Can You Replace Countertops Without Replacing Your Cabinets?

June 1, 2021

So you’re ready to renovate your kitchen… But you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to your cabinets! Maybe you’re…

  • On a tight budget
  • Sentimentally attached to your current cabinets
  • Not interested in the work involved with swapping out cabinetry

Whatever the reason, many homeowners find themselves in the position where they really want to swap out their countertops for something nicer, newer, or more modern—but they’d rather not overhaul all of their cabinetry.

So it is possible to replace countertops without replacing all the cabinets?

Here’s the short answer: Yes, absolutely. You can replace your countertops without having to renovate all your cabinets.

However, there are a few implications and questions you may want to consider before you decide to go that route.

1. Are you happy with your overall kitchen layout?

If you love the way your kitchen flows, then that’s great! However, if you’re thinking of changing the overall design of your kitchen, this may be a reason to consider swapping out your cabinets. 

2. Where are you getting your countertops?

When you work with our team, we’re happy to install custom countertops in whatever way makes sense for your project. However, the warranties involved in many big box store countertops often assume you’re getting new cabinets as well. Wherever you decide to purchase your countertops, be sure to ask whether keeping your current cabinetry impacts the project or the warranty in any way.

3. How sturdy are your cabinets?

Especially when installing heavy natural stone countertops, it’s possible that your cabinetry could be damaged in the installation process, or that your current cabinets may not support the weight of heavier countertops. Check with your team to figure out whether your current cabinets are able to support the countertops you’d like to install.

4. Will you be able to maintain a cohesive look?

Sometimes when we start “cut and pasting” old and new pieces together, we can run into aesthetic issues. See if you can bring a piece of stone similar to your desired countertops home so you can color match and really understand how your new countertops are likely to look in the space.

Questions About Installing New Countertops On Existing Cabinets? Give Us a Call!

For homeowners in WV, VA, and MD, our expert team is happy to guide you through the process. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your options & get a custom quote for your project.

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