If you are wondering what a cabinet refacing option is then let me explain. Basically cabinet refacing is simply a minor kitchen renovation option which focuses on improving existing features of your entire kitchen without replacing them. This is an excellent way to give your entire kitchen a face lift in a fraction of the time of a full remodel. Most cabinet refacing jobs can be completed in a matter of hours and are custom fit for any style of kitchen. This article will go over some cabinet refacing options and tell you whether they would benefit your style of kitchen.
There are several cabinet doors available, but the most popular is the drawer front. Many older cabinets had cabinet doors constructed of MDF (medium density fiberboard) and the veneer was painted white or wood tone. Although this is still a very popular option, most homeowners want to replace the door fronts to achieve a more modern look. There are several choices when it comes to replacing your cabinet doors including: pocket doors, panel doors, and European cabinet doors. The easiest way to decide which of these is best for you is to take a look at pictures of current kitchen cabinetry and then simply match it to the styles of your existing doors.
Many people also want to replace the hardware on their cabinets as well. For those that want to keep their cabinets “just like new” there are several options including: re-upholstering, painting or sanding and adding a wood stain to the cupboards. For those that want to change the look of their cabinet space but still stay on budget, it may be a better idea to add new cabinet refacing hinges and drawer fronts. These changes can easily be accomplished by a handy homeowner and not requiring the skills of a professional. In fact, with a few basic tools and some basic woodworking equipment you can create cabinet refacing hinges and drawer fronts that are the same as those found on your cabinets.
The first step in creating a new look for your cabinet doors is to take out all of the hardware that secures the doors to the cabinet face. Once the doors are removed completely, look for a thin layer of wood behind the door. This is usually referred to as the cabinet door face. Once the wood is no longer present, simply remove the old door and clean off the surface using a soap and water solution.
If you’re replacing the cabinet doors but don’t need to create new cabinet face surfaces, it’s easy to just purchase a new set of cabinet doors that have the same or similar designs as your old ones. However, if you want to incorporate a new style into the interior design of your room and provide your own unique twist on the style, creating a wood veneer center panel will provide a great alternative to purchasing new cabinet doors. With a solid wood veneer panel, your cabinet doors can have the same deep, rich color as your wood veneer center panel and the same heavy, durable hardware.
In addition to replacing your cabinet doors, another cabinet refacing option is to replace your existing doors with new mirrored or textured glass. While cabinet refacing involves simply installing a new cabinet door set on top of your current doors, glass panels can be a more difficult project and should only be attempted by an experienced cabinet refacing expert. Creating an illusion of depth and distance, glass panels can be installed at the same time as your doors. In fact, you may be surprised at how much more space you actually save by including glass paneling in your renovation. The added benefit of having the ability to add new elements to your room without having to completely gut and replace your existing cabinets is that it will also be far less expensive than tearing out and replacing your existing cabinets and then replacing them again.