In many cases refacing may make sense and will save money. However, cabinets built in the 80s with foremica are most likely not made of plywood. Particle board cabinets that old are worn out and smelly making refacing a waste of good money.

We don't know the exact condition of the current cabinets, but if all cabinet makers suggested replacing and not even one recommended refacing, it tells us something.

One thing about investing money in remodeling will always be true: In most cases, the cheaper is more expensive.