Refinishing your old cabinets tends to be one of the most affordable methods for home improvement projects. However, refinishing cabinets involves a lot of hard work to be done properly. The old finish would have to be removed and sanded down to the bear wood, then you have to apply the stain, wipe, apply a sealer, re-stain and finally apply a clear coat, not to mention all the hardware would have to be removed too. This process is less expensive than replacing or refacing the cabinets. However, you'll still have an old looking Kitchen with old looking doors, but with a new color stain or finish. Also, the doors and frames will eventually accumulate grease that will stick to the refinished cabinets causing the dust to stick to it. The cost for refinishing your kitchen cabinets can range from $100 to $300 if done by the homeowner and $3,000 to $8,000 if a contractor is hired.
Kitchen Cabinet Refacing is the more affordable way as compared to expensive new cabinets, usually 50% less. Cabinet refacing will replace the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones and the rest will be refaced to match your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Choose cathedral, arch, shaker, and many other colors and styles in wood or thermo-foil laminate. By replacing the doors, drawer fronts, hardware, new moldings, additional space, knick-knock shelves and other accessories available, you can design your dream kitchen.