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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Chances are that your kitchen cabinets are solid. They may be a little dated though. Possibly a dark color, with old, outdated hinges and hardware? If you have the itch to update your kitchen cabinets, think about refacing them instead of tearing them out and replacing with new cabinets. You will save a substantial amount of money and achieve the same results. As long as the structural integrity of the kitchen cabinets is intact, refacing your kitchen cabinets is a great way to get huge results on a limited budget.

Do it yourself or hire a professional?

This depends on how capable you are with basic tools and handiwork. It also depends on how far you want to take the renovation. Are you looking to re-paint the kitchen cabinets or add new hardware? Maybe you need to glue a new veneer to the surface or completely ditch the kitchen cabinet doors and get new cabinet doors to mount on your cabinet. You should think about the refacing project in terms of what needs to be done to achieve the look you are going for and also how much of a budget do you have to work with. Does it make sense to tackle the project yourself? There are defintely certain things that the average homeowner can do, for example a fresh coat of paint or intalling new cabinet drawer pulls.

Hiring a professional handyman or remodeling contractor will ensure that the refacing or remodeling work is completed properly. Weigh the costs of hiring a contractor or paying for an all inclusive kitchen cabinet remodel job versus the reality of doing it yourself. Depending on your skill set, and the actual time you have to commit to a kitchen cabinet refacing job, hiring a contractor may be a great way to go.

Replace or Reface?
Often, cabinets built 20 or 30 years are more solidly constructed than modular or prebuilt kitchen cabinets you find today. If your cabinets are solidly put together, it makes sense to keep them and use them as a foundation for a cabinet refacing job. In the end you will save a large amount of money and get stellar results.

Replace?
Sometimes, kitchen cabinet refacing won't be the right option for your home. If your kitchen cabinets are cracked, warped or old rusty metal it might be worth taking them out. Also other important considerations include the layout of the kitchen itself. If your kitchen was designed in a way that makes it cramped or not very practical, then refacing your cabinet won't really do much to solve your problem. If the floor has settled in such a way that the cabinets aren't lined up properly anymore, you should address the stuctural issues first.

What is refacing?
Typically, kitchen cabinet refacing involves the installation of new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. In addition to this, the exposed face frames of the cabinets are covered with a matching veneer. Finally, you have the option of installing new hinges, handles and knobs to really customize your kitchen.