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Recycled Cabinet Doors: Worth the Money Savings?

Kitchen renovations are expensive. In fact, it’s often the most expensive room to renovate in an entire home. Kitchens are also the space most likely to show wear and age. If you’re considering updating your kitchen, you may be feeling a bit of price tag shock. From new appliances and flooring to light fixtures and cupboards, the expenses can really add up. One way in which some homeowners have chosen to reduce the cost of their kitchen renovation is with recycled cabinet doors.

Dark colored salvaged wood cabinets

Before you make this call, take some time to consider the savings.

Some people are turned off by the idea of used kitchen cabinet parts. When you undergo a kitchen renovation, you want to feel as though you’re achieving something that will be entirely fresh and new. Using old doors – whether they’re your own old kitchen cabinets or someone else’s, can seem a little odd. However, if the doors are expertly refinished, you’d never even know they’d been used. You see, with a fresh coat of paint or stain and new hardware, it’s impossible to tell whether the cabinets were ever previously used.

Reclaimed wood pieces as cabinet handles
kitchen cabinet doors made with reclaimed glass

However, the real question is in regards to price. Is it really cost effective to use recycled cabinet doors versus buying new? The answer is a resounding “yes!” – especially if you’re using your own old doors. In fact, you can end up saving thousands of dollars that could be better spent in other areas of your kitchen – such as in your appliances and decor. The cost of refinishing cabinet doors is a fraction of the price of new materials and can easily produce the same fresh, new look you’re yearning to accomplish.

Best of all, by using recycled cabinet doors, you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint – and that’s something that can benefit us all.

Kitchen design with recycled cabinet doors
Pallet wood kitchen cabinets
Old wood cabinets in the kitchen

Carrie Dagenhard

Carrie is a seasoned blogger, entertainment journalist and all around professional wordsmith with a passion for interior design and home organization. A self-proclaimed eternal wanderer and neat freak, she enjoys sharing her eclectic tastes and zeal of creating a beautiful and balanced space through DIY home décor. After graduating with a degr[...]

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