We had a big box store consultant come over the other night. The laminate looked good, the wood was gorgeous but cost wise it's not doable.
H did online research beforehand, and it said it would cost in the $1,000-$3,000 range for laminate (there's a name for it but I forgot, it's the wood imitation). The estimate we got was $8,000. We were shocked at the price. We have 24 linear feet of cabinets. It's not a big kitchen. $8,000?
What should we be looking at pricewise, and quality wise wood vs. laminate?
But I'll be curious to see if anyone here can offer you some advice...good luck!!
My tolerance for stupid shit is getting less and less.
..we ended up "PAINTING" all the cabinets and replacing all the handles to update the look.
..cost was under $100. totally new and fresh look.
..if money isn't a concern.. blow the bankroll on cupboards.. if new cupboards are going to make your life complete.
..we decided that $10000.00 could be spent on other things so we took the practical (cheap)solution. ..glad we did... hey, they're only cupboards!!!!
Get another estimate, or two.
We have 20 cabinet doors and 6 drawers - $4K - $4.5K for what was essentially a cherry-like thermofoil(?) slab door. Initially we chose a Shaker-style '5 piece' door, which would have doubled the price.
The company we used was loved by everybody on Angie's List. They came and left on time every day, they finished the job on time, and they did a great clean-up job every day.
It looks OK, and it's stood up well, but I think new cabinets would be better if we sell.
My business partner does contracting & renovating (along with low-end to high-end laser printer maintenance and troubleshooting - go figure). The only new cabinets I was willing to buy was Home Depot's high end, but he expresses great disgust with the low quality of said cabinets. I question his judgment but can't go against it. If I hadn't picked a guy who knows remodeling, I wonder if I'd have gotten the new cabinets and been happy....
Good luck on your remodel.
Everything else about he kitchen is good so it's definitely not a re-do situation. It's got stainless steel appliances, silestone counters and a beautiful backsplash. I would have chosen the countertops and backsplash tiles myself, so we got lucky.
Tripletrouble, if you wouldn't mind posting the pics here I'd love to see them.
I have heard so many good things about Ikea. Thing is, we'd have to get someone in for the install (we're useless when it comes to that stuff), so I'm not sure if the cost would be manageable with the materials and labor.
The X used to reface cabinets with laminate, including making the new doors, routing designs in them and doing all the installations. It's not that difficult. I'm not saying it's something a layman can do themself, but $8k sounds ridiculous. It's gluing the laminate on the doorless cabinets, making the doors out of pressed board (or whatever) by gluing the laminate on the doors, routing a design (it's done with a template, not freehand) and hanging the doors. Depending on the size of your kitchen, maybe a two-day job? I'd keep looking if you don't want to go the Ikea route.
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Hanging cabinets, as long as they are the same size as the ones you are replacing really isn't hard at all. I just had a plumber come in afterwards and hook up the sink and I was good to go. I literally drove to Ikea, loaded cabinets (with 2 little kids) and assembled them during nap time (many nap times). Hung them on the weekends with my ex helping. I think it took me a total of 2 weeks. One week of buying, assembling and then installing the bottom, and then another week for the top cabinets. Freecycled the old ones, so I didn't even need to dispose of many of them.
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I would also check your phone book for local cabinet makers. You may be surprised what some of them charge.
Our cabinets were real 1965 laminate, so repainting wasn't an option.