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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen custom cabinet refacing by a pro

by Greg Keefer
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Custom cabinets are a beautiful addition to any home. But, like any other cabinet, kitchen custom built cabinets get dinged, smudged, and banged around over time. Eventually you'll need to reface even the best of cabinets.

Kitchen custom cabinet refacing best left to the pros

Here's what you need to know about having a professional do the job:

  • Kitchen custom cabinet refacing. Custom built cabinets are expensive. The same principles of cabinet refacing and how-to information apply to custom cabinets and inexpensive counterparts alike, but with custom work there is more value on the line. Hire a professional to do the work if you're in doubt about your skill level and want to ensure the best results. If you choose to do the job yourself, research appropriate sources and choose the best stain remover, sandpaper, and subsequent stain for the species of wood in your cabinetry.
  • Find the right professional for the job. Cabinet makers are scarce and finding one is often tough. Check local Internet yellow page listings, the phone book, and local home improvement stores for contact information. High end home builders may hire cabinet makers on a regular basis and be willing to recommend ones they like.
  • Get the price in writing. Agreeing on the details of when the project will be completed, how much it will cost, and what will be accomplished should be committed to paper. A written estimate of what the job will entail and how much it will cost keeps both the custom cabinet professional and the homeowner on the same page. Any reputable cabinet maker will put the project in writing.
  • Project costs. Custom cabinet refacing projects are priced across the board. Some professionals charge by the hour and prices in most areas range from a ballpark figure of $15 an hour to upwards of $35 to $40.

Hiring a professional cabinet maker to reface your kitchen custom cabinets is the best way to maintain the beauty and value of your cabinetry.





About the Author
Greg Keefer is a do-it-yourselfer with lots of experience in how to do things right and how to do them wrong. He enjoys sharing his experience with the hope of

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