Estimating how much money it will cost to reface kitchen cabinets involves calculating the number of doors and panels to be worked on and measuring the sizes of the cabinets. The cost of replacing drawers, molding and veneers also must be factored in.
Calculating an estimate for kitchen cabinet refacing begins with the type of wood. Examples of common cabinet woods are alder, beech, birch, cherry, hickory, maple, pine and red or white oak. All of these woods have different quality grades, which can influence the base cost.
The cabinets and pantry are measured to find out the linear footage length. Each section of countertop should be measured individually along the backsides of the cabinets and rounded up to determine the total length to the nearest foot. If new crown moulding and light rail are needed, include these as well.
The next step is to count the number of cabinet drawers, if these are being replaced. While calculating, remember to include any extra work needed, such as adjusting the height or placement of the cabinets. A typical refacing project includes replacing the fronts of drawers and doors, skinning frames, installing new knobs, handles and hinges, and adding on special touches like glass and crown molding. In general, refacing kitchen cabinets costs about 40 to 50 percent less than installing new cabinetry.