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Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
 

New kitchen cabinets the environmentally-friendly way: refacing made easy

by Jim Sloan
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Instead of ripping out your old kitchen cabinets, you can replace or refinish the doors and drawer faces, saving both money and natural resources. You can paint, refinish or add a veneer over the existing cabinet face. Your first step will be to do some homework.

Browse new kitchen cabinets

Manufacturers such as Kraftmaid, Thomasville, Merilatt, American Woodmark and Wellborn have online planning guides to help you decide on the look you want for your new kitchen. HomeDepot also has online design books that display the wide variety of door styles, woods and finishes. The price of cabinet doors varies by the type of wood. In some cases, you can even recycle old hinges and knobs.

A couple of trends to consider when redesigning your kitchen:

  • White cabinetry is making a comeback. Some designers are juxtaposing white cabinets with dark wood kitchen islands, adding a dramatic flare to kitchens.

  • Glass cabinet doors allow you to display china, glasses and other designer dishware. They also make a kitchen look larger by reflecting natural sunlight.

New kitchen cabinets: pulling together your kitchen's new look

When deciding how to reface your kitchen cabinets, keep in mind the design style you want, the best materials to achieve that style and your overall color scheme. Whether you want a rustic, modern, farmhouse, French or traditional kitchen, when you reface kitchen cabinets, a new kitchen unfolds before your eyes.



About the Author
Jim Sloan is a freelance writer in Reno, Nev.




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