Remodeling your kitchen can be very costly and time-consuming. That’s why many people choose to reface instead of replacing their cabinets.
- Refacing your cabinets is a simple, hassle-free alternative for updating your kitchen.
- The result is a bright, affordable custom-looking kitchen complete in 4 to 6 days.
- Brand new custom cabinetry can be very costly and time-consuming.
- Refacing your cabinets keeps your existing structures, which are often perfectly sound.
- There is a large variety of cabinet door styles, hinges, handles, drawers/drawer fronts and exterior finishes from which to choose.
The choices are simple when it comes to doors: replace them completely, refinish your existing doors or do a combination of both.
Replacing your doors is quite self-explanatory; unless you have strangely designed custom-built doors, door sizes are standard and replacements will be easy to find at most good home renovation stores.
Though not always recommended, a good paint job on your kitchen cabinets could provide the change you’re looking for. This is by far the most inexpensive way to brighten a boring kitchen. However, it is time consuming, and if your doors are of a good quality wood it could be a shame to cover the natural beauty of their grains.
If your kitchen cabinet doors are flat paneled, another option would be to add a veneer. Thin slices of wood, generally 1/8 inch thick, veneer layers can be glued over the surface of your existing finish to give your cabinet doors a brand new look and a change of style. Veneering your doors is an inexpensive way to add the visual effect of expensive wood to your cabinets.
Another option for adding a new look to your kitchen is by replacing a few high profile doors with glass panel doors. The glass will add a touch of modern aesthetics to your kitchen and is an easy way of displaying your fine dishes.
Hinges And Handles After Cabinet Refacing
Once you have decided on color and finish, you will have in your kitchen it will be easy to accessorize your cabinet doors. Think of your kitchen cabinet hardware as not only utilitarian but as the jewelry of your kitchen. You probably wouldn’t consider costume jewelry if you are dressed in haute couture, therefore you shouldn’t cheapen the look of your new doors with boring plastic knobs and flimsy hinges.
Good looking, well-made hinges and handles can be purchased both online and in brick and mortar shops, in an endless array of styles and finishes. Prices also vary so it is a good idea to shop around.
A good trick when trying to decide on the type of hardware to install in your kitchen is to bring a sample of the color (if you have painted your cabinets) or the veneer finish to your local home renovation center and hold it against some of the products. This “sneak peak” will get you as close to the full effect of how it will look in your kitchen as possible, and you’ll also get a boost of confidence toward achieving your goal.
Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Design
Creating A Functional, Fine-looking Space
Kitchens are the focal point of any home, therefore it’s important to design a space that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also serves your family’s needs.
Good planning is vital in this room. Once the cabinets and plumbing have been installed, it is an enormous task to continue with the rest of the design – thorough planning is vital.
Start planning your kitchen by asking yourself some important questions:
- What will you use the kitchen for? Not everyone spends all day in their kitchen preparing five-course meals. Think long and hard about what functions are important to you and what appliances you plan to install. If all you need is space for a microwave and your stack of take-out menus, then plan accordingly. Likewise if you have a large family and you use your kitchen several times a day, you’ll need to create something more elaborate.
- How much space do you have to work with? Many people would love to have a grand kitchen with room to fit in a banquet table, but practicality and space constraints dictate that it is not often the case. Perhaps your space is smaller than you imagined and you will have to come up with ways to work around the limited surface area. This is not necessarily a bad thing – limited space can lead to some very creative designs and unique ideas.
- Will your kitchen double as a workspace or homework room? If so, include it in your floor plan. Design a separate workspace that can be closed off by doors or a room divider in order to conceal this area while dining.
- Do you plan on installing a dishwasher, a deep freezer or a wine chiller? If so you must plan it into the design and factor in the missing countertop space that will result.
- Will you be installing an island, a telephone seat or a breakfast nook? These too must be put into the plan and designed accordingly.
- Do you have pets? Will you need a space for them in the kitchen?
- Will you be eating in the kitchen or using a separate dining room? If you plan on using a big table then space must be allotted. Otherwise, a popular trend is to incorporate bar seating around kitchen islands or end cupboards.
- Will your kitchen double as a laundry room? If so a space must be reserved for the washer and dryer.
- Will there be a bathroom off the kitchen? Where will it be located? How will your kitchen be incorporated into your house in relation to the other rooms?Is your house an open air concept or will the kitchen be completely closed off from other rooms? Will there be a patio door that will open off onto a deck? These issues must all be considered in planning.