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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

5 Cabinet Styles for Kitchen Refacing

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Refacing your kitchen cabinets is the perfect opportunity to change or modify the style of your kitchen. Cabinet refacing keeps the current layout of your kitchen, but replaces the cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. To create a tightly unified look in your kitchen, go with cabinet drawer and door front styles that better match your appliances, flooring, and countertops. If you're wondering how to choose cabinets to create a particular kitchen style, read on.

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets to Complement a Kitchen Style

If you're wondering what type of cabinet doors and drawer fronts to get, take a look at this list to get some ideas about what might best match the style of your current kitchen, or the kitchen style you're aiming for.

craftsman style cabinets
1. Craftsman Cabinets:
If you like the look of the Arts and Crafts era, which valued simple lines and fine furniture craftsmanship, go for richly-colored kitchen cabinets with a simple woodwork design, or consider choosing glass-paned cabinet doors to display the dishes behind. These are also a good match for those interested in the simplicity and workmanship of Shaker style furniture. Individual, freestanding cabinets, and wrought-iron hardware can also add to this kitchen style.

modern colorful kitchen cabinets
2. Contemporary Cabinets:
The contemporary kitchen is simple, slick, and chic. For a contemporary kitchen, go for a minimalist look. Don't choose cabinet doors with any extra curves or ornamentation. Choose flush cabinet doors and drawer fronts that create an overall flat look, as well as simple, straight door handles. Metal or enamel can be used, often in silver, white, or bright primary colors.
beadboard kitchen cabinets
3. Country Kitchen:
For a country kitchen look, choose cabinets that are comfortable and casual. Using beadboard as the front of the cabinet door creates a country look, as does leaving certain shelves open to display cooking utensils. Using glaze to give your cabinets a slightly distressed look can amplify the country feeling.
old world style kitchen
4. Old World Kitchen:
The Old World style kitchen is intricate and ornate, yet sturdy. Choose cabinets with fancy molding and designs that look as much like a piece of French or Italian furniture as cabinets. Painting your cabinets with earthy tones and sanding or glazing for a distressed look can add to the Old World style.

romantic kitchen cabinets
5. Romantic Kitchen:
Fancy, feminine, flourishes--these words call to mind what a romantic kitchen is all about. To create this kitchen style, choose cabinet doors and drawer fronts with soft, intricate details carved into them. knobs and pulls are often pewter or silver, and usually ornate. To really capture the romantic look, install cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling and paint them a soft white or cream color. Any floral or swirling ornamental detailing adds to this look.

Once you've decided the style you're interested in, how do you choose a cabinet refacing material? If you're interested in any of the styles above, you will probably want to use a wood veneer. But what kind of wood is right for your kitchen? Here's a rundown of three of the most popular options.
Maple: This light wood is a good choice for contemporary looks, or more traditional styles with raised panels. The color usually ranges from cream to a light, reddish brown. It is extremely dense and tough. Some of the popular manufacturers that offer maple are  Adelphi Kitchens & Cabinetry, Aristokraft Cabinets, Thomasville Cabinetry and Kraftmaid Cabinets.   

Oak: A rich grained wood, with darker tones than maple. It has been losing some of its market share to cherry and maple recently, but is still popular, especially for those interested in a simple, cost effective option. It is often used for furniture. Red and white oak are most popular; red has a more open grain, while white oak has long rays. Both types are very durable. Some of the manufacturers that offer oak are Aristokraft Cabinets, Dura Supreme Cabinetry and Thomasville Cabinetry.
Cherry: A reddish brown wood with a rich, satiny appearance. Usually more expensive than oak or maple. Often used with contemporary style kitchens, and not the best choice for romantic, antique, or country kitchens. Varieties include American cherry and Brazilian cherry. Cherry comes in a wide range of colors, from light yellow to deep brown with reddish tones. It has pine knots and gum vein and has excellent shock resistance. some manufacturers offering cherry include Aristokraft Cabinets, Kraftmaid Cabinets and Thomasville Cabinetry.

Refacing your kitchen cabinets takes preparation and planning. Having an idea of the style and material you're interested in before embarking on a refacing project helps a lot. If you're ready to get bids from local refacing contractors, just fill out the form on this page.


About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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