If your kitchen cabinets are looking dull and tired, maybe it’s time to give them a face lift. Custom kitchen cabinets are less expensive than a full kitchen renovation, but even if that is less than your current makeover budget there’s an easy way to give those cabinets a great face lift: cabinet refacing. With kitchen cabinet experts, you wind up with exactly what look like new kitchen cabinets at far less than the price of a full cabinet make over. This is because refacing kitchen cabinets are crafted to replace the existing cabinetry. So they already have the “skeleton” of the cabinet built-up, just need to be refaced.
There are several ways to reface kitchen cabinets, but there’s one key component that must be present for best results. That component is a kitchen island. It is not necessary for you to have a separate kitchen island when doing a cabinet reface, but it does provide additional counter space that can help make your kitchen island more useful. Here are some other ways to utilize your kitchen island space:
Conduit and RTA cabinets: If you are doing a single, small remodeling job such as replacing cabinet doors or installing a thin veneer then it may be possible to do all the cabinet refaces yourself. Many do-it-yourself kits are available on the market today. Or you can contact a cabinetmaker who has experience with doing cabinet refaces. In most cases the cabinet will come pre-assembled and all you will need to do is add finishing materials such as wood veneers or RTA cabinets then assemble them together. The advantage to this option is that you don’t need to hire a professional contractor or cabinetmaker because it’s often done by the individual homeowner.
Cabinet refacing vs. new construction: Many people do not realize that there is a wide price difference between refacing existing cabinetry and completely replacing kitchen cabinets with new ones. The cost of new cabinets will be far greater than even the most elaborate cabinet refacing job. This is primarily due to the time factor. Refacing involves removing old cabinetry and replacing it with new cabinetry and hardware; therefore, it takes time and money to accomplish.
Limited number cabinets: When you select your cabinetry, you must choose cabinets that fall within the overall theme or style of your kitchen. Doing so can be challenging, since there are so many different styles, finishes and materials available for kitchen cabinets. When you select your cabinets in this manner, you must also select a limited number of styles and materials as well. Cabinet refacing eliminates this limitation, since you can easily use existing cabinetry and modify it to fit the new look with very little cost or effort.
Limited number of cabinet boxes: Cabinet boxes are also an important part of your kitchen design. If you choose to replace your cabinets with new ones, you may not have enough storage space left over to install all of the new cabinetry. For this reason, it is important to determine how much of your current cabinet space will be needed to store all of the items that you intend to store in the new cabinets. In some cases, the amount of cabinet space needed is quite small. In other cases, however, the amount of space needed will be greater since you will probably want to store heavier items such as heavy cookware and refrigerated items in the drawers of your cabinets.
Custom drawers versus factory new kitchen cabinets: It is also important to determine how much space you have to work with when installing the cabinets yourself. If you are replacing your cabinets, the height and width of the walls will play an important role in your decision. In some cases, it will be necessary to move your countertops to make room for the new cabinets. If your countertop height is less than four feet, you will need to remove the top layer of countertop before replacing the cabinet. On the other hand, if your countertop is between four and six feet tall, you can generally install a standard cabinet without having to relocate the countertop.
Semi-custom or full-custom: When choosing the type of cabinets you want to purchase, it is important to consider whether you want to install your cabinets yourself or pay someone else to do it. There are many different types of cabinet, including semi-custom, full-custom, half-custom, and engineered or manufactured cabinets. Some cabinet manufacturers allow customers to customize their cabinets by adding built-in or pre-made features such as drop handles or drawer slides. These features will cost you extra, but many people choose to purchase their own custom cabinetry in order to have these features.