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Cabinet Refacing: What are Your Options?

by Dawn West
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

For budget-friendly kitchen remodeling, cabinet refacing is hard to beat. You can have a kitchen that looks and feels like new for a fraction of the cost of full cabinet replacement. Still, cabinet refacing is just the first of many choices. Get the scoop on all your options.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors: The Major Styles

Your choices for your kitchen cabinet doors are almost identical whether for cabinet refacing or replacement. Kitchen cabinet doors come in three primary styles: slab, recessed panel, or raised panel. Slab kitchen cabinet doors are smooth from top to bottom, lending elegance to your kitchen. Traditional raised- or recessed-panel kitchen cabinet doors create visual interest and depth. Finally, glass doors are always a hot item. These kitchen cabinet doors range from modern to retro, depending on the structure and glass..

Finishing Options for Cabinet Refacing

Your kitchen cabinet refacing options extend far beyond basic style. You'll also have to consider material and finish. Wood is the most tradition kitchen cabinet refacing material, but it's also the most expensive and the least durable. Plastic laminate is more durable and less expensive, and can look virtually identical to wood. Rigid thermofoils (RTF) take the cake, however. These are the most durable, affordable option of all. They're also malleable, so you can do more with them.

Just as kitchen cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, so do kitchen cabinet refacing materials. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy a dramatic change without busting your budget.

About the Author
Dawn West teaches writing at Oregon State University. Her previous experience includes working for the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, a not-for-profit in New York City, and serving as the director for an educational program for at-risk youth in Boston. Dawn holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University.

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