When Cabinet Resurfacing is the Right Choice
So how do you know whether it makes sense to reface kitchen cabinets or resurface them? If you're basically happy with the style of your kitchen cabinets but think they're kind of dingy, then you may want to refinish them. But if you feel they're outdated and need a more modern update, then refacing may be the way to go.
Brighten Your Space
Kitchen cabinet refacing creates a completely different look and can brighten up an old kitchen if old wood cabinet doors and drawers are replaced with a lighter color. Kitchen cabinets also can be covered with plastic laminate or wood veneer. Framework is also updated to match, and hinges and hardware are replaced. Keep in mind that the entire cabinet door doesn't have to be replaced to get a fresh look. Inset pieces can be replaced with clear or stained glass, or moldings can be added for a new look. Cabinet refacing can generally be completed by a professional in a few days.
A Labor Intensive Process
Kitchen cabinet resurfacing may involve refinishing with stains or painting. If you refinish kitchen cabinets you may be looking at a time consuming process that may cost almost as much as cabinet refacing. To refinish kitchen cabinets the old finish must be cleaned, stripped, and sanded before new stain can be applied. You're also stuck with the same style of cabinets. Painting kitchen cabinets is the least expensive option and you can probably do-it-yourself. If you paint kitchen cabinets you have the option of using decorative finishes such as ragging, stippling, sponging and stencils.
Before beginning any kitchen cabinet refacing or resurfacing project, make sure your cabinets are structurally sound and will last several more years to get the most bang for your buck. Then let your creativity guide you in making the most of your kitchen cabinet makeover.
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About the Author
Francine L. Huff is a freelance journalist, the author of The 25-Day Financial Makeover: A Practical Guide for Women, and has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows.
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