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Choose Solid Wood Kitchen Doors for Cabinet Refacing

by Roger Diez
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

When refacing cabinets in your kitchen, you have the option to replace the cabinet doors. This is the preferred option if your cabinet doors are damaged or if you want a completely different design that cannot be achieved by adding molding. When you have elected to replace the doors, you are faced with still more choices. If you want the look of natural wood, the best option is solid wood kitchen doors. Although veneer or laminate may look nearly as good and cost less, solid wood kitchen doors have certain advantages.

Why Choose Solid Wood Kitchen Doors?

If you are going to remain in your home for a long period of time, you may go through a number of remodels. Solid wood kitchen doors can be refinished multiple times, while veneer or laminate must be replaced if they become damaged or outdated. Thus, solid wood doors can be more economical in the long run. Because of their construction, solid wood doors have a bit more variation in grain pattern and may show natural flaws that give them a warmer, more organic look. Solid wood kitchen doors also have more charming and sturdy feel, particularly when compared with laminate.

Plain, unfinished solid wood kitchen doors start at under $20 for a slab or plain design, while more elaborate designs can run $75 or more per door. Finished doors are more expensive, and can cost over $100 each. If you are not purchasing your solid wood kitchen doors locally, remember to figure in shipping costs.

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