Does anyone have experience with comparing the cost (and aggravation) of refacing kitchen cabinets versus just buying new? I honestly just install new cabinets and have no experience with
on Dec 10, 2012
Sooooo, we had our cabinets refaced...twice...and it has to be done again. Mary, I agree,
$11,000 was way too much for the headache it has caused. The first crew that came in did about as good of a job as I'm sure a 5 year old could have done (and the time estimate of getting started on the project was 4-6 weeks and it was over 8 weeks later before the first crew came out). So, the first crew had to be fired, new thermofoil was ordered and another week later, the project started again. All of the work the first crew did had to be removed and the second crew had to start from scratch. I was without a kitchen for several weeks. The second crew did the very best they could but the problem is the product. It is TERRIBLE. The thermofoil scratches if you run your nail over it, when applied, it looks like you can see the glue behind it, the doors, which came direct from the factory, had scratches on them, and when routing the edges, the thermofoil scratched horribly. The manufacturer also sent the wrong drawer fronts (they sent flat--should have been 5 piece). Long story short, I emailed corporate and they are redoing the kitchen again at their cost (to include repairing the counters that were scratched during the refacing and if they can't be repaired, they will replace). They've also pulled the line at least in this area until they can figure out why the product is so completely inferior (at a SUPERIOR price). Unfortunately, I'm not going to end up with the kitchen I have wanted for the last year because the other lines of refacing they carry are very limited in their color choices (I mean, do people still do hunter green cabinets?!). So, I had a white kitchen to start, paid $11,000 to have a gray/green cabinet refacing project done and in the end, I'm going to end up back with a white kitchen. Sigh. Here is a picture of the kitchen. It looks beautiful until you get up close and you can see scratches everywhere. I'll let you know how round 3 goes. Honestly, I would NEVER do refacing again. I think it is cheaper and less time consuming to just replace. First is a before (as the kitchen was when we moved in) and then after.