Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Putting on a New Face: A Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Finishes

by Ellen Foster
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

You hear your friends talking about their remodeling woes - trouble in the bathroom, chaos in the kitchen - and you're thankful you're not wading knee-deep in what used to be a functional home. Still. you want to do something to update your kitchen and give it a little more zip. Why not start with your cabinets? They practically cover more surface area than the exposed walls. The problem isn't typically their layout or construction (the wood is solid and holding), it's the old finish. Keep reading to sort through your kitchen cabinet refacing options.

Plastic Laminates: In Living Color

Plastic Laminates are popular for cabinet refacing because they come in such a wide variety of colors. Laminates look like wood-grain, but are less expensive than wood veneer.

Rigid Thermofoils (RTF): For More Intricate Cabinet Styles

Though it might sound like a contradiction in terms, the malleability of rigid thermofoils can be a great asset in cabinet refacing. While laminates work well for simple cabinet door styles, RTF can be molded to fit raised panels and cathedral doors. They also tend to be a bit less expensive than plastic laminates.

Wood Veneer Looks Rich and Timeless:

Nothing looks more like wood than, well, wood. Although wood veneer may be more expensive than laminates or rigid thermofoils, its beauty is unparalleled. Some of the most popular veneers include maple, oak, walnut, cherry, and birch, but if you've got your heart set on clear cedar or knotty pine, you can find those, too.

You're lucky if you can spice up your kitchen without a major remodel, and with the many affordable finishes for your cabinet refacing, you'll have fun finding that perfect new look.


About the Author
Ellen Foster is a freelance writer and teacher. Currently, she is braving Mid-Atlantic humidity while teaching English as a Second Language to international students.

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