DIY Kitchen cabinet project

Buy New or Reface? Part of redesigning your kitchen is to revamp your kitchen cabinets. You have two options - buy a new set or have your current ones refaced or repainted. Either choice would be a great do-it-yoursel kitchen project.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of the two to help in making a wise decision.

New Kitchen Cabinets - will definitely add a new look to your kitchen. For your diy kitchen remodeling project, you can either buy ready-made ones or have them constructed.

New ready-made kitchen cabinets can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands depending on the size, material and style. You can also have them custom-built which sometimes can even cost more because of the labor cost.

You will also need to consider the size of your kitchen and make sure the cabinets you are going to buy or make will fit in.

- keeping your old cabinets and refacing them as a do it yourself project may be an option if you are working on a limited budget. Refacing would require total clean up, refinishing and changing the doors if necessary.

As a do it yourself project, repainting or refinishing a cabinet is not really difficult. You just need to have the surfaces to be painted thoroughly cleaned first with soap and water. Then select a paint that will match your desired motif or color of your kitchen. Ask your paint store sales person to recommend a type of paint that will hold up well in your kitchen environment.

If your cabinet doors are worn out, warped, or out of style, you can solve that problem by purchasing just new doors and handles. Measure carefully before visiting your Home Depot, or simlar do-it-yourself store.

If you opt to just reface your existing cabinet, you need not worry about the dimensions or size of the cabinets.

Refacing your cabinets will also give you the same feeling as having a new kitchen since the doors will look different and will change the appearance of your whole kitchen.


Kitchen remodeling can be really tedious and time-consuming. Plan ahead and decide on your options to better facilitate the actual diy kitchen remodeling project and the results will be more than worth the effort.