Struggling with dingy or outdated cabinets? Cabinet refacing will revamp your space at a fraction of the cost of total replacement. Start would be the kitchen-it is the heart of the home where guests and family often congregate.
By Miriam Kasdan
December 31, 1969
Cabinet refacing can make any room more inviting. For example, replacing dark wood cabinets with lighter wood ones will make the room seem larger and brighter. You should also replace and update cabinet hinges and knobs-it's amazing what a difference seemingly details can make.
Cabinets: Reface or Replace?
Cabinet refacing is perfect if your current layout works for you, or if you want to swap cabinet materials. Cabinet refacing simply won't be enough if they are in dire need of repair, or if you are planning to install a new appliance that will change the configuration of both the room and cabinets.
DIY vs. Professional Cabinet Refacing
While true do-it-yourselfers can certainly take cabinet refacing into their own hands, the rest of us will benefit from a professional touch. Check your local newspaper or online directories. Some contractors may offer sales around certain holidays, and can add new countertops or build extra cabinets while they're at it. If you decided to go it alone, however, look for a simple, step-by-step cabinet refacing guide.
How the Pros Do It
Cabinet refacers begin by taking careful measurements of the height and width of the door openings, the face frames, and door fronts. Be sure to clean cabinets with a degreaser, and use denatured alcohol to wipe down the surfaces. When cabinets are refaced, the rails, stiles, and doors
are covered with new material. The drawers may be either replaced or recovered, depending on their condition and the wishes and needs of the homeowner.
About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
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