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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet Refacing: Update Your Kitchen Instead of Overhauling It

by Kirk Bangstad
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Designers and contractors don't want you to believe it, but some homeowners get their kitchens right the first time. If you like the layout of your kitchen, but think it is starting to show some wear and tear, don't spend thousands remodeling it. Instead, spruce it up with a kitchen cabinet refacing project. Three areas tend to show the most wear and tear in a kitchen--floors, countertops, and cabinets. If the dinginess of your cabinets is your main concern, there's a way to make them look new again without having to buy an entire new set that could cost a fortune. This process is called kitchen cabinet refacing.

Kitchen cabinet refacing is a process where a thin wooden or laminate veneer is affixed over the surfaces of worn out kitchen cabinets. After the surfaces are covered, new cabinet fixtures and hardware can be added to match the prevailing style. Cabinet refacing can give your kitchen a revitalized look, and generally costs about 60% less than buying new cabinets altogether.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: Cheap in Cost, Not in Appearance

Many of those that are new to the cabinet refacing process worry that adding a thin veneer to the surface of a cabinet may make it look cheap. This really isn't a problem, because veneers can be made out of any number of classic wood styles such as maple, cherry, or oak. Once these popular woods are laid over the top of your old cabinets, no one will be able to tell they are merely veneers. From the surface, an oak veneer looks exactly like a new oak cabinet.

If you have a kitchen that suits you and your family but needs to be updated, look into kitchen cabinet refacing. Cabinet refacing will allow you to achieve your aesthetic goals without breaking your bank.


About the Author
Kirk Bangstad is an artist manager and singer working in Chicago, IL. His previous experience includes consulting for technology companies in the Silicon Valley and serving as a field director and publicist for a statewide political campaign. Kirk holds a B.A. in government from Harvard University.

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