Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Give Your Kitchen Cabinets a Makeover

by Gabby Hyman
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

New kitchen cabinets can be expensive. It makes more sense to repair a cabinet if you have the tools and woodworking experience. If you're on an especially limited budget for restoring your kitchen, you may save a great deal of cash by refacing your cabinets, rather than replacing them entirely. You may want to consult with a kitchen contractor if you're not sure if you have the skills to pull it off.

The shortest route to a good-looking set of kitchen cabinets runs through the complete replacement of doors and hardware. Your cabinet doors are probably among the three most-common styles: recessed, slab, or raised-panel. When selecting replacement cabinet doors, you'll want to match the wood style of the rest of your kitchen. You can change wood types for affordability, but you should keep the veneers in matching hues.

Replacing the Cabinet Hardware

New kitchen cabinet hardware will complement your new doors and fresh paint. It's a good idea anyway, since some of your existing hardware may be in poor repair. The entire installation of new doors and hardware can cost a few thousand dollars in materials, but it will still come in at half or more of the outlay for a complete cabinet replacement project.

It's the perfect time to decide whether you're satisfied with your cabinet hinges and pulls. You can replace self-closing, exposed traditional cabinet hinges with concealed European hardware that mounts seamlessly into the backs of your doors.

Plan your cabinet repair and restoration project with care. To save money -- and potential heartache -- it's always a good idea to check with your hardware or home improvement store for a solution that works with your existing kitchen cabinets.

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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