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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 1:42 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Anybody have experience with this? Recommendations?

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?


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Default  Posted: 2:49 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I don't have any experience with that honey. We gutted our entire kitchen and went with custom cabinets.

But I'll be curious to see if anyone here can offer you some advice...good luck!!


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Default  Posted: 3:02 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


..we contemplated replacing kitchen cabinets, then just replacing the doorfronts... so much money!!!

..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!!!!

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Default  Posted: 4:07 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Our cupboards were over 30 yo and we wanted to update how they were laid out, so we replaced. Our total kitchen was a little over 10,000.00 but we did the cupboards, new appliances, paint and had some electrical work re-routed, and outlets added.

Get another estimate, or two.


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Default  Posted: 4:22 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We had refacing done about 7 years ago. The salesman/owner said the estimate is based primarily on the number of openings and the complexity of the doors.

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.


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Default  Posted: 4:33 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

One thing to look into is Ikea cabinets. Everyone raves about them online, and they really do have some beautiful styles. On another forum I read there are people who've had them 10 years or more and they are thrilled with them. I know once or twice a year they run a sale that brings the price way down. There is a forum like this one completely dedicates to Ikea kitchens .



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Default  Posted: 4:35 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We had ours custom painted and the result is remarkable for less than half the price of refacing. They went from white to looking like wood. She custom matched to our wood table. I would send you pics of before and after if youre interested.


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Default  Posted: 4:43 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We are thinking of giving them a really good cleaning and adding some nice hardware. They are in good shape, just dingy and no handles, which I think would make a huge difference. The idea of getting them painted is interesting.

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.


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Default  Posted: 4:50 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I think you're right. The big savings on the Ikea really comes from installing them and putting them together yourself. Way bigger project than I'm up for myself



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Default  Posted: 5:18 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I love Ikea kitchens perhaps you could ask around and find a reliable handyman that could hang them for you. I don't think they're that difficult (but what do I know? )

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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Default  Posted: 6:06 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

SadinAZ, You sound like you know what you're doing. You could come over and do it. I'd pay you half what Home Depot wants and I'd give you wine!


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Default  Posted: 6:12 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I can't get the picture to post. Please spell it out for me - I've never been able to get it to work


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 6:18 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Someone else will have to step in to explain that. I am a terrible picture poster.

Ohhhhhhh, Jrazz???????


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Default  Posted: 7:22 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I've replaced cabinets myself twice. Once w HD stock cabinets and then the next kitchen w Ikea. Ikea cabinets were by far nicer and the same price. I've had them 8 yrs now and they still look great. My brother (who is an architect) used Ikea cabinets in his first house which he still rents and they are going on 12 yrs.

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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Default  Posted: 10:20 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My WS and I hung our entire Ikea kitchen in two days. We are good with tools, but by no means professionals. I put most of the cabinets together myself, and it was actually pretty fun. It was a great experience, from designing the layout to picking up our order and taking them home. I miss those cabinets! When we redo the kitchen in this home I will use Ikea again.


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Default  Posted: 10:28 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I painted cabinets in an older home we had. Loved them. Got a custom look, very fresh and it really was not that bad of a job.

I would also check your phone book for local cabinet makers. You may be surprised what some of them charge.


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Default  Posted: 5:12 PM, February 7th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Can't speak about replacing cabinets myself, but if you can restore the looks of the wood ones, I think you'd like it better and have higher resale value than if you refaced and save $ to boot.

Our cabinets were real 1965 laminate, so repainting wasn't an option.


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