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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet Refacing For the True Cook

by Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Cabinet refacing takes on a new dimension for those who love to cook. Once you start to revamp your kitchen design, you’ll see plenty of ways to upgrade your functional work area. Here’s a look at all the options.

Think Function with Kitchen Cabinets

  • Cabinet surface material that is easy to clean and maintain. Instead of a rich, dark wood that shows every grease stain, look for a laminated cabinet or another material that is easier to wipe clean.
  • Cabinet storage options such as cabinet roll-out drawers, drawer dividers and accessories for storing:
    • Pots and pans
    • Spices
    • Storage containers
    • Canned goods

Splurge on Granite Countertops

If you’re upgrading your countertop during a cabinet refacing, consider the durability and sophisticated look of granite countertops. This natural stone is available in a wide range of colors, from tan and brown to black.  Among the benefits for a cook are:

  • Heat resistance. You can put down a hot coffee pot or serving platter without damaging the countertop.
  • Durability
  • Hard work surface

Kitchen Sink Designs

The kitchen sink and faucet are two important features for the true cook. When buying a sink, consider the industrial strength and look of stainless steel. Or, go with the strong, old fashioned look of cast iron. Also think about whether you want:

  • One, two, or three sink bowls.
  • A built in strainer.
  • A deep kitchen sink for washing large pots.

Don’t Forget the Faucet

The kitchen faucet is a workhorse that washes, rinses, and fills pots. Look for a model that features:

  • An easy to grip spout.
  • A pull out sprayer for rinsing pots and pans.

There are many ways to design a kitchen for a true cook. When planning a cabinet refacing, consider all the elements that go into meal preparation and cleaning. Then look for design options to boost the functionality of your kitchen.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.

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