Play it Smart and Reface Your Cabinets

By: Melissa Roy | Posted: 17th January 2011

For most people around the world, especially for those coming from western cultures, the kitchen is not only the place where the food is prepared, it is also the place where the whole family reunites after the day to converse and to bond. And so it should come as no surprise that it is in fact the room which, over the years, suffers the most wear and tear as well as requires the most diligent maintenance possible. In most kitchens, the hardware which gets the most damaged is the cabinetry; the constant heat changes, moisture, opening, closing, and time have each contributed to the demise of the cabinetry. And so it goes without saying that regular cabinetry renovations are unavoidable.
But when people think of renovating their cabinets, they always think about spending a fortune, as well as much time and energy in investing in a new, fancier set of cabinets and installing it. The truth is, while a new set can cost anywhere from 10,000$ to 50,000$, there is a much cheaper way to make your cabinets look good as new, and itís called refacing; itís the art of taking out the doors, shelves, handles and drawers of cabinets, without touching the base, and replacing them with newer, more expensive and stylish ones. This way, itís possible to offer your cabinetry a rich and expensive look all while being cost-effective. This process can usually cost from 1,000$-4,000$, depending on the amount of cabinets to renovate and materials chosen.
There are many materials to chose from when it comes to refacing cabinets, ranging from plastic to crystal. If your budget is a concern to you, then I recommend that you go for the plastic cabinets, since most of the time, they come out less expensive than wood, and much less expensive than other, more exquisite alternativesÖ
After youíve refaced your cabinetry, the next step would be to install new handles and doorknobs, since theyíre the first detail people notice when looking at a door.

Melissa Roy is president of Comdesi Media. Read decorative hardware products reviews at AnneAtHome Kitchen hardware and Anneathome cabinet hardware.
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