Kitchen Cabinet Refacing - New Look Without the Cost?by Nahid Hasan Freeluncer
Re-finishing may provide the lowest cost way to "freshen up", but a cabinet refacing delivers the style and look of a new kitchen, with far less cost or disruption to family life! If your aim is to re-style and redecorates your kitchen, refacing could be the best way to achieve the results you want while cutting a considerable amount of the cost.
Increase Your Home's Resale Value?
Homeowners everywhere love to remodel and update the look of their home. However, the challenge for many of us in the current economic climate is to find ways to save money without sacrificing the high impact reaction you'd get to a new kitchen. Since full kitchen remodeling is potentially a huge expense, taking the kitchen refacing approach will not only update the look of your home but at the same time increase its resale value.
Save by DIY?
If you can bring your kitchen remodeling project within the scope of a do-it-yourself project, you can reduce your costs still further. That means you can have more money available for other things such as new appliances, upgraded flooring, and even walls decoration such as an attractive backsplash.
Could refacing your kitchen cabinets be a DIY project for you?
For someone with basic DIY skills, this should be within your capability and do-able within a few days. Let's have a look at what's involved...
"Refacing" just means giving your existing cabinets new "skins". The materials to use could be white thermofoil, colored, patterned, or natural-look laminates, or even solid wood veneers up to 3/16 inch thick. These "skins" are cut to size and then glued to your doors, drawer fronts, and panels. Working with self-stick veneers is a great way to make your project even easier.
Then you finish off by adding new cabinet hardware - knobs, handles, pulls - in line with the new style you want to create, and re-hanging the doors. It's also a good time to replace those drawer runners and door hinges which have become too worn.
Refacing your kitchen cabinets provides a long-lasting face-lift, and if you've carried your style consistently through your remodeling project should attractively complement your new countertops.
Finally, a Few Tips - From the School of Experience
1. Remember the rule - "measure twice, cut once". This is where most mistakes are made and can make for a frustrating project.
2. Read the instructions carefully. Following simple directions and illustrations will make for a successful project. How you reface your cabinets will depend on the type of cabinets you have, but general directions will be fairly similar.
3. Clean and prep your work area. This will enable you to complete your project more efficiently.
Once your kitchen cabinet refacing project is done, and you can stand back and survey your work, you will not only be pleased with the transformation of style but with how much money you saved as well!
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