Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Replacing your kitchen cabinet doors can breathe new life into an outdated kitchen. See our tips below on how to give your kitchen a facelift without spending a fortune.

White Kitchen Cabinets

China Cabinet and White Kitchen Cabinets

New cabinetry allows for china plates, crystal and silver to be stored in a way that's both beautiful and functional.

Photo by: Kacey Gilpin Photography

Kacey Gilpin Photography

By: Melissa Webster and Addie Morton

Whether it's because your cabinets have deteriorated or you've simply outgrown them and want a fresh new style, replacing kitchen cabinet doors can make a dramatic difference in your space, giving it a lift and making everything seem new.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Get all the info you'll need on kitchen cabinet refacing, and ensure your kitchen cabinet makeover will be a stylish success.

Consider Cost

There are two main costs when it comes to replacing kitchen cabinets: the materials and the installation. The average cost of stock or semi-custom kitchen cabinets and installation will normally run you between $3,200 to $8,500. If you opt for fully custom cabinets, you jump up to $12,500 to $18,100 for materials and installation.

You can save a considerable amount of money by installing cabinets yourself. Stock or semi-custom cabinets run between $160 to $380 per linear foot, and fully custom options average $700 to $1,000 per linear foot. However, keep in mind, you're still looking at a significant shipping expense for the cabinets due to their size and weight.

Bottom line: Replacing only cabinet doors can save you a ton of money and a large headache. Total cost for installation and materials of kitchen cabinet doors typically runs between $4,000 to $5,000, depending on personal taste.

Reasons to Only Replace the Doors

Replacing only the cabinet doors can achieve a similar look to replacing all the cabinets, but at a fraction of the price. Not to mention this is a much less strenuous renovation, if you're looking to do it yourself. Tearing old cabinets out of your kitchen can cause damage to your countertops and flooring. For those who are budget conscious, cabinets often cost up to a half of a total renovation budget.

Select a Material

Once you've made the decision to replace your kitchen cabinet doors, you'll need to decide on what kind of doors you want in your space. Your options include custom doors, semi-custom, stock or ready-to-assemble (RTA), and whether or not you want wood, veneer or laminate. Custom doors are designed by you and built to your specifications. Semi-custom are exactly what they imply; they have some prefab elements and some custom elements. Stock are established designs you buy and install, and ready-to-assemble doors require some DIY skills.

Decide on a Style

Once you've decided on a material, you will need to decide on the style to ensure the doors match the style of your existing cabinet boxes. This can be accomplished with paint, staining or refacing the boxes for a more streamlined, consistent look. Some options for the style can be flat panel, which are doors with a flat center panel and a raised frame. Another style that's popular is raised panel cabinet doors, which have a raised center panel surrounded by a contour. A slab cabinet door is usually preferred in contemporary designs and is a smooth, flat slab with no contours, panels or accents.

Plan for Any Accent Doors

Accent doors are used to bring added style into the kitchen. These can be louvered, glass, mullion, chalkboard and sheet metal. They serve well for reinforcing an existing design style and adding a little flair to your kitchen.

Kitchen Cabinet Options for Storage and Display

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Pick New Hardware

Replacing the doors involves taking off the existing doors, face frames and hardware while keeping the cabinet boxes where they are, and putting on new doors and face frames with the same hardware or new hardware. New drawer and cabinet pulls will make a dramatic difference in the overall design when complete. Also, consider updating the interior cabinet hardware and drawer sliders to soft close, which will make your kitchen feel extra luxurious.

Kitchen Hardware Styles and Trends

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Next Up

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Get all the info you'll need on kitchen cabinet refacing, and ensure your kitchen cabinet makeover will be a stylish success.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Get all the details on how to paint kitchen cabinets in this step-by-step guide.

New Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Get all the info you need on new kitchen cabinet doors, a great way to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

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

Custom Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Custom kitchen cabinet doors show off your unique personality and style.

Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Glass kitchen cabinet doors will turn boring, plain wood into something spectacular.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

The design style you choose for your kitchen cabinets determines the tone and style for your entire kitchen.

Updating Kitchen Cabinets

Updating kitchen cabinets transforms your kitchen into a gathering place for the whole family.

Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets

Browse your options for two-toned kitchen cabinets, and prepare to add an eye-catching design that can make your kitchen feel larger and increase your home's resale value.

Kitchen Cabinet Material

Explore These Beautiful Kitchen Cabinet Options for Ideas

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.