About 20 years ago my parents had this done but what I think may be the 1st
company to do this sort of thing, "Cabinetpak". Even then I thought it was
way too much money for what they did, simply putting new doors & veneers on
your existing casework. You could pretty much get new cabinets for the same
price or slightly more, especially if you have run of the mill, "so-so"
cabinets & drawers. I advised them against it, but the salesman's practiced
schpeal carried more weight than me. If you're considering it, I'd
definitely get quotes on all-new cabinets 1st.
As for Sears, or anyone else, the answer is the same: what you end up with is
old, tired cabinets that look OK until you open them up. Ours were 21 years
old. We figured if we refaced them we'd have the same problems after refacing.
So we nuked 'em. Now we have what we want.
being a cabinet installer and trim carpenter i get to hear from customers what
kind of coin Sears wants for "refacing"...it is typically in my area the same
or cheaper to get decent "middle of the road" cabinets installed(complete
turnkey, removal, install, etc) than it is to get them refaced...
*All opinions are those of the author of this post*
"Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug"
to reply take your PANTS off
The consensus being what it is, the consideration I would take into mind are
What shape are the rest of the cabinets in, ie. drawers, frames. Which goes
to age and quality of the original cabinets.
And the second ties in with the first. If your original cabinets are of a
top quality, again frames and drawers, I would reface. Replacing top level
dated looking cabinets with mid-level sparkling appearing cabinets is not
the way I would go.
If your cabinets are marginal in looks and structure, as well as original
quality then replace them.
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