Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Updated looks for your old cupboard doors

by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Are you thinking about selling your house? If you are, a realtor might have already told you that the kitchen can be the shining star of your entire home. Potential homebuyers can immediately see themselves working away in your kitchen, and if they like what they see, they are more likely to consider your home a good investment.

If you're not sure where to start, these quick kitchen remodel tips can help.

Tips for a kitchen cabinet remodel

For several years, a bright honey oak finish was all the rage in kitchens. However, those bright and cheery finishes tend to disappear during the modern kitchen remodel. Since white cabinets are becoming much more popular among potential home buyers, honey oak is often covered over with white paint.

Speaking of paint, painting cupboard doors is also a popular trend among homeowners, especially those with a country style, cottage style or even Old World traditional kitchen. Paint allows for an endless array of possibilities for your kitchen look, can be changed on a whim and remains rather inexpensive even for top-of-the-line paints.

Painted cabinets that have been allowed to age gracefully will start to show distressed areas near the hardware, bottoms and sides. That casual look can be earned much sooner with careful use of sandpaper to wear away at the paint at the corners.

The most common trend in kitchens today is dark wood finishes. This goes well with stainless steel appliances and other modern elements, but it also serves as a surprising backdrop for more traditional appliances and features, such as a ceramic apron sink or a punched tin backsplash.

Boost resale value but keep costs down

While it might be tempting to go completely casual and opt for open shelves, keep in mind that potential homebuyers tend to look for traditional cabinet styles that they can tweak and change to suit their own tastes. If you are planning to live with your kitchen for a long time, open shelves might be a great idea. But if you have an eye toward resale, stick to a more traditional option.

No matter the options you choose, kitchen cabinet refacing is a good way to keep the costs down while designing the kitchen you really want to live and work in. Replacing the cabinet door fronts can give you the look you crave at a fraction of the cost--and if the cabinet boxes are in good shape, potential homebuyers will never realize you didn't spend a fortune.


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