Renovate vs Restyle - The following comparison illustrates that restyling/refacing your cabinetry takes considerable fewer steps to complete. That translates into lower costs, less trash, and most importantly less disruption in your home!

Renovate: There are numerous steps involved when renovating your kitchen and you choose to replace your cabinets. One thing leads to the next and before you know it, you don't just have new cabinets, but now you have new flooring, a new counter top, a new backsplash, new appliances, a new sink, new lighting and more. Renovating your kitchen involves more work , more time and more money.

Restyle: There are far fewer steps involved in Restyling your cabinetry. By using existing cabinets now you have the option of saving your counter top, backsplash, appliances, sink and flooring. Restyling gives your kitchen or bath a new look on a conservative budget.

The chart below outlines the steps and timeline involved in each process. You can choose to Restyle your kitchen and add some of the options from the Renovation category. Remember, more steps equal more cost and more time. Deciding to Restyle your cabinets can easily save you 50% to 60%, compared to a complete renovation.


Renovate / Remodeling

average of 8-12 WEEKS construction

  1. Hire a designer to create plans and construction documents.
  2. Select door style, wood and finish for the new cabinets.
  3. Measure for new cabinets, appliances, flooring, etc.
  4. Select and order new appliances, cabinets, flooring, lighting, etc.
  5. Obtain city permits for the construction project.
  6. Tear out cabinets, sheetrock, backsplash, countertops, flooring, appliances and sink.
  7. Rework lighting and electrical for new appliances and fixtures.
  8. Rework plumbing and gas line for sink and appliances.
  9. Install new sheetrock.
  10. Tape float and texture new sheetrock.
  11. Paint walls and ceiling.
  12. Install new cabinets.
  13. Install decking for countertop.
  14. Install new countertop and backsplash.
  15. Install lighting and wall plug covers.
  16. Install new flooring.
  17. Install appliances, sink, faucet and disposal.
  18. Touch up paint.
  19. Haul a "major" load of trash.

Restyle / Refacing

2-3 DAYS construction

  1. Meet the Restylist at your home.
  2. Select your new cabinet style, wood and finish.
  3. Plan your new storage solutions.
  4. Measure for new doors, drawers and drawer boxes.
  5. Remove old doors and drawer fronts.
  6. Install new doors with concealed European hinges.
  7. Install new maple drawer boxes with full-extension drawer slides and drawer fronts.
  8. Haul a small load of trash.