Anyone can get a beautiful, kitchen with a complete remodel, but remodeling your kitchen cabinets can sometimes be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be! The trick is to get the beautiful kitchen without the big expense.
One option is cabinet refacing. Cabinet refacing can give you the quality results with reduced cost and minimal disruption. What is refacing, you may be asking. Good question. Many people have heard the term but don’t really understand what is involved. Refacing consists of replacing existing cabinet doors, drawer boxes and drawer fronts. Most people will choose a different wood species or cabinet color for a nice change. The old cabinet boxes are then bonded (wrapped) with new, real wood material, thus making them look like new cabinets. Make sure you are getting solid wood doors and drawer fronts. This can make all the difference in the world. Quality material will reflect a quality job. Not only is real wood material more desirable then laminate, it can also be more easily fixed if there are any scatches or damage to the finish. Repairs are limited to laminate cabinet materials.
Reface projects also go hand in hand with needed modifications. Simple changes such as making drawer boxes bigger or smaller, changing the drawer bank layout, or removing or adding a cutting board can all be done in conjunction with cabinet refacing. And more complicated changes like making a refrigerator look built-in or changing a kitchen desk area into a wine refrigerator can be also completed. But be sure that your refacing contractor is familiar with building custom cabinets, make sure the new cabinets are built to match and accommodate the reface sections of the kitchen. The custom cabinets and the refaced areas should match so closely that the homeowner is unable to tell the new custom cabinet from the refaced cabinet.
Adding roll-out shelves and new drawer boxes allows the homeowner to utilize their kitchen space more efficiently. This will save your knees and back. No more stooping or reaching in the back of the cabinets trying to locate those hard to reach items. Roll-out shelves are especially useful and are a smart and inexpensive way to update and make your kitchen more user-friendly.
Also pay close attention to the cabinet finish process too. Again, a quality finish, like a conversion varnish, will last much longer than lacquer, thus giving you more value for your money. Decorative crown moulding can also be added and you have a beautifully refaced kitchen. Most reface projects can be completed in 5 days.
Again, a cabinet refacing job is not as disruptive as a remodel and the homeowners still have access to their kitchen during the construction process. If a homeowner chooses their cabinet refacing contractor wisely, they should be able to use their kitchen each night during the refacing phase. Nobody wants to come home from a long day at the office to a chaotic kitchen! Folks want to use their kitchen without having to clean it each day before they start dinner and you may want to think about treating you and your family to dinner out a night or two while your kitchen is updated. After all, you deserve it!
If the countertops have recently been replaced and now the cabinets are in need of a change, refacing is a perfect remedy.
Once homeowners have their cabinet refaced, many realize their countertops need a bit of updating, it’s not too late, especially if you are choosing a solid surface countertop. Simply pop off the old and install the new.
Keep in mind that there are many benefits to updating your kitchen. It may increase the value of your home, you may start to entertain more to show off your beautiful kitchen and you might even save money by eating at home more often.