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Lowering Your Kitchen Refacing Cost with Laminate

by Kelly Richardson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

When you consider that the cost of purchasing new wood cabinets for a 10x12-ft. kitchen can easily top $5,000 or more, refacing with laminate seems much more sensible. Lower your kitchen refacing cost and get the same great results in one quick project.

Perhaps you've heard the buzz about the value and durability of laminate. Laminate is made using several layers of various materials pressed together and sealed, typically with an adhesive. The advantage for you, aside from the lower cost, is that the materials are easy to use and come in a variety of colors and finishes. No need to stain or paint when you're finished. Simply attach and let it set.

High Pressure Decorative Laminate. Examples of laminate materials include Formica and plywood, often referred to as high pressure decorative laminate (HPDL). Popular brands such as Wilsonart, Pionite, or Centuryply Mica are created with heat and pressure several times higher than basic kitchen refacing laminates. Tough and durable, these materials come at a much cheaper cost than real wood.

Wood Veneer. If you're simply dead set on wood, a new type of decorative laminate is available using real wood veneer or multi-laminar veneer as a cover surface. Veneer is thin slices of wood, usually thinner than 1/8 inch, glued and pressed onto core panels. Wood veneer panels can be beaded into decorative edging without skyrocketing your kitchen refacing cost. Alpikord, produced by Alpi spa, is one of the more popular wood veneer options.

Many homeowners find that customized laminates can save them thousands of dollars in kitchen refacing costs. And anything that stretches your home design dollar is worth checking into.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson covers the home improvement scene in between his seasonal projects. His articles appear wherever intelligent interior design is valued.

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