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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: The Affordable Alternative

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Are dated and damaged kitchen cabinets dragging down your home's value? Tired of fussing with worn-looking drawers, broken cabinet hinges, and beat-up doors? A kitchen cabinet refacing job will give you the modern, hassle-free kitchen you've been dreaming of, at about half the cost of a complete kitchen cabinet replacement.

Here's how cabinet refacing works and why it could be just the answer for your home.

How Cabinet Refacing Works

The kitchen cabinet refacing project begins with a thorough examination of your current cabinetry to make sure your existing cabinet boxes are in good condition. Next, your cabinet refacing professional will remove the existing cabinet doors, drawers, and moldings. The cabinets' face frames and panels will then be sanded to prepare them for the application of the new veneers or laminates you've selected. After the veneers or laminates are applied, your cabinet refacing contractor will typically replace drawers and install new doors and drawer fronts, using the new hinges and other hardware, such as knobs, handles and pulls, that you've selected.  

More than Just a Facelift ...

While a cabinet refacing project will absolutely give your kitchen a more attractive appearance, it can also make your kitchen more user-friendly. For example, if you need to modify your existing kitchen cabinetry to include more storage, or if you want to have additional cabinets installed, most kitchen cabinet refacing companies can assist you with these upgrades in addition to the basic cosmetic changes that a cabinet refacing job will provide.

Less Stress, Less Mess

Along with a much more affordable price tag, a kitchen cabinet refacing project is also less time-consuming and far less intrusive. Not only will you avoid the costs and headaches associated with ripping out your existing kitchen cabinetry, you won't be required to relocate appliances or electrical fixtures.

If fixing up your kitchen is important to you, but you don't want to spend a ton of money replacing your existing cabinetry, cabinet refacing could be the solution you've been looking for.

About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nevada.

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