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Home Design FAQ: Cabinet Refinishing or Replacement?

Updating your house can be necessary for a number of reasons. Perhaps you’re moving and want to add some value to your home. Maybe you finally got that big raise and want to invest in that gorgeous kitchen you’ve always wanted. Or, maybe you’re just tired of the same-old, same-old hardware you’ve had to stare at for the past fifteen years. 

Whatever the reason, home renovation can seem like a massive undertaking – but it doesn’t have to be! Kitchen and bathroom renovations are certainly the updates most likely to add value to your home (not to mention your quality of life), but something as simple as updating your cabinetry can add new interest to these spaces without messy, time-consuming demolition. 

So, should you refinish your cabinets or replace them? Here’s what you need to know. 


There are a number of things to keep in mind when deciding whether to refinish or completely replace your cabinetry. One of the first should be your cabinet’s current condition.

If your cabinets are in perfect condition and you just want to switch up color to add interest, refinishing is certainly a viable option. This way you can keep the style of cabinets you know and love, but refresh them with new color. 

If your cabinets just have a few scratches and chips, this might also be a sign that refinishing is the better option. Refinishing cabinets will take care of any minor wear and tear and make them look as good as new without forsaking the interior design you’ve carefully curated. 

On the other hand, if your cabinets have suffered years of abuse from messy dinners and rambunctious kids, this is probably a sign that refinishing won’t quite do the trick. In this case, consider completely replacing your cabinets. 

While replacing cabinets is a bit more involved than just refinishing them, it is still a low-maintenance way to ensure that your kitchen gets a new look without messy demolition. 

Price Point

Price is always something to consider when taking on a new design project. Whether you decide to refinish or replace your cabinets, you can still rest assured that this is a low-cost way to give your home a facelift. 

If your cabinets are already in decent shape and you’re wanting to cut costs, refinishing is probably the best decision. 

However, if you’re willing to spend a bit more for a more dramatic change in your cabinet design, consider replacing them. Replacing your cabinets might put a bit more of a dent in your budget, but the dedicated professionals at ELCO Painting can work with you to ensure that your next design project won’t break the bank. 

Design Dreams

When you hire a painter or contractor, ultimately their purpose is to help your design dreams come to life. 

When making final decisions about whether to refinish or replace your cabinets, always keep in mind what your ultimate design goal is. 

If you’ve loved the look and feel of your kitchen over the years, there is no use in reinventing the wheel. Giving your cabinets a quick refinishing is just enough to ensure that they look fresh and new without disturbing the aesthetic you’ve worked hard to create. 

If you want to wow your guests with a “new” kitchen but spare yourself the sledgehammers, getting your cabinets replaced is an excellent way to make a dramatic impression with little to no maintenance. 

If you’re still struggling to decide what would be the best move for your cabinetry project, talk with the experts at ELCO Painting. Whether your next home renovation project is cabinet refinishing or a home painting services cost estimate, ELCO Painting is the perfect choice for painting companies in RI and Southeastern Massachusetts. 

Let our experienced carpentry professionals meet your home’s unique needs and help bring your design dreams to life. 

Give us a call (401-295-2201) or contact us online today to see how the ELCO Painting difference can work for you.