Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

All Cabinet Refacing Products Are Not Created Equal

by Kelly Richardson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

As is with most projects, using better materials typically equals a better quality finish. This holds especially true in the kitchen, where you'll be looking at your work for years to come. In that spirit, here are some of the major cabinet refacing products and what you should look for when shopping.

  • Cabinet Doors. Laminate doors are more affordable and typically more popular. If you're looking for something special, check out raised panel wood or Rigid Thermo Foil (RTF). "Frame only" doors allow you to customize your look with glass or carved wood inserts.
  • Drawer Fronts. Solid slab and laminate drawer fronts offer a clean, even style that never goes out of style. Other cabinet refacing products that spice things up a bit include mitered and raised wood paneling. Follow the lead of your cabinet doors, or mix and match for a contemporary look.
  • Hinges. When it comes to hinged hardware, fully concealed is the way to go. This design forces the cabinet door to press and conceal the hinge, protecting it from wear and tear. For a wider range of motion, the Lazy Susan hinge opens to a full 165 degrees!
  • Veneer and Panels. Self adhesive wood, foil, and raw foil save time and money. Oak, cherry, maple, and hickory are some of the more popular refacing products on the market.
  • Moulding and Valances. Rigid wood and Thermo Foil moulding and valances add the finishing touch to your cabinet refacing project. Matching styles add a rich edging to the cabinets and a touch of class to the entire room.

Your local home and garden center experts can offer guidance on selections and pricing to meet your particular needs.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson covers the home improvement scene in between his seasonal projects. His articles appear wherever intelligent interior design is valued.

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