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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Avoid Cabinet Refacing Mistakes

by Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Many people decide on cabinet refacing because it is an inexpensive way to rejuvenate the kitchen. As you prepare for such a project, be wary of these common mistakes that can throw a project off course.

Doing Your Own Cabinet Refacing

While cabinet refacing is a quick and easy remodeling project, it is not designed for inexperienced home owners. If you are tempted to try cabinet refacing yourself ask yourself whether you have:
  • The carpentry skills.
  • The tools.
  • The workspace for assembling and installing materials.
  • The time and patience.

DIY Cabinet Refacing Clean Up

Cabinet refacing could quickly turn into a remodeling problem if you start the project and realize you do not have the necessary skills. You'll spend extra money hiring someone to come in and "rescue" you from your own mistakes. Unless you have the appropriate remodeling skills, look for an experienced professional.

Kitchen Cabinet Mistakes

During a cabinet refacing, you'll be asked to select the type of materials for your cabinet doors and drawers; the style of doors and any stain, molding or decorative finishes. Avoid rushing through these decisions, as this can lead to buyers' remorse and possibly higher costs later. It may cost more to have decorative kitchen cabinet molding added after the fact, for example.

Kitchen Cabinet Extras

Many cabinet refacing companies also install countertops, sinks, faucets, replacement windows and other products. If you are planning to replace materials later, get an estimate on having the work done all at once. It may save you money - and can definitely save on the disruption that occurs with remodeling.

Cabinet refacing provides many benefits, but it should be planned carefully. This way you can avoid some common mistakes and remodeling woes.

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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