Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a great way to save some money during your kitchen renovation. While many people choose to paint their kitchen cabinets, completely refacing them goes a step beyond. Although cabinet refacing is more expensive than simply painting them, it is still much cheaper than replacing your kitchen cabinets altogether. If done correctly, refacing your kitchen cabinets will produce an end product that adds additional value to your home.
Before you decide to reface your kitchen cabinets, there are a few things you may want to consider first. Think about the quality of your cabinetry. If your kitchen cabinets are made from solid wood you will definitely want to preserve them if you can. Cabinets that are made of inferior materials may not withstand the test of time and your efforts to perk them up may be in vain.
Tip: If you plan to install new granite countertops during your kitchen renovation you will definitely want to replace your cabinets if they are not solid wood. Cheaper cabinetry can actually fall apart under the heavy strain of a granite slab!
If you decide that cabinet refacing is the right option for your kitchen you will need to consider which parts you want to tackle. Think about the faces of your drawers and the doors of your cabinets. Are they basically in good shape?
If your cabinets and drawer faces are still in good shape consider refacing them with something as simple as peel-and-stick veneer. You can purchase peel-and-stick veneer by the roll and in many different varieties that range from common oak to more rustic woods.
With peel-and-stick veneer all you have to do is cover your preexisting drawer faces and doors with the material. There are special tools that you should buy in addition to the peel-and-stick veneer in order to make the installation go more smoothly. This includes special rollers that will eliminate problematic air bubbles.
Tip: Peel-and-stick veneer is a wonderful option for cabinets, drawers, and doors that have flatter surfaces. If your kitchen cabinets have a lot of carvings on them they may not be suitable for this type of cabinet refacing!
Another way to reface your kitchen cabinets is to purchase all new drawer faces and doors. There are many places, even a few online, that will custom make you new drawers and doors in a selection of different woods and styles. Once you get them simply replace the original models with the new ones.
Tip: Don't forget to replace the hardware on the cabinets once they have been refaced. This is a quick and easy way to really improve the overall look and feel of your kitchen.