Cabinet Myths and Facts

There are some common misconceptions when it come to any remodeling project. Cabinets are no exception to this. Listed below are a few of the cabinet myths that can cause you concerns when deciding to replace your cabinets or reface your existing ones. I hope we can help you clear these up. If you have any questions feel free to give Cabinet Mart a call. We are more that happy to help.


Myth: When you remodel a kitchen, it generally pays for itself. 

This is not entirely true. According to the 2014-15 Cost vs. Value Report (a joint study from the National Association of Realtors and Remodeling magazine), a minor kitchen remodel will recoup 72.8% on the cost, on average. A mid-range kitchen remodel will pay back 68.7% of the remodeling cost, while a major kitchen remodel only returns 59.7%. So it’s important to consider how long you plan to stay in your home, as well as the value of an improved kitchen to you personally, regardless of the ROI.


Myth: It is really cheaper to reface my existing cabinet rather than replacing them.

Fact: If your existing cabinets are in poor shape or have water damage, re-facing is not a good option. You’ll have to spend money fixing the old cabinets before you can reface them. In addition, re-facing doesn’t allow you to change the layout of your kitchen. If you want to improve the “flow” of your kitchen’s work space or add some of today’s newer kitchen options, replacing is your best bet.


Myth: I cant afford nice high end wood cabinets like cherry cabinets.

Fact: Don’t narrow your options too soon. You can often get cherry wood—or other high-end wood species—in a less expensive door style. At Cabinet Mart, we offer a wide range of door styles and wood species to help you match your vision to your budget and because we are an authorized dealer of 11 lines of cabinetry including Waypoint, Mid Continent, IKS, Haas, Mayland, Homesite, Legacy Cabinets and we carry JSI Cabinety, we have many different styles and finishes to choose from.


Myth: I hear custom cabinets are way more durable than premade ones.

Fact: Not necessarily. All cabinets have a degree of hand construction, so the quality depends on the skill of the craftsmen making the cabinet.


Myth: I should save a bunch of money by just reusing my old countertops.

Fact: Probably not. It’s difficult to remove old countertops without damaging them. And new cabinets may not match the structure of your old ones. One more caveat: old countertops often look even older when set against brand new cabinets. So in most cases its just better to put new countertops on your new cabinets.


I hope we have helped to clear up any confusion when it comes to cabinets.