Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: Here’s the Scoop

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Looking for an inexpensive upgrade for your tired, old kitchen? Many people swear by cabinet refacing, a quick fix that adds new fronts to your existing cabinets. No need to tear out the cabinets or demo the whole room.

Here’s how to tell if cabinet refacing is right for you. Think about 3 main factors:

  1. Your kitchen layout. Is it functional and big enough? Unless you’re dealing with a small space that is begging you to knock out a wall, stick with what you have. It’s much less expensive because you save the contractor’s time for all the demo and rebuilding. (Plus, who needs all that home improvement dust?)
  2. Your timing. Do you plan to move in a few years? If so, you probably won’t recoup the cost of a full kitchen remodeling, says Keidel Plumbing Supply. For a fraction of the home improvement cost, you can put a new face on the room and make it shine!
  3. The cabinetry. Is it in good condition? Cabinet refacing uses the existing cabinet boxes and adds new doors and drawers, so you need a sturdy base. See these cabinet construction tips from Hometips.com for details on how quality doors, drawers, and boxes are made and assembled. If your cabinets are not in good shape, you’re better off waiting until you can afford to do a full kitchen remodeling where you replace the cabinets.

Cabinet Refacing To Dos

Before the cabinet refacing contractor comes, you want to think through the changes. If you’re tired of oak cabinets, perhaps a rich cherry would make a beautiful change. Do you want to add new decorative hardware (a VERY inexpensive upgrade)? How about a new sink, faucet, or countertop? While practicality is always good, think about whether it’s easier for the contractor to change out everything all at once.

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  1. One Response to “Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: Here’s the Scoop”

  2. Jul 28, 2010

    Allison, I agree that cabinet refacing is an excellent way to give your kitchen a fresh look but for far less expense than replacing cabinets. Another alternative we often suggest to clients is to refinish cabinets. Refinishing cabinets works the same way you would refinish a piece of furniture. This is a job most do-it-yourselfers can take on, although a professional will do a job that is likely to last longer.

    There are a variety of looks to choose from when selecting a new finish. Or, you can paint cabinets with glossy, stain-resistant paint. A special technique such as glazing or a distressed finish can give your kitchen an old-fashioned look.

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