Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Get cabinets and drawers organized as you refaceby Susanne Clemenz
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Sure, selecting new styles and finishes makes refacing cabinets and drawers exciting. While you're at it, explore exciting new storage capabilities as well. While kitchen cabinets are part of your home's decor, first and foremost their job is to store food-related items. And wow, do you have choices for kitchen organizers!
Three-shelf upper cabinets? No!
Standard under-countertop kitchen design used to include cabinets and drawers, often with small drawers above tall cabinets. In truth, lower cabinets are a pain to anyone except contortionists. They are dark; they require stooping and often lifting heavy piles of bowls or pots; and they utilize space poorly.
Check out suspension-mounted pull-out rack systems adaptable to every use--utensil and spice drawer organizers, of course, but also units for pots and lids, mixing bowls and small appliances, trash and trash compactors, trays and baking pans, pull-out pantries, and Lazy Susan corner units. How about a swing-up rack that brings your heavy mixer or food processor right up to countertop level? Brands like Rev-A-Shelf and Shelves That Slide offer these systems, which are a boon for the physically-challenged.
Here are two approaches to your kitchen upgrade:
Prices for organizers range from under $20 for stemware racks to over $700 for a 57-inch-tall-by-30-inch-wide complex pantry unit. Whether you set an organizer budget of $300 or $2,500, your newly refaced kitchen should provide much more than another pretty face.
About the Author
Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and remodeled two others. She worked with architects and contractors on floorplans, electrical, painting, windows, flooring installations, flood prevention walls and stonework, major drainage issues, an irrigation system and landscaping.