Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

When refinishing and refacing don't make sense, consider replacing your kitchen cabinets.


By: Melissa Webster

There comes a time when you stand in your cooking space and think to yourself, "I'm ready to replace these kitchen cabinets." Be warned, though: Replacing kitchen cabinets can be expensive and time-consuming.

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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel


John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen



Debe Robinson

Tuscan Style Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Red Kitchen Cabinets


Kim Alexandriuk

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White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

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Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design

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Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island


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Kitchen with Island Seating

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Brown Contemporary Kitchen



Nomita Joshi Gupta

Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

White transitional kitchen

White Kitchen with Round Island

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

Urban Oasis Kitchen

Kitchen with Ladder

Neutral Kitchen

White Kitchen

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets



Ben Herzog

White Kitchen with Dining Table

White Kitchen with Wood Island

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island



Cheri Wentworth

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

White Cabinets

When you've hit yourself in the face with that off-center cabinet door that refuses to close (for the last time, you swear!), or those metal cabinets that seemed like a good idea twenty years ago are now rusting through, or when the cabinets are simply falling apart because they weren't built well to begin with—replacing the kitchen cabinets is sometimes the best option for radically updating your kitchen to create an exciting new look that's both functional and structurally sound.

As opposed to painting or resurfacing, replacing your kitchen cabinets means a complete renovation that leaves your kitchen out of service for the better part of a week or two. So make sure you are fully committed to the cost and inconvenience. Once you're sure this is the route you want to take, get estimates from many home improvement sources. Independent contractors you know you can trust or who were referred to you by friends or family are a good resource. Big box home improvement centers are good too (assuming you consult with their full-time experts), and they can oftentimes be less expensive.

Personally, though, I prefer to work with a local small business, mainly because they're small enough to negotiate with you on the price while developing a plan that reflects your personal needs, but they're large enough to still be liable for anything that might go wrong. Unless you know without doubt you can trust your independent contractor completely, going that route is a risk I personally don't like to take. And the big box home improvement retailer lacks the personal touch I want from the people I hire to help make my house a home. These are just my own preferences though. You can get good, valuable service and results from all three of these options. It's really about knowing who you are and how you like to approach things.

Once you've consulted with and gotten estimates from many sources and have done your research with a solid idea about how you want your kitchen to look, the fun begins. When I say fun, I mean picking out the layout, design, color scheme, hardware and accessories. It's exciting and fun, but the choices can get overwhelming. Your home improvement experts will be an invaluable source in guiding you through this process. Whatever you do, though, don't let them talk you into something that doesn't feel right or that you don't like. Follow their advice, but absolutely trust your instincts. They'll lead you to a brand new kitchen that is a source of pride and joy in your home for many years.

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