Cabinet Refacing or New Kitchen Cabinets

McManus Cabinet Refacing is now part of McManus Kitchen and Bath. We still offer cabinet refacing services but we now also have a full service showroom with two designer on staff. We specialize in kitchen, bath and whole home remodels.

All of the refacing information on this site is still accurate. You can also visit to learn more about McManus Kitchen and Bath.

How Long Do Cabinets Last?

Quality kitchen cabinets have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. Lower quality, builder grade cabinets, can wear out much quicker. Common issues are cabinet doors that don’t close well, noisy drawer slides and finishes that are dull and worn. Older kitchens also lack the custom organizers and lighting that are common in today’s homes.

Cabinet Refacing vs Cabinet Replacement

Traditional kitchen remodeling is an “all or nothing” process. Once your tear out the cabinets you also have to replace the countertops, plumbing, repair drywall, flooring etc… Not only is this expensive but it means living without your kitchen for 4 to 6 weeks.

Cabinet refacing can be a great alternative to cabinet replacement. It is not an “all or nothing” solution. You can update the look and function of your kitchen without replacing your countertops or removing your existing cabinets and fixtures.

Cabinet Refacing White Shaker Kitchen with Granite Counters

When is Cabinet Refacing the Right Choice?

With cabinet refacing your current cabinets stay in place. We replace your doors and drawer fronts and cover the rest of your cabinets with custom panels and trims. There is no tear out and you can keep using your kitchen throughout the project.

Cabinet refacing is great when you like the current layout of your kitchen, like your current countertops and appliances but need to update the cabinets.

Cabinet refacing is also less disruptive since your kitchen remains functional throughout the project. So if you have small children or other loved ones you care for and can’t imagine not having a kitchen for 6 or 8 weeks then refacing is a good option.

When is Cabinet Refacing Not the Best Choice?

If you want to change the layout of the your kitchen or are planning to replace your countertops, fixtures and other elements of the kitchen then new cabinets are probably a better option.

What about the Cost?

If you look at just the material and labor costs of a custom cabinet reface they are similar to the cost of installing new cabinets. However new cabinets come with additional costs like demo, plumbing, new counters, tile etc… With cabinet refacing that is not the case.

That is why refacing is a great choice if you want to keep you countertops and appliances but new cabinets might be a better choice if you want to replace those items as well.

Our average reface cost is around $19,000 – $25,000 for a mid sized kitchen in Tallahassee. Custom add ons like drawer conversions can add several thousand dollars to the cost.

Small kitchens can┬ácost as little as $15,000. We’ve refaced large kitchens for $40,000 and up when there are a lot of custom options added.

Video: Cabinet Refacing Start to Finish

Our Cabinet Refacing Process:

New Cabinet Doors, New Drawer Fronts, Custom Panels and trims

With our cabinet refacing system you get all new doors and drawer fronts, new soft close hinges and custom panels and trims. You also have the options of adding new drawer boxes, custom organizers and even adding or extending your existing cabinets.

How to Get Started

1. Design Consultation (Home Visit)

It starts with a visit from one of our design consultants. We’ll discuss the options for your kitchen and give you a quote on the cost.

2. Selections and Ordering (Showroom Visit)

The next step is to visit our showroom so you can chose your cabinet door style and color. We’ll also show you organizers, cabinet pulls and other options.

3. Installation

The installation process takes about 5 days for a mid sized kitchen if there are not many customizations needed. Larger kitchens or kitchens with lots of modifications can take up to two weUpgrade Your Kitchen Storage

Drawer Conversion Tallahassee
Before (left) and After (right). Drawer conversions easily improve your kitchen storage.

A kitchen update is about more than just looking great

With our refacing system, we can add, extend and modify your cabinets in many ways. Our in-home design consultant will go over all the options with you and help you design a kitchen that works for your specific needs.

Quality of Materials

Our doors and hardware are the best in the business. Everything is hand finished by expert craftsman using low VOC stains and lacquers.

Remodel or Reface?

Since we provide both full service remodeling and custom cabinet refacing we are able help you decide whether a complete remodel or cabinet reface is best for your needs.

About 50% of the time we visit a home for a cabinet refacing estimate it turns out that new cabinets are a better solution.