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Barker Door Review
If you’re researching Barker Door Reviews, then you’re probably doing a kitchen or bathroom remodel by yourself. Let me start by saying props to you!! It’ll be a lot of work but it’ll be totally worth it!! We just recently remodeled our kitchen and we absolutely love it!! Our kitchen was almost 40 years old and it definitely needed some love!!
You’ll want to start your remodel by examining your cabinets and determining if “refacing” is the best option for you. Basically “refacing” is when you redo everything on the outside of the cabinets to make them look brand spanking new. As long as the actual structure of your cabinets is still going strong, then “refacing” is definitely something for you to consider.
Things to replace/update when refacing cabinets:
- the finish on the cabinet frames
- drawer boxes (recommend updating to dove tail drawer boxes)
- hinges (recommend overlay soft close-determine your overlay amount prior to ordering)
- drawer slides (recommend soft close)
- cabinet pulls
- cabinet doors (either refinish current doors or completely replace)
We were fortunate enough to be able to reface our cabinets (saved us a lot of money-read about our kitchen remodel costs here), but we had to completely replace our outdated cabinet doors. We realized it was going to cost us a pretty penny to replace all of our cabinet doors so we did a lot of research before making an investment.
I ordered sample doors from several different companies. I wanted to compare all of the different companies before making a purchase. Y’all I would get a sample in from a company and test it out myself. I would bang it around, splash it with water, and cut it down the center to make sure it was solid!! I wasn’t playing around!! We might want to save money by refacing our cabinets but we were NOT willing to settle on quality.
After all of our research and testing, we decided to order our cabinet doors from Barker Doors. I should let you know that this is not a paid add/review for Barker Doors, it’s my honest opinion. I’m not a “famous” blogger who gets paid to review companies. I wish I was a famous rich blogger, but the reality is I’m just a girl sharing my life lessons/experiences/adventures.
Here’s all of the reasons I love Barker Doors:
- Barker Doors has a good selection of cabinet door styles. They have about 16 styles for you to choose from. If for some reason you can’t find a style that you like, then you can contact them about a custom style.
- Most of their doors are 100% wood and I LOVE that!! The other companies we ordered from only had doors made of mdf which doesn’t do as well when it comes into contact with water. I don’t know about you but I’m spilling stuff in my kitchen all the time!! I want strong solid wood doors!!
- You can completely customize the doors.
- You can customize the height and width to fit your custom cabinets. A lot of places we researched only had standard cabinet doors, which made it hard for a few of our cabinets.
- You can customize the door hinge cup. We didn’t need anything custom about our door hinge cups (we just did standard) but that might be something you need for your project.
- You can customize the wood type. I believe they have about 8-9 different types of wood to choose from. So if you’re only wanting to replace a few doors to match your current doors (maybe your doing an add-on or a door got damaged) this is a great feature for you!
- You can customize the frame widths. When researching other companies, it was just the one style. You couldn’t customize the frames to fit your style.
- Communication was on point!! I reached out to Barker Doors probably 3 times and I always got a prompt, polite, and helpful response.
- Online tutorials were super helpful! There are so many tutorial videos on their website and on YouTube. I was a little overwhelmed with all of the videos so I saved my top 3 and just kept referencing those.
- They have a cabinet company, which means you can order cabinets that perfectly match your new doors. We LOVED this feature because we wanted to completely replace some of our upper cabinets.
- Barker Doors sent extra screws with our hinges and cabinets. I know that probably sounds totally stupid but I’m definitely the person who drops a screw and can’t find it. Yes we use NutWax but I’m just clumsy sometimes. I appreciate companies that send a few extra, it shows customer service is important and worth the extra $1 in screws.
- Barker Doors stuck to their timeline! They frequently update the lead time on their website to let you know how long it’ll be until you receive your order. Their timeline was right on schedule. One of the other companies we ordered a sample from was 5 months behind schedule (meaning it took 6 months to receive a standard sample package). Y’all we’d already ordered and received our final cabinets from Barker Doors before we received the standard sample package from this other company!! I literally laughed when it arrived because our kitchen was almost done by the time we received it (that’s why I’m not recommending that company obviously).
- Just FYI, custom doors take a while to make so put your order in ASAP. You don’t want your project to get behind schedule, speaking from experience. I was avoiding putting in our order because I was nervous about my measurements.
The only thing I didn’t love about Barker Doors was the color selection. I wish they had some more options, but I understand you can’t please everyone. If you don’t like their color options, then just order plain doors and paint them yourselves. You can read all about how we painted and updated our cabinet doors here. Also it’s cheaper to buy the doors raw, so you’ll save even more money if you paint them yourselves!
I hope you found this review helpful and your cabinet refacing goes as smooth as possible! Be sure to read about all of our tips for updating your cabinets and our full kitchen remodel.