Updating your kitchen is fun and exciting! By refacing your cabinets, you can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen without going into debt.
Consider the following. By refacing cabinets:
- You get a “new,” just-moved-into look.
- In kitchens and bathrooms you can
introduce an entirely new style to suit your
- You can add amenities to your cabinets and counters.
- You can make certain areas more functional and/or accessible.
- And, you can replace dated, worn hardware.
Change Has A Price Tag
“Many of our customers begin the process with the notion of tearing out and replacing their kitchen,” says Jack Bradley, Owner of Cabinet Masters. “We have found with our customers, as we review the original reasons for remodeling, there are often alternatives that can save money and time. For example, many clients like the floor plan they have in their kitchens or they do not want to replace their countertop, but their cabinets have aged or the style is out-of-date. In those situations, refacing cabinets can create a whole new look for a fraction of the cost.”
Reface NOT Replace
Refacing requires keeping the cabinets you have, replacing the doors, and/or adding veneers to the existing face frames and cabinet ends. With this process, you will select new primary components. From door styles to stain color, from the type of wood used to hardware options – by changing out these elements in your kitchen – in part of in whole – will give you a very updated, current look without a large price tag.
Ideas for custom pieces
In addition, when you reface your cabinets you also have the option to create a custom look and feel in your home. For example, you can:
- Replace drawers including using soft close drawers
- Add upgrades such as tilt-out sink trays, lazy susans, and rollouts.
- Think about adding an island
- A desk area gives you a place to do bills or a place to do homework
- Adding a valance, crown molding, or a light rail takes your kitchen to a whole new level
- A bar area offers versatility
- Custom cubbies and benches provide additional storage and seating
- And entertainment centers and bookshelves can be used to create a special ambiance.
Refacing = Less Mess
Unlike ripping out all of your cabinets that can make your kitchen unusable for weeks on end, refacing cabinetry entails the removal of cabinet doors and drawer faces to have them re-painted or re-stained with the entire process lasting less than a week. Sometimes it is a good idea to update more than just your cabinets. Many homeowners will replace countertops at the same time that they are refacing cabinets. They will also change out cabinet and drawer knobs, paint kitchen walls, and may even have glass fronts installed in some cabinetry.
Whatever you decide to do, refacing cabinets is a very cost-effective, easy way to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.