Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet Refacing Adds Upscale Wood Optionsby Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
If you love the modern look of maple cabinets, but think they are out of reach financially, think again. With cabinet refacing, it's easy to add an upscale wood cabinet front at a fraction of the cost of new kitchen cabinets.
Many homeowners mistakenly think that buying new kitchen cabinets is the answer to an outdated kitchen. In many cases, cabinet refacing can give you the look and functionality you need - without tearing apart the kitchen.
Kitchen Cabinet WoodsIf your laminate cabinets are worn thin, consider switching to wood door and drawer fronts. Through cabinet refacing, a remodeling contractor will remove those cabinet sections and replace them with a new wood species and/or style. Among the popular options are:
Consider Kitchen Cabinet Wood TonesWhen selecting a cabinet door and drawer front, think about the wood tone you want. If you like lots of grain in your kitchen cabinets, then oak is a good bet. If you prefer a lighter wood, then maple might be the answer.
Maple sometimes has dark imperfections running through the wood, however. Some homeowners like the character this brings to kitchen cabinets, while others prefer the coloration found with oak. Consult with a cabinet refacing company or your remodeling contractor for details.
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.