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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet Refacing an Inexpensive Do-It-Yourself Project

by Kirk Bangstad
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Has the cooling fall weather given you the energy to take on a home improvement project? If so, one good option is refacing your kitchen cabinets. Because the kitchen is the room that is used most throughout the day, it is important to make it a pleasant place. Worn-out kitchen cabinets can give your entire house a tired feel, affecting you both emotionally and financially. In fact, your kitchen affects the resale value of your home more than any other room in the house. You'll find that the cost of kitchen cabinet refacing is much less expensive than the cost of replacing old kitchen furnishings, and a good cabinet refacing job can be just as uplifting.

What You Need to Know about Cabinet Refacing

If you want to take on a do-it-yourself cabinet refacing project, you need to know a few things. First, you'll need to choose the right cabinet refacing material. Generally, homeowners tend choose either wood or laminate when refacing their cabinets. Laminate is generally a bit less expensive, and is more resistant to scratching. Wood tends to look better at first, but over time shows more wear and tear than laminate.

Additionally, color is an important consideration. If you want a country effect, you may get cabinet refacing that reflects vibrant colors. If you're going for a more contemporary feel, you will probably want to stick with either whites or lighter minimalistic hues. The handles and knobs you choose can also greatly affect the look of your kitchen.

So roll up your sleeves and get to work before winter freezes your motivation. With a good theme, your cabinet refacing project could uplift you and your pocketbook for years to come.

About the Author
Kirk Bangstad is an artist manager and singer working in Chicago, IL. His previous experience includes consulting for technology companies in the Silicon Valley and serving as a field director and publicist for a statewide political campaign. Kirk holds a B.A. in government from Harvard University.

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