I bought new doors for my kitchen at B&Q, this obviously will only work if your cupboards are a standard size. It worked out really cheap and with a new worktop - looked great. We were doing it to sell though - it was a tiny kitchen and needed to be nice so as not to put people off - it didn't seem to as we got over the asking price for the house in the end (this was a year ago tho!).
My Dad is a carpenter though so was able to fit them all for me, but hiring a carpenter to fix the doors may be cheaper than one of those companies who do it all - but I really don't know about this.
Only worth doing if the layout is exactly as you want it now and the cupboard and drawer casings are really good. If the drawers wobble when you pull them out, the cupboards are manky inside or you have to do several laps of the kitchen to make a cup of tea, you will feel cheated by having shiny new fronts and still want a new kitchen.
I am thinking of doing this, altho I will also have to replace my drawer stack as the kiddies have made it into a type of ladder to climb up to get at the biscuit cupbourd!!!!!
Plus, the cupboard doors on the bottom are looking manky with water damage!!! (especially by the sink from when the kiddies and DH splash and don;t wipe, as I am perfect and would never do that....).
as and when I do go for it tho, I will keep the worktop as it is fine, but replace the back splash with tiles, re-paint, buy new window blinds AND rearrange the cupboards about too......will feel like a completely new kitchen then, and I will watch and giggle when no-one can find anything, (altho they may watch and giggle when I cannot find anything either).
new tea towels and a new colour scheme (of sorts) make a difference too
I did it in a kitchen in an old house of mine. The companies who replace them for you are dead expensive. You can buy them from DIY shops or even get MDF cut to size. You then need a router to drill out round holes and then you can fit kitchen hinges yourself. Bish bosh - easy (well, it was for DH Then paint...
We updated our kitchen doing this, cost less than 200 quid in total and looked fab. Are thinking of doing it again in our new house as cupboards are sound.
we replaced our doors and it wasn't too expensive - think it was less than £1k for 22 cupboards and 11 drawers (small kitchen, lots of cupbords).
we fitted them ourselves though which cut down the cost quite a bit.
We thought about replacing the worktop but it looked so much better once the new doors were on we decided not to bother as it is a real pain to do. Did get a new floor though which was def worth doing as vinyl off a roll is v cheap, and new lighting (halogen spots on a track) made a colossal difference.
My SIL partner works for Kitchen Magic they advertise in the Times on Sunday full page ad. They supply new doors and worktops and have redone her best friends house. I would get three quotes and ask for a detailed quote not a line quote ie one price. You want some one who seems interested but don`t be tempted by any hard sell from a company walk away.
If you want to give me some details nailpolish I don`t mind getting you a rough quote from them. As you have helped me before. I`ll give you my email or you can click contact if you have the mumsnet service.
Our kitchen was, I think, put in sometime in the early 80s. Well made standard carcasses and drawers with bright orange pine handmade drawer fronts and doors and badly knocked around laminate surfaces. We sanded and painted the drawer and door fronts and replaced the laminate with oak work tops. We bought the work tops from an online company, Barncrest, then got an excellent kitchen-fitter recommended by Twiglett to fit them. Looks fabulous!