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Face It: Your Kitchen Cabinets Date your Home

by Kelly Wingard Columnist

Do you feel like you've stepped back in time when you walk into your kitchen? Outdated kitchen cabinets and countertops can make your otherwise lovely home downright unattractive. But, don't give up on the old girl just yet. With a little plastic surgery to extract her Formica countertops and a face-lift to renew her tired, old cabinets, your aging home can be restored to her former glory in no time.

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If you're happy with your kitchen configuration, but you just can't stand your cabinets anymore, consider cabinet refacing. It provides an affordable alternative to a complete kitchen makeover.
Refacing options are available for every budget. You can refresh your cabinets by painting them, installing a new veneer over the old finish, or replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with completely new designs. With attractive new countertops and hardware to accessorize your updated cabinets, your kitchen can be stylishly transformed for a fraction of the cost of a complete kitchen remodeling project.

Refacing Causes Less Kitchen Disruption

You never realize how important your kitchen is to your life until you are forced to live without it during a remodeling project. Although eating out every night initially sounds appetizing, the novelty wears off quickly. Take it from someone who washed dishes in her laundry room sink for three months during what was supposed to be a four week long remodeling job--kitchen makeovers never proceed according to plans! Unexpected delays are the rule rather than the exception.

If your kitchen cabinets are structurally sound, consider refacing them. Refacing takes a lot less time than ripping out the old cabinets and installing new ones from scratch. Refacing can often be accomplished in one or two days, saving you time, money, and possibly your sanity!

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About the Author
Kelly Wingard is a homeowner with 30 years of budget-minded decorating and remodeling experience.

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