- Tony FlemingParticipant@the-dark-knightJoin Date: 2008Post Count: 396
Hey team i know a lot of investors just change cupboard doors on kitchens if the base/frame is still sturdy. Just wondering what companies/businesses people use for replacing them?
If they are standard sizes you could just go to Bunnings etc. Or a local kitchen/cabinet maker.
Sometimes just painting the doors and putting on new handles can make a huge difference. We did this in one property. Will give us at least another 5 years before having to replace.
We moved one from one room to another and put new handles and new benchtop. Looked great.Gazza21Participant@gazza21Join Date: 2012Post Count: 54
Not sure of suppliers but whatever you do avoid ‘vinyl wrap’ kitchen doors like the plague. Moisture/steam gets in from fridge/cooker etc and it soon unwraps.. meaning new doors again. They’ll last 3-5 yrs if you’re lucky and the tenant looks after themJamie MooreParticipant@jamie-mJoin Date: 2010Post Count: 5,069
Like Catalyst said, a local cabinet maker should be able to assist. If possible, it might be best to get them to measure up the doors so you don't end up with odd sizes that don't fit.
There's also a few online companies.
OK I'm going to say it out loud. I contemplated making my own replacement kitchen cupboard doors. By removing the existing doors and tracing around them with MDF or something for the new doors. I didn't ponder it for too long as I soon realised the dwelling needed a full reno anyhow so I did a full gutting and reno. I will be interested to see how many people burst out laughing at the MDF concept and explain to me why it would be inappropriate, because I am no tradie so all knowledge is welcome!DubstepParticipant@dubstepJoin Date: 2012Post Count: 395
I would loved to have seen the finished product !
I know someone that did it. They used a router to pattern them. Seal and paint them and they look OK. If I had time and patience I'd consider it but I don't have either.
The finished product didn't need to be awesome… it just needed to be cupboard doors that were paintable. Perhaps one day I shall have a go at it !
Yep sometimes it's not worth spending too much. You just want to make it presentable.
Wouldn't be too difficult I don't think. If you router the edges it wouldn't be too plain and that's pretty easy.
The carcasses can last 20 years. It's usually the doors and benchtops that date and get damaged.M.InvestigatorMember@m.investigatorJoin Date: 2012Post Count: 134
If it's a really very quick and easy job (let's say to do in just under 30 minutes), then I'd probably do it myself if the investment property was only nearby. Wouldn't really want to do it if its interstate or hours away.
Although, my preference would be to use a local kitchen/cabinet maker (using yellow pages or Google) or get a recommendation from my local property managerTony FlemingParticipant@the-dark-knightJoin Date: 2008Post Count: 396JacM wrote:OK I'm going to say it out loud. I contemplated making my own replacement kitchen cupboard doors. By removing the existing doors and tracing around them with MDF or something for the new doors. I didn't ponder it for too long as I soon realised the dwelling needed a full reno anyhow so I did a full gutting and reno. I will be interested to see how many people burst out laughing at the MDF concept and explain to me why it would be inappropriate, because I am no tradie so all knowledge is welcome!
LOL i like your attitude, i try and do everything myself to avoid high fees and allow to spend more on investing. if you ever do it and it works let me know. Yeah i think a cabinet maker might be the go Thanks for the help forumites.M.InvestigatorMember@m.investigatorJoin Date: 2012Post Count: 134
Well that might be costly but depends on your budget. You can ask for your local handyman if there is something he can do to refurbish them and how much is the cost. Compare the costs versus having them replaced by companies. For sure if they are standard sizes you can easily get the service of a company.
If you go down that path, get a quote from a handyman and also a carpenter. Handymen take longer to do stuff chippies do and as such they end up costing you more (or so I have found).PrimePropertyInvestorMember@primepropertyinvestorJoin Date: 2012Post Count: 48
Very often we change just doors too if the rest is fine, but most of time we do it when we are looking to sell property fast here in UK.RenomartMember@renomartJoin Date: 2006Post Count: 6Luxury HabitatsMember@luxury-habitatsJoin Date: 2013Post Count: 1
The costs of a new kitchen door with new hinges (recommended) is about $50 each, through a local cabinetmaker. A 2400×1200 colourboard from Laminex costs about $150 and the edging costs about $1.50 a metre, hinges around $5 a set. You can normally get 6 doors approx from one sheet of board. So the cabinetmaker is making a tidy profit at $50 a door and your making a tidy profit on revamping your kitchen for under $1000 easy..
Also handles are best to buy from the local cabinetmaker too. He can order them for $1 each… Bunnings and the like sell them for a remarkable $10 each….
Moral of the story… build relationships with your local trades… they will become vital to your renovations and as long as they are making a bit of money and you are saving its a win/win
Happy 2013 and all the best!