Replacing Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget
LESLIE: Sandy in Indiana is taking on a kitchen project. How can we help you?
SANDY: Hold on just a second. I’m all out of breath. I’ve been dancing to the on-hold music. Anyway, OK.
TOM: Well, alright.
SANDY: Whew. I’m out of breath. Anyway, OK, I need both of your perspectives: Tom, you because I’ve got a husband and Leslie, you because I am the female in the house here.
I want to redo the kitchen. I want to know, should I just have all the cupboards removed? Bring new ones in, put them up there? Or is it better to kind of make – take the doors off and try to refinish them and so on and so forth. Which is – which would you prefer to do if you were doing it?
TOM: What’s your budget?
LESLIE: What’s your budget?
SANDY: What’s my budget?
TOM: We both agree on that.
SANDY: Oh, let’s see, $1.50? No. Probably around $4,000 or $5,000.
TOM: OK. So, that’s a good budget. If you want to do a complete kitchen makeover, you could probably do something close to that. There’s a company – a new company – out now that’s started by the same guys that started Lumber Liquidators. It’s called CabinetsToGo.com. And these guys make really nice cabinets. Surprisingly nice, because they’re ready-to-assemble cabinets.
TOM: When you receive them at your home, they’re flat-packed and you have to put them together, which is not that big of a deal because they are rock-solid, really well-built cabinets with good-quality hinges and good-quality drawer glides and that sort of thing. And for 4,000 or 5,000 bucks, you could definitely get enough cabinets to do your whole kitchen, along with the countertop and maybe a few extra light fixtures and that sort of thing.
SANDY: Oh, wow.
TOM: I think you could do it for that kind of money. We were very surprised. Had a chance to look at them – look at this company – when we were at a recent major trade show. And really good company with great product at a reasonable price.
So check out Cabinets To Go. That would probably be the only way you could do new cabinets and spend $4,000 or $5,000. If you went to any kitchen showroom, you would probably be talking $10,000 to $20,000, I would suspect.
LESLIE: Yeah. I mean you’re really looking at, if you’re doing a full kitchen with a kitchen designer and new cabinets, a much heftier price tag.
The other place – I don’t know if you have an IKEA nearby. They have some really lovely, affordable cabinets. Again, you’re going to have to assemble them but it keeps them more in your price range. I also think that replacing cabinet doors is a good way to change things if the boxes are of good construction and in good shape. You can go that route with a new countertop and kind of still come into your budget range.
As Tom mentioned, solid surfaces, whether it’s granite or a Corian-type product are pricey. You’re looking in the $30 to $45 per-linear-foot range. So, you’ve got to really consider all of these things and what you want from the end product and what’s most important in your kitchen design. Is it that you want a granite countertop? Is it that you want to add an island? And sort of look at what is the priority or what is the thing that you most want to see. And then you’ll be able to determine where the cabinets are going to fall.
SANDY: OK. Now, a curiosity question. These Cabinets To Go, would that be something that you could do, Leslie? Are you handy?
LESLIE: Am I handy? I’m very handy. I’m not your average gal.
SANDY: OK. Well, I am, also. That’s why I’m going like – it’s kind of like husband and wife, we can both work together on it as opposed to …
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Absolutely.
TOM: There’ll be no arguments.
SANDY: OK. Not like hanging wallpaper, right?
LESLIE: No, no, no.
SANDY: OK. OK, well, definitely I will check out Cabinets To Go. Fantastic.
TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
SANDY: Hey. And thanks for the dancing I did before.
LESLIE: You’re so welcome.
SANDY: Have a good one, guys. Bye-bye.