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Kitchen Renovation Cost Saver: Cabinet Refacing

by Dawn West
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Kitchen renovation is exciting, but mounting kitchen renovation costs aren't. One of the simplest ways to keep your kitchen renovation budget in order without sacrificing appearance or functionality is simply refacing your cabinets. Here's how to decide whether you need to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets.

Are Your Cabinets Outdated?

You may have loved the way your country-chic cabinets looked when you put them in back in 1986, but face it - they're a bit of an eyesore now. If this is you, your kitchen renovation will require cabinet overhaul, and that means cabinet replacement.

Do Your Kitchen Renovation Needs Go Far Beyond Cabinets?

If you're planning spruce up more than your cabinets during your kitchen renovation project, the money you save when you reface rather than replace them help you spring for the bamboo floor you've always wanted.

How Does 50% Off Sound To You?

Fifty percent is your estimated savings when you reface your cabinets rather than replace them. It turns out renovation doesn't have to break the bank.

How's Your Kitchen Storage?

If one of the goals of your renovation is to up your kitchen storage space, that doesn't mean you have to nix cabinet refacing. Many cabinet refacers add extra internal shelves, helping you maximize the space you already have. And even if you do reconfigure your cabinets to make room for more, refacing your old to match the new will still save a bundle.

Kitchen renovation can be expensive, but smart moves, like cabinet refacing, help.


About the Author
Dawn West teaches writing at Oregon State University. Her previous experience includes working for the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, a not-for-profit in New York City, and serving as the director for an educational program for at-risk youth in Boston. Dawn holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University.

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