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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Do-it-yourself Tuscany Kitchen Cabinets

by Gabby Hyman
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

You don't need to do a complete kitchen overhaul to have the Tuscany look and charm. A great place to start is with your kitchen cabinets. By removing or painting the doors, applying decorative detail work, installing Tuscan or old-world hardware and faux painted panels, you'll lend an exciting Italian charm without breaking the bank.

First, start with the cabinet doors. Many Tuscan kitchen themes work great without them. Remove the doors, putty up the holes from the latches, and let everyone see your Tuscan clay pots, painted china, or woodwork.  Of course, you'll need to paint the remaining sections of cabinetry.

Faux Painting and Tuscan Kitchen Hardware

Even without the doors, think of completing your cabinets and drawers with a faux paint scheme. Complete the Tuscan look by adding new reproduction or restored original pewter, brass, or antique-copper hardware pulls, drop handles, knobs, and latches.

Keeping the kitchen cabinet doors? Why not consider faux painting the doors and counter fronts to match your Tuscan scheme? You can achieve an aged effect with the new line of Tuscan reds and greens, or tinted "faux" latex or oil color glazes available at most home improvement stores.

Another great way to add a little bit of Tuscany to your cabinet doors is to glue on ornamental, decorative detail work. Many people make their own corners and cabinet accent pieces from of baked flour and varnish, modeled on designs readily available at hardware and home improvement stores or at online Italian design sites. You can apply the pieces with a hot-glue gun.

Hardware can be costly. Shop around. Prices for knobs and pulls at online home improvement stores and restoration hardware sites can range from $5.95 up to more than $50 per piece.

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has written for print and online media for more than 20 years. He has created online content for eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Avaya, and Nissan UK. He has also been a web consultant to the Governor of California. As an author of fiction, journalism, and poetry, Gabby is a former English professor for the University of Illinois, University of Alaska, and Old Dominion University. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Alabama.

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