean the surface thoroughly. Then, you’re ready to start applying the new finish.

According to KCMA, refinishing kitchen cabinets brings higher ROI than refacing or replacing cabinets.

Types Of Finishes

There are many different types of finishes that you can use, but you’ll need to choose one that is compatible with the type of wood you’re using. There are also many different colors and sheens to choose from, so you can create a look that’s perfect for your kitchen.

Decorative wood sealed
spraying paint on a dark cabinet shelf

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets vs Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

There are a few reasons why refinishing kitchen cabinets is a better option than replacing them.

Refinishing kitchen cabinets with gray paint on MDF cabinets

Refinishing vs Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

Refinishing and refacing kitchen cabinets are two different ways of updating your cabinets. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll need to decide which one is right for you.

Kitchen cabinet refinishing is the process of removing the old finish and paint from your cabinets and then applying a new finish. This is a great option if you want to change the color or sheen of your cabinets, or if they’re in good condition but you just want a new look.

Refacing is the process of replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. This is a great option if your cabinet boxes are in good condition but the doors and drawer fronts are outdated or damaged. If you’re going for a new kitchen style, you’ll need a new cabinet door style as well, which is where refacing is the better option.

cabinet door faces in multiple colors and styles

The Cost Of Refinishing Cabinets Vs Refacing

The cost of refinishing kitchen cabinets can vary depending on the type of finish you choose, the total linear footage of cabinets, and the amount of labor required.

On average, you can expect to pay between $200 and $400 for a standard kitchen cabinet refinish. If you have a large kitchen with a lot of cabinets, the cost will be higher. If you choose a more specialized finish like a high-gloss or metallic finish, the cost will be higher as well.

If you hire a professional to do the job, the cost will be even higher. Expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,000 for a professional cabinet refinishing.

On average, the cost of refacing kitchen cabinets can range from $1,000 to $9,000 or more.

Refinishing kitchen cabinets with gray paint on MDF cabinets

is refacing kitchen cabinets worth it

Refacing kitchen cabinets can be a cost-effective and efficient way to give your kitchen a fresh new look without the expense and inconvenience of a full cabinet replacement. However, whether it’s worth it depends on several factors:


Needless to say, but refinishing cabinets is a great upgrade that’ll save you money and help get the kitchen remodel done sooner. It’s especially better if you’re not changing your kitchen design, but for a change of colors, this is by far your best bet.

While refacing and replacing kitchen cabinets are viable options, they’ll cost you more and won’t bring as much of an ROI.

Here at Pellak Construction, we’re kitchen remodeling professionals and offer our service throughout PA. You’ll find us in Springfield, Havertown, Broomall, Newtown Square, Bryn Mawr, and more of PA!

If you’re ready to refinish cabinets, call us today at (610) 543-2479 and let’s discuss your project!