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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

It's a Good Idea to Hire a Professional When Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets

by Sue Booth
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

You can give your kitchen a dramatic new look and increase the resale value of your home by refacing your cabinets. Cabinet refacing is an ideal way to save on remodeling costs, but don't go it alone, hire a contractor to help you renovate.

The Rewards of Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen cabinets are a large component of your kitchen and can comprise the most significant costs in kitchen remodeling. Experts agree that upgrading your kitchen yields the number one greatest return on your home investments.

Don't Reface By Yourself

Even though you want to be as frugal as possible, you shouldn't tackle a kitchen remodeling project on your own. The National Kitchen & Bath Association cautions, "Don't do it yourself. Remodeling a bedroom, dining room, or family room is very different from taking on the challenge of a kitchen or bath…This is not a do-it-yourself project!"

A do-it-yourself cabinet refacing job can be rewarding, but doing it yourself can be troublesome if you don't have the right skills or equipment. You can spend hours refacing your cabinets with disappointing results. Hiring a cabinet contractor is your best chance for success. Contractors have the correct tools to ensure that adhesive is secured and seams are flawless. Not to mention, kitchen remodeling projects can take about 30-40 percent more time than expected; with a full-time job, you probably won't have the time to dedicate to a quality job.

An inferior kitchen renovation job can actually detract from a home's value and appearance. A poorly refaced cabinet can look worse than a bad paint job. You may think you're saving if you do it yourself, but hiring a contractor may save you time and unexpected costs in the long run.


About the Author
Sue Booth is a freelance writer and a former product analyst for Good Housekeeping magazine. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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