Save Time and Trees: Reface vs. Replace

Save Time and Trees: Reface vs. Replace

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 16, 2010

Replacing your kitchen cabinets during a remodel can be a large step. First you have to unload all your pantry items and dishware and then you have to uninstall them, hopefully donating them to your local ReStore. The only problem is, this idea isn't exactly green or easy on the pocketbook. That's why we suggest refacing instead!

Tackling a kitchen remodel always feels like this weird balance of executing your dreams and your pocketbook at the same time. To help out both, try refacing instead of replacing to save some cash and give you the ultimate kitchen, even if it takes you a little more time.

By simply refacing your cabinets instead of replacing them all together you not only save time, money and supplies, but you're also doing your part to not bring extra materials into your home when what you had wasn't half bad.

If you have structural issues that need to be addressed, then a full remodel might be the way to go, but if you just need a facelift or a freshening, try changing out the doors and hardware for a clean, crisp appearance. You don't have to take anything out of your cabinets and the entire job can be accomplished in less than a day.

If you want to get extra eco-chic, try busting out the old router and simplifying a fluted edge on your old doors or route out a new beveled edge to give your existing doors a little polish. No new doors needed at all!

Have you done something like this in your own home? Share your story in the comments below!

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