Upgrade or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets

Remodeling a kitchen can be an expensive prospect when you take into consideration the costs of cabinets, countertops, flooring, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and updated kitchen furniture. There are some ways to give your kitchen a modern updated look without breaking the bank and the only person what will know is you. It is entirely possible to have a contemporary kitchen on a budget and one that will make you proud every time you walk in your kitchen.

Instead of tearing out and replacing the cabinet, look into cabinet resurfacing. Updating your cabinets through this process can be done either by hiring a professional or, if you are adventurous, you can do it yourself by following a few simple steps. First you must empty the cabinets. This work can be messy and you do not want all the materials used getting all over your dishes or risk breaking them. Next remove all the doors and drawers and then remove any hinges and pulls. Begin prepping the doors by filling in any nail holes, pits, or any other defect so that you have a smooth surface to work with. After the filler has dried, completely sand the doors and drawers creating an even, smooth surface. Once the sanding is finished completely wipe down the surface removing every bit of dirt and sawdust. The next step is to apply the paint or stain color that you have previously chosen for your modern kitchen cabinets. Once everything has dried you will need to re-mark where any hinges, knobs, or pull will go. After re-hanging the doors and installing the refinished drawers, you can add any new door knobs or drawers pulls to pull the whole new look together.

While refacing your kitchen cabinets may seem like an inexpensive way to create a contemporary kitchen, there are a few situations in which replacement will be your best option. Resurfacing cannot change the layout of your kitchen, nor can it change the structural integrity of existing cabinets. Therefore, if you cabinets are rotted, falling apart or warped you may need to look at an alternative option.

On the other side there are several benefits to kitchen cabinet resurfacing. First and foremost the economical advantage is one that everyone can use. Refacing costs about fifty percent less than replacement. If your cabinets are structurally sound but just look old, save the money and reface those cabinets. Refacing does not cause so much disruption in the homeowner’s life. Replacing cabinets means destruction of the kitchen and having to find alternate places to eat and store your food. Saving the landfills in another benefit, since most of the torn out cabinets will end up in a trash heap, if you choose to reface you will leave behind a better world. There are numerous possibilities for cabinet finishes, creating modern kitchen cabinets or updating your existing kitchen to a contemporary kitchen. Believe it or not, some cabinet materials contain hazardous chemicals that can pollute landfills. Be refacing the existing ones, they do not end up in the landfills creating an eco-friendly environment. Most importantly you will end up with what looks like brand new cabinets. Save some time, save some money, and save the environment by choosing kitchen cabinet refacing.
The homeowner looking to put their house on the market will most likely meet with a realtor and be provided with suggestions to increase the home’s value. However, if you are looking to sell your home you do not want spent a huge amount of money on upgrading the interior. Since the kitchen is one of the key selling points, it is vital that your kitchen look as modern as possible. Choosing to reface the cabinets will provide you with a quick, inexpensive way to get the most out of you home when it is on the market.

Prior to shelling out an exorbitant amount of money for brand new cabinets, do some research into refacing the existing cabinets. You might be surprised at how many options there are and how much you can save.  Upgrading kitchen cabinets should be high on your priority list on beneficial things you can do to improve your homes value.

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