Repainting Your Kitchen Cabinets Vs Replacing the Doors: Which is Best?


August 25, 2021
repainting or refacing kitchen cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets are looking a little worn, tired, and downright out-of-date, and you want to make some changes. But how should you go about it?

Should you completely rip out your cabinets in favour of new ones, or should you just do a skim job and simply replace the doors or even just do a paint job? After all, it’s the outer cabinet doors that you see that make the difference in the look of your kitchen cabinets.

So, which route should you take? Here are a few things to consider about each of your options.

Repainting Your Kitchen Cabinets

How easy and quick would it be to simply lather a new coat of paint on your existing kitchen cabinet doors? It would be super cheap and involve very little time and elbow grease. And in many cases, taking this route would be appropriate and result in a stunning transformation.

A fresh coat of paint can easily freshen up the look of your overall kitchen and can help you avoid the much more involved and expensive job of completely replacing your cabinetry. But if you do decide to repaint, will you use spray paint or a traditional rolling brush?

Using a paint sprayer might sound like a faster way to apply the paint, but it’s more difficult than you may think. It’s easy to experience tons of drips and uneven coverage. Plus, it’s really easy to make a huge mess and allow the paint to spray all over the place.

Rolling on the paint can actually be just as quick as spraying, and you can still get a pretty even application using this method. But your best bet is to hire the experts to paint your kitchen cabinets to get the best results.

That said, repainting may not always be an option. If your current cabinet doors are currently in rough shape, they may not be salvageable, even if you tried sanding them down first. Examine the current condition of your cabinet doors. If they’re in need of major TLC, repainting might not be enough to cover their flaws.

Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing your cabinets involves replacing the cabinet doors and drawers, along with all the hardware that comes with them. Everything else is left in place, including the actual shelving units. The framework remains, so refacing your cabinets is not nearly as involved of a job as completely replacing the cabinetry. And refacing can still provide your kitchen with a dramatic change in looks and style.

Like repainting, refacing your cabinets is a rather quick and easy process that you can do in just a few days. Since just the front-facing hardware is being replaced, there’s no risk of interfering with any wiring or plumbing behind the walls and cabinets.

Having said that, this option is only available if the existing framework is still in good condition. Otherwise, you’ll likely have to consider a complete replacement.

Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets have seen plenty of wear and tear over time, then they need to be replaced. Many kitchen cabinets are made out of wood, so it’s easy to see how all that moisture and water that prevalent in this space can have a detrimental effect on the cabinetry. In this case, replacing may be your best, and only, option.

No matter which route you choose, you might be better off getting professionals to redo your kitchen for you. And if you need any help coming up with ways to transform your kitchen or any other space in your home, Hope Designs is always available to help. Call and book your design consultation today!