Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Professionally remodeling cabinets with DIY charm

by Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Your cabinet doors are in desperate need of a face lift, and you're bristling with crafty ideas of what you'd do to them if only remodeling cabinets wasn't beyond your DIY skill set. You've thought about getting them replaced, but you don't want the same boring, cookie-cutter cabinets everyone else has, and hiring a master woodworker to design and build custom cabinets needs to wait until you win the lottery. So what to do?

At first glance, it might seem like there's not a lot you can do. You definitely don't want to damage your cabinets beyond repair with your DIY ineptitude.

Remodeling cabinets and gettin' crafty with it

Consider that you can work with a contractor to make your cabinets function perfectly and look as unique and crafty-chic as you've imagined they could be. The following ideas are easy, fun and pretty quick if you choose the right materials, but be sure you talk to your contractor first about your plans. Remember; this is teamwork, so communication is important.

  1. Custom, crafty hardware. Crafty types like yourself usually have bunches of quirky stuff stashed around the house just waiting for a creative project. Some of those odds and ends can be turned into cabinet hardware. One woman repurposed used paint brushes to make great door pulls for cabinets. You're limited only by imagination: sticks or wooden spoons (you may want to stain or seal them first); even smooth rocks you've collected over the years make wonderful drawer pulls with a little industrial-strength glue to mount them onto your old hardware.
  2. Pretty panels. Many cabinets have an inset panel in the door. Have the contractor pop it out of yours (or cut one) and give you the dimensions. Everything from metal radiator screens, sealed paintings or collages, old metal signs, chalkboards -- even your own stained glass -- are colorful ways to replace a plain panel.
  3. Inner beauty. Add some functional beauty to the inside of deeper cabinet doors with thin, built-in storage bins; a calendar mount with pen holder; a mirror; a whiteboard for notes or hooks for hanging utensils. Make sure to allow room for opening and closing the cabinet.

An experienced, bonded, licensed and insured* contractor like the ones in our network should be more than happy to work with you to flesh out those crafty impulses, so go crazy and make that kitchen yours.

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