Message Boards


  • Please be sure posts are category appropriate.
  • No off-topic or off-color postings.
  • Postings may be deleted at the discretion of HGTV Moderators.
  • No advertising is allowed.
  • Be Nice. No name calling, personal attacks or flaming.
  • Certain words will trigger moderation of the post. These words mostly cover political and religious topics, which are OFF the topics covered by HGTV.
  • For general message board help, click the tab labeled "Tools," and choose "Help" from the dropdown menu.
Full Guidelines
  HGTV Message Boards
Hop To Forum Categories   Kitchens & Baths
Hop To Forums   Kitchens & Baths How-To
  changing kitchen cabinets but not countertops
changing kitchen cabinets but not countertops Sign In/Join 
I installed new quartz counter tops several years ago, but now I would like to change out my cabinets. Has anyone done this or had it done, i.e. keeping the existing counter tops but changing cabinets? I'm thinking I could just get new doors/drawers as I want the same white color.
Posts: 2 | Registered: Jun 18, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of Sparky
posted Hide Post
If the boxes are in decent shape you can re-face the cabinets with new doors and drawer fronts. It doesn't save much money over replacing the boxes, but it is much faster. My neighbor had it done late last year, the crew was in and out in 2 days.

Replacing the boxes and keeping the counters requires careful removal of the countertops and replacing the cabinets with exactly the same size and configuration. You could swap out a base cabinet with a drawer base unit but they'd need to be the same width.

General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

I am not an employee of HGTV, nor is anyone else that posts here.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Posts: 6993 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
  Powered by Social Strata    HGTV Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Kitchens & Baths  Hop To Forums  Kitchens & Baths How-To    changing kitchen cabinets but not countertops