Bang for Your Buck: Giving Cabinets a Facelift by Jennifer Prestwich your North Suburban Denver REALTOR®


Before: not bad, but could use a lift!


Kitchens and Baths Sell Homes


These days, more and more people are opting to stay in their homes longer.  Many who purchased homes in the past 10 years are still in their homes.  While home buyers once counted on staying in a home between 2-5 years, now people are choosing to update their home and stay longer instead.


You may have heard the adage that “kitchens and bathrooms sell homes.”  What does this mean?  Well, when my buyers are looking at homes, the rooms that show their age first are kitchens and bathrooms.  Not only do new model appliances get updated looks and features every year, but cabinet styles, countertops and paint that seemed so beautiful can look dated and out of style.



Giving Cabinets a Face Lift

Outfitting your entire kitchen or bathroom with brand new cabinets can be costly and time consuming.  It can also be messy.  And if you choose to do it yourself, you may run the risk of damaging your countertops when removing old cabinets if you are inexperienced.


While brand new cabinets can be a significant investment, there are other alternatives.  Resurfacing your cabinets is one option.  A professional cabinet re-surfacing company can do it for anywhere from $1,000 to around $9,000, depending on whether you use plastic laminate or real wood veneer, and the size of the project. (Source:


New hardware, including drawer pulls, knobs and hinges, can range from $2 each to $50 each – for designer hardware – and can make a dramatic difference.  Plus, this is a project that a homeowner could fairly easily accomplish by themselves in a weekend.

After: great update!

Another fairly inexpensive option is to re-paint your cabinets.  Not all surfaces can be repainted, but a professional painter will be able to tell you if your cabinets can.  If you opt to do it yourself, you can remove a cabinet door and bring it to the store with you to ask about your best paint option.  This might be the least expensive avenue of all and can really liven up a space.  The best part about it?  It’s only paint.  When you get tired of it you can repaint it!



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