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Cabinet Refacing: Finishes that Make a Difference

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Want to give your dated kitchen a whole new look without spending an arm and a leg? Refacing your existing cabinetry could be the answer. Whether you're looking for a finish that is budget-friendly, colorful, or long-lasting, you'll have an amazing number of kitchen cabinet finishes to choose from when you reface your cabinets.



Here's a review of three of the most popular refacing cabinet finishes: wood, plastic laminate, and rigid thermofoils.  

Cabinet Finishes: Wood

It's hard to argue with the beauty of natural wood. While wood cabinet doors are  expensive (they can run as much as 25 percent more than either rigid thermofoil or laminate finishes), you can choose from a number of styles and designs from natural oak to painted pine.  

Refacing with Plastic Laminate

Looking for an affordable kitchen cabinet finish with a proven track record of durability? A plastic laminate cabinet finish could be the answer. Less expensive than wood, but costing slightly more than rigid thermofoils, plastic laminate cabinet finishes come in a wide variety of colors. However, because they cannot be molded or shaped, they are available only in a limited number of styles. Plastic laminates are a good choice if your kitchen design calls for a simple but colorful cabinet finish.

RTF: Rigid Thermofoils

Offering an easy to clean, durable, wood-like finishes, rigid thermofoils (RTF) are a popular cabinet choice with many homeowners. Unlike laminates, RTF can be shaped into a variety of styles including raised panel, cathedral, and arched doors. What's more, because RTF is the least expensive of all kitchen cabinet finishes, it's a budget-friendly choice.

With so many kitchen cabinet finishes to choose from, it's easy to find a look you'll love with a price tag you can live with.

About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nevada.




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