Replacing cabinet doors is a cost-effective way to freshen up a kitchen. It requires less work, time, and money to do, yet when done right, it brings a similar effect to completely rehauling your cabinetry. Plus, you can get a little creative with it; you can choose different colors, styles, or finishes, whether you want to keep it simple with modern slabs or upgrade to European kitchen cabinet doors. For extra savings, you can even install replacement cabinet doors on your own!
Cabinet Refacing Versus Cabinet Replacement
If your kitchen cabinets need a refresh, you typically have two choices to go about it: cabinet refacing or cabinet replacement.
Cabinet refacing involves changing your cabinet doors, drawer fronts, drawer ends, and some hardware (i.e. hinges) to give your kitchen an updated look without demoing your entire cabinetry. Cabinet replacement, on the other hand, involves ripping out all of your cabinets and replacing them with a new set.
Pros of Replacing Cabinet Doors
Replacing cabinet doors is cheaper and more efficient than overhauling all of your cabinets; it takes less time and you can even do it on your own with basic measuring and simple tools. You also don’t have to stop using your kitchen during the process–you don’t have to pack up anything.
Plus, cabinet refacing still offers a lot of choices. You can choose from stock or custom options in different styles, colors, and finishes from 27estore to revitalize your kitchen cabinetry. It’s also the more eco-friendly option as your cabinets aren’t just going to end up in a landfill.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace Cabinet Doors?
The average cost of stock or semi-custom kitchen cabinets is around $150 to $400 per linear foot. You can also have custom cabinet doors made at $700 to $1,000 per linear foot–these prices are more than half of what you’d spend for entirely new cabinets if you decide to DIY your replacements.
When Should I Replace My Cabinet Doors?
If your cabinet doors are a bit beat up with some scruffs, scratches, and dents, it may be time to replace them. But how do you know if a simple refacing is enough? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I unhappy with how my cabinet doors look?
- Are my cabinet boxes still sturdy?
- Am I happy with my kitchen’s current layout?
- Can I easily replace my cabinet doors?
If your answer to all of the above is “yes,” then replacing your cabinet doors should work to satisfy your need for prettier and better-functioning kitchen storage.
How to Replace Cabinet Doors
To replace your cabinet doors, you’ll need a pencil, measuring tape, screwdriver, a battery drill, as well as your new cabinets and their screws, hinges, and fittings. Once you have all that, you’re ready to change up your cabinetry. Here’s how to do it:
Remove Your Old Cabinet Doors
Open up your cabinet doors and detach the hinges from the mounting plate attached to the inside of the cabinet. Then, unscrew the hardware from the door and the cabinet itself to completely remove them.
Measure Your Cabinet Doors
Measure your old doors so that you can choose new ones that fit your current layout. If you’re reusing the same hinges, you’ll want your new cabinets to be exactly the same in size as your old ones.
Select New Cabinet Doors
Once you have your measurements ready, it’s time to choose your new cabinet doors. It’s like choosing anew—you can play with colors, textures, and finishes to complete your kitchen’s look!
Fit the New Cabinet Doors
When your new cabinet doors are ready, it’s time to prepare the new fittings. You’ll need to measure up and create new holes for your hinges if you don't have pre-drilled holes.
Install the New Cabinet Doors
Mount your cabinet doors by holding them in place with clamps so that the mounting plates are against the face frame of the cabinet. Make marks through the screw slots so you know where to drill, then remove the mounting plates, screw them into the cabinets, then reattach the hinges.
Check the Cabinet’s Alignment
After installing your new cabinet doors, check the cabinet’s alignment—be sure that everything is symmetrical, nothing is lost, and the doors close properly. Additionally, you should know the steps to adjust the hinges on cabinet doors just in case you need to do some realignment.
Get New Cabinet Doors From 27estore
If you’re looking to replace your cabinet doors, get your new hardware from 27estore! You’re spoiled with choices—from colors to builds to fittings. You can even choose from in-stock doors or have some custom-built for you. Get new cabinet doors from 27estore today!