The best time to change the color of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is when:
- You’re ready for a new look
- The cabinets need to be replaced
- You want to increase your home’s value
We’ll cover each reason in more detail.
Reason #1: You want a new look
Changing the cabinet color is a great, cost-effective way to update your kitchen or bathroom without paying for a complete remodel.
If you just want to change the color of your kitchen cabinets, your best options are either a:
- Cabinet refinishing: This includes removing the existing finish from your cabinet boxes, doors and drawer fronts and applying the new finish of your choice. To really give your kitchen or bathroom a new look, our cabinet experts can help you choose new cabinet hardware to match your decor.
- Cabinet refacing: This includes everything in a refacing, except the professional will replace your existing doors and drawer fronts with new ones. At Cabinet Coatings, we use only solid hardwood doors and drawer fronts to make your cabinet refacing last that much longer. If you’re thinking of doing the job yourself, we only recommend that if you’ve refinished or refaced cabinets. Learn why in our blog, “5 Reasons Why You Should NEVER Attempt DIY Refacing.”
Keep in mind that sometimes cabinets aren’t in good enough shape to handle a face lift and need to be replaced completely.
Reason #2: Cabinets need to be replaced
If your cabinets need to be replaced, that’s the perfect time to change their color to one you want.
We recommend replacing your cabinets when they:
- Have damaged boxes. If the boxes show signs of structural damage (they’re warping or soft to the touch) or water damage (peeling finish, stains or mold/mildew), simply changing the color of the cabinets will be a waste. You’ll start seeing the same issues shortly after the job is done.
- Start to smell bad. Over time, kitchen and bathroom odors can seep into the base material of your cabinets (usually porous engineered wood). Putting a new finish over the cabinets won’t get rid of the smell.
- Are more than 15 years old. Quality hardwood cabinets can last upwards of 30–50 years, but most engineered cabinets will only last 15–20 years. As cabinets age, you’ll start seeing signs of structural and water damage, as well as loose hinges and pulls, and doors and drawers not closing properly.
When you go to remodel your cabinets, the cabinet expert will help you design the cabinets to ensure you get the exact layout, look, and finish style and color you want.
Another reason to upgrade your cabinets? It boosts your home’s value.
Reason #3: Increase your home’s value
Refinishing or refacing your cabinets will add value to your home and make it more attractive to prospective buyers.
Cabinets are often the first thing potential buyers see when walking into the kitchen or bathroom—and buyers are much less likely to bid on a house they’re immediately going to have to sink thousands of dollars in cabinet work into.
While upgrading your cabinets can be an expensive investment, the cost recouped is usually worth it.
A cabinet refacing can run between $5,000 and $15,000, but the cost recouped of a minor kitchen remodel—which includes a cabinet refacing—is 72% in Arizona (according to the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report).
That means, if you spend $10,000 refacing your cabinets, you can expect a resale value somewhere around $7,200.
Ready to change your cabinet color?
Schedule an appointment online or call us at 480-641-9611 for an honest, no-obligation quote. One of our Phoenix cabinet experts will give you a free in-home or virtual consultation and help you decide the best way to change the color of your cabinets.
For 20 plus years chuck has been helping homeowners make decisions on how to bring new life into their kitchens. Most homeowners know what they want but don’t know how to communicate it. When chuck does the in-home consultation he draws from the client and uses his expertise to help them bring their imagination to life (achieve the look they imagine.) Chuck dubs himself a “professional mind maker upper.”