We know remodeling your kitchen is a big investment and often times a once in a lifetime undertaking, so how do you know what it’s supposed to cost? How do you know if a price you hear is too high or low? There’s no set number on how much you should spend; it all comes down to how drastic of a change you are looking for. The good news is that there are many ways to update your kitchen at a variety of price points and no matter what your budget is, in the end you can have a beautiful new space that is your favorite room in your home.
For a lot of people, the idea of a “new” kitchen conjures up images of messy demo, easting out for weeks or doing dishes in a bathroom sink. The truth is that you already have half of your new kitchen: the cabinets. There are several ways to upcycle your current cabinets and update your kitchen at a much lower price point than you may be imagining. Below are 5 different price points and the type of service you can have as well as a realistic price range to expect, depending on the size of your kitchen.
If you have a small budget but are looking to make a big impact on your space, there are ways to restore your wood cabinets to 80-90% like new with a one-day wood restoration process. Complete that process with new hardware, new drawer slide and an organizer or two, and you can have a like-new space for anywhere from $900-$1,400.
Painted cabinets are a great option for price conscious homeowners or someone who will be putting their house on the market. Despite what online bloggers and HGTV tell you, getting those cabinets to be a trendy white or gray color will cost closer to $2,500 - $4,000 for a quality paint job. Beware of low-priced options as they will be cutting corners and sacrifice the overall quality and durability. Make sure the doors will be prepped to hold the paint and that the doors are removed from the cabinet before painting. If doors remain on the cabinet, the paint will chip as soon as the hinge moves. Painting is not a long-term solution because the finish can be prone to chips and scratches, so if you are looking to change the color, you may want to investigate other solutions like redooring or refacing that can give you the color you want and remove the wood grain you are looking to hide!
Redooring may be a term you’ve never heard before, but it is an option if you are looking to update your cabinet doors to a modern door style, like a shaker, but like the current color and your cabinets are still in great shape. Cabinet redooring will cost anywhere from $4,000 - $7,000 depending on the size of your kitchen and door you choose. Redooring will also allow you to switch your exposed hinges to hidden hinges and add soft-close doors.
A dramatic transformation can still be achieved without the dreaded demolition and mess of all new cabinets. You can reface your current cabinets and achieve the look of a custom kitchen without the custom price tag. Cabinet refacing can range anywhere from $7,000 to $15,000 depending on the size of your kitchen, door style and finish you choose, and scope of the project.
Are you bringing in a new refrigerator and need to increase the height of your cabinets? Not a problem! Refacing projects can often include a cabinet modification or the addition of a new cabinet or two. Redooring and refacing are both options that keep your good-condition cabinet boxes from being tossed in a landfill.
If you are looking to move appliances, tear down walls, and bring in all new cabinets, the sky is the limit as far as price goes. There are so many moving pieces to a brand-new custom kitchen, and no matter who you work with, there are bound to be things that come up and wish list items that continue to increase the budget.
The important thing to remember is that not all kitchen updates have to jump straight to this price tag. There are options for every customer, and each will make a dramatic improvement to your space.