When it comes to updating your kitchen cabinets, there are basically three options: cabinet replacement, cabinet refacing, and cabinet refinishing. Depending on your budget and your time frame, it may make sense to choose one over the other. The good news is, no matter which one you choose, your kitchen will look and feel like new with beautiful cabinets.
Cabinet Replacement Is For You If…
You hate the style of your kitchen cabinets (not just the color), or you want to reconfigure your kitchen altogether and move cabinets from one wall to another, you’ll want a full cabinet replacement.
This option is the most expensive of the three and will take the longest, but if your cabinet style is outdated, doesn’t fit your taste, or is just plain ugly to you, starting over with new cabinets that fit your idea of beautiful is the best decision for you.
New cabinets will allow you to add beauty, functionality, and modern storage options to make working in your kitchen a dream. You can change from traditional cabinets with a soffit above to cabinets that extend to the ceiling for more storage. Besides adding value to your home and improving how your kitchen functions, new cabinets give you the freedom to completely transform the look and layout of your kitchen. Whether you want modern, traditional or farmhouse, there is a cabinet style to fit your style.
Try Cabinet Refacing If…
You like the style and configuration of your current cabinets, but you’d like a different color or different style of cabinet fronts to bring your kitchen up to date.
Refacing your cabinets is a great way to refresh your kitchen without the expense and hassle of a major remodel. With cabinet refacing, you can update the look, change the color or finish, or even change the doors while the framework of cabinets stays in place.
While the structure of your cabinets remain, they will be veneered with high-quality material to provide the style you desire. Your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts will match the refaced frames, giving your kitchen a brand new look. Cabinet refacing allows you to replace your old cabinet doors, drawers, drawer fronts, hardware and accessories. You can easily change drawer pull and knob styles. You can also upgrade the inside of your cabinets by adding soft close hardware on drawers, special storage options like flip out drawer fronts in front of the sink, pullout bins for trash, a pot and pan caddy, lazy susan in the corner cabinet, etc. Refacing cabinets improves the look and feel of your home without a complete remodel and without all the down time.
Cabinet Refinishing Is a Great Option If…
You are looking for the fastest and most affordable way to make your cabinets look like new.
For a fraction of the cost and time of the full kitchen remodel, refinishing restores cabinets back to their original look and luster. You can even change the color of the stain. WIth refinishing, you can remove years of grime and dirt buildup, scuffs, scratches, and scrapes.
Kitchen cabinets take a lot of abuse – steam above the stove and microwave, water in front of the sink, food and grease buildup – with refinishing, everything is cleaned, filled, polished and buffed away. All the damaged areas are repaired or camouflaged. Your finish of choice is applied, and you get beautiful, brilliant cabinets that look like new! Best of all, this process can take as little as one or two days.
So there you have it! Depending on your budget, your schedule, and your taste, one of these options is right for you. If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, give one of the NARI professionals a call and remodel with confidence. Check out our list of Kansas City NARI contractors.