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Old 11-22-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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The double-sink vanity in the master bath of our condo is about 8' long and only 29.5" high. We like the low height, want to keep it, so are looking at possibly resurfacing the cabinets instead of replacing them.
We have the standard 1980's cabinets- cream color laminate with the wood trim.
Anyone have experience with resurfacing - pros vs. cons vs. new cabinets? Any recommendations on contractors/businesses who do this work? Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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On the 1980's face frame cabinets, you'll always be stuck with the interiors. Are they in good condition? Are the openings large enough? In my experience, it is slightly cheaper to reface, but not that much. In the end, I think you'd be happier replacing, but then again- you'll also have to replace the top so that adds to the cost. If you were going to do that anyway, I would definitely replace. Good luck!
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I've found that refacing isn't really that much cheaper than replacing and in some instances it actually costs more. I'd replace them because cabinetry has come a long way since the 80s. The soft close drawers and doors are a pleasure and if you go with a quality cabinet with plywood boxes you'll never have to do this again. I hope this helps.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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I have the same decision to make. My cabinets are actually very solid, drawers work better than stock cabs in Home Depot or Lowes. In order to replace the old cabs we'd have to remove the mirrors, newer cabs are too tall for our needs. It then becomes a major bathroom remodel. The same ugly cabinets are in our kitchen. The problem there is that the current space can't be expanded and the corner cabs seem to be odd sized. I know the major expense in cabinets is in the door which is what is replaced in refacing. Does anyone know a good refacing store in the area?
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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If the cabinet boxes/doors are 'european' style, that is no face frame, no space between drawers/doors and hidden hinges, AND flat panel, refacing is quick and easy using the existing draw faces and doors. If the drawers/doors have other than flat panel, they can be replaced with same size if boxes were built conforming to 3" module rule. [18", 21" 24" etc]
If the boxes are face frame, the drawers and doors can be any size the maker decided to make them. If the doors have exposed hinges, [mounted ON the frame] exact size replacements can be made. [if they are not flat panel] If the doors are mounted with hybrid method, that is face frame but with European hinges, you will run into problems in that you are looking at custom made. Also, with face frame, you may want to keep the drawer as European drawers are mounted with slider mounted to the box side. Face frame requires 'build up' to take up the space between the drawer and the amount of space the box frame goes beyond the cabinet box side.
In the 80's, the standard height for bath cabinets was 30" It is now 34" or 36"
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:19 AM
 
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NYFL:

I hate to say it but "It depends."

Cabinets can be refaced cost effectively, but it depends on the style of cabinet (frameless or face frame) and whether or not you want to replace the doors and drawer fronts.

Make sure the cabinets are decent quality before refacing.

I am a licensed contractor and I wouldn't reface a vanity cabinet for less than $800.00 labor which includes installing and adjusting owner-provided finished doors and drawer fronts.
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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Thanks all for your feedback. Still undecided. While I understand it probably makes more sense to replace, we really wanted to keep the 30" height, which I don't think we can do with a new vanity, unless we go for custom. Also, then face same issue as joeyddog as would need to replace mirrors too. We were really trying to just do this somewhat economically, without major renovation. Guess there is no such thing!
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Toss up a picture or two. Helps to know what we can see!
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:49 PM
 
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While I understand it probably makes more sense to replace, we really wanted to keep the 30" height, which I don't think we can do with a new vanity, unless we go for custom.
Check Home Depot and inquire specifically about Kraftsmaid brand. They have an astonishing selection of sizes in cabinets. They have a lot of stuff that other brands don't have. I think I remember seeing 30 inch height available. It is worth calling and getting someone in the Kitchen and Bath department. Ask them to check, which they should be able to do while you are on the phone. If it is available, it won't be in stock but can be ordered in the door style and finish you want and will arrive in 3 to 6 weeks.

PS. If they do have your height, order the plywood box frames. The humidity here would not be kind to pressed wood.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I had the same thing in my new condo in Fort Lauderdale. Kitchen was partially upgraded except for the cabinets.

I had those horrible gold and tan ones with gold pulls. Paid someone $200 and they resurfaced my entire kitchen and spent $40 on new pulls and my kitchen looks brand new.

Because of that crappy surface, they had to be professionally done.
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