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Old 01-13-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Buy new cabinets or re-do the old??

We have OLD HUGE (tall & many)kitchen cabinets that were built in. The bones are still good, but I do not which would be more cost effective..Buying all new cabinets, having the doors re-surfaced or just painting. I keep going around in circles and cannot make a decision.

Any thoughts would be helpful
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:10 AM   #2
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You get estimates on both, then you decide.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:31 AM   #3
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You can also take the rough openings to a cabinet shop and they can make new doors for your.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:41 AM   #4
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If the question is about what's most "cost effective," simply sanding and painting will probably be the least expensive.

If your definition of "cost effective" also includes a certain look you're trying to achieve, that's personal preference. If you want a stained finished, refinishing or refacing old cabinets in good condition will save you money vs. tearing out old, built-in cabinets and installing new.

Also, are you planning on doing work yourself or paying a contractor, regardless of the route you decide to take?
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:58 AM   #5
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To me if would depend upon functionality of the existing cabinets
If the layout works then new faces would work
Everyone has a different opinion, usually based on what is there
My last house I was changing the layout - so new cabinets
This house the cabinets are from 1950. The layout is changing & the old cabinets do not work
I have seen cabinets repainted & they turned out very nice

Determine the costs/benefits of each
Pulling built-in cabinets out usually means patching walls
That's a good time to tear it all out, redo/update the electric, add insulation if an older house, install under cabinet lighting

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