Thinking about refacing your cabinets yourself?
Unless you have experience refacing cabinets, we wouldn’t recommend doing the job yourself for 5 reasons:
- You’ll spend more time and money
- Cabinets could have underlying damage
- You likely won’t get professional-quality work
- DIY work isn’t backed by warranties
- You don’t get as many finish options
Reason #1: You’ll spend more time and money
The biggest reason Phoenix homeowners consider DIY cabinet refacing is to save money.
We know the cost of a cabinet refacing and completely understand the need for a budget, but the problem with a DIY refacing is that it can quickly exceed your set budget—especially if the cabinets have underlying damage. Going with a professional helps keep your budget in check, since they can give you a complete and accurate estimate before any work begins.
Another reason to go with a professional is to save you time. The average cabinet refacing takes a professional less than a week.
A DIY refacing, on the other hand, could easily take you multiple weeks or even months since you likely can’t commit to working on the cabinets 6–8 hours a day like a professional can.
Learn more about how long a cabinet refacing takes in our blog.
Reason #2: Cabinets could have underlying damage
Imagine going through the work to buy all of the supplies to reface your cabinets, remove everything from your kitchen or bathroom, and strip the existing finish from your cabinets—only to discover your cabinets are in too bad of shape to be refaced and need to be replaced.
A professional can tell you whether your cabinets can handle a refacing from the initial inspection. If your cabinets aren’t in good enough shape to support a refacing, you’ll need to replace them completely.
Find out whether it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets in our blog “When Should You Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets?”
Reason #3: You likely won’t get professional-quality work
With a DIY cabinet refacing, the quality of work depends on:
- Your knowledge of how to reface cabinets
- The quality of materials at your local hardware or home improvement store
Cabinet refacing professionals are trained in how to properly reface cabinets so they last years. Most professionals have many years of experience refacing cabinets, which means they understand everything that needs to happen to ensure the highest quality refacing.
Reason #4: DIY work isn’t backed by warranties
If you DIY reface your cabinets, you’ll have to foot the bill for any damage to the finish after the job is done.
Going with a professional usually ensures that the finish is covered for a certain amount of time after the refacing, since most reliable companies will back their work with some kind of warranty.
At Cabinet Coatings, we guarantee that our water-borne coating won’t chip, crack or fade for 5 years after we reface your cabinets. If they do, we’ll come back to fix them.
Reason #5: You don’t get as many finish options
With a DIY refacing, you’re limited to finish options that your local hardware or home improvement stores offer. You’ll likely see a lot of veneer options, which we’d never recommend for cabinets.
A professional can offer you many more finish options—not to mention finishes that are higher quality and longer-lasting than what you’d find locally.
Need a free professional cabinet refacing quote?
Schedule an appointment online or call us at 480-641-9611 for a free, no-obligation quote. One of our Phoenix cabinet experts will give you a free in-home or virtual consultation to reface your kitchen or bathroom 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.”