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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing or Replacing: What's Right For You?

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Dreaming of brand new kitchen? A kitchen cabinet refacing job is a great way to update your tired kitchen while adding more functional storage space at a big savings. However, a kitchen cabinet refacing project isn't the perfect option for every homeowner.

Here are some guidelines to help you decide if cabinet refacing is the right choice for your kitchen.

Damaged or Just Dated?

Are your existing kitchen cabinets an unattractive color? Are the doors and drawers showing wear, but are otherwise in good repair? If the answer is yes, chances are your kitchen is a good candidate for a cabinet refacing project.  However, if your actual cabinet boxes are damaged, if you have metal cabinetry that has rusted, or if your existing cabinets are of a very poor quality, a complete replacement may be in order. A kitchen cabinet refacing job can transform your kitchen from out-of-date to dynamic, and can address issues such as beat up doors and sticking drawers. However, if the actual cabinet units themselves are broken or falling off the walls, or if your home has settled and your cabinetry is no longer plumb you may need to consider replacement.

Dysfunctional or Disorganized?

Are you starved for storage? Do you dream of having easier access to your pantry items or pull-out drawers for pots and pans?  If so, a cabinet refacing professional can help you maximize your existing cabinet space while giving your kitchen a whole new look. However, if your entire kitchen layout is no longer functional, or if it was poorly designed to begin with, a kitchen cabinet refacing project may not be your best option--it will not address major structural issues. If you merely need one or two more cabinets or if you think your current kitchen floor plan is good, cabinet refacing could be a very affordable alternative for you.

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

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