Can You Replace Countertops Without Replacing Cabinets?

Your kitchen countertops take a lot of abuse every day. Even if you’re not a kitchen whiz, you still place things on the counters all the time and clean them frequently. In fact, countertop surfaces usually deteriorate faster than anything else in the kitchen.

If your counters look a bit worse for wear, but the rest of the kitchen (including the cabinets) is still in good shape, you may wonder, “Can you replace countertops without replacing cabinets?” The short answer is yes, it is possible, but Cabinet Creations, the kitchen remodeling experts in Southeast MI, has some advice to help you make the best decision.

Why You Might Want to Keep Existing Cabinets

Cost is the reason most homeowners decide to replace counters without investing in cabinet replacement at the same time. When a complete renovation isn’t in the budget, changing the countertop material is an affordable and impactful update.

You might decide to just upgrade the counters because you like the existing cabinetry and kitchen layout but hate the work surfaces. When the cabinets and counters don’t work together, the whole room looks awkward or outdated. New counters are a simple solution. Just switching from brown-toned to black countertops, for example, can shift the whole vibe of the room from early 2000s throwback to modern minimalist.

Finally, kitchen renovations are disruptive, and if it’s not a great time to be living in a construction zone, replacing only the countertops is a simple and fast way to give the room a facelift. Countertop installation takes less than a day, so you don’t have to worry about not having a kitchen for weeks on end or dealing with the noise and mess that come with a major remodel.

Things to Consider Before Keeping Your Current Cabinets

Remember when we said “Yes” is the short answer to “Can you replace countertops without replacing cabinets?” That’s because the long answer is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and while these projects are possible, they aren’t always advisable.

Contractors must be able to install new counters without damaging the cabinets. Deteriorated or weak cabinets that can’t support the weight of the new material require replacement. The last thing you want is for the lower cabinets to collapse under the brand-new, heavier countertops and cause expensive damage.

Only replacing countertops isn’t ideal if you plan to make a more substantial renovation later on, either. You can’t change the layout when you only get new counters, so don’t change them now if you’re planning a total revamp of the kitchen later.

Where Beauty and Function Meet

Can you replace countertops without replacing cabinets? Yes, you can, but it’s important to speak with a professional to determine if it’s a good idea for your situation.

Cabinet Creations prioritizes giving customers the best possible remodeling experience. Our installers will be there when you need them and can help with anything involving cabinets or countertops; if you need advice on the best kitchen countertop material or want other information, make an appointment by calling (248) 618-3332 to see how we can bring your dream kitchen to life.

Kirk Richardson
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