One of the things that makes most people reluctant to move forward with a major kitchen remodeling project is the disruption the work will cause to your every day routine. Gutting the kitchen and rebuilding it can take weeks if not months and that means you have to stay out of it for an extended period. A quick solution to remodeling the kitchen is refacing the cabinets instead of replacing them. You can get the new look that you desire and the work can often be completed in the matter of a few days.
Cabinet refacing is done by using the current basic cabinet structure that you have now but adding new doors and drawer fronts. All other areas that are visible in your kitchen are covered with thin pieces of wood veneer to match the doors that you have chosen. It is a relatively simple process that produces dramatic results. Refacing the cabinets will make them look like they are brand new and you can have the work done at about half the cost of putting in brand new cabinets. cabinetrefacingtrends.com
For the cabinet refacing process to work, your current cabinets need to be in sound condition. If your kitchen is 10-20 years old and you are looking for a more contemporary look then your current cabinets should be perfect for refacing. Even if the kitchen was put in 20 or 30 years ago, there is a good chance that the cabinet frames are solid. In fact, older cabinet construction often used a better grade of lumber than stock cabinets produced in the 80’s or 90’s. Check with contractors in your area to see if your kitchen is a candidate for refacing.
Once you have determined that refacing will work in your kitchen, it is time to select the style and color that you want to go with. All of the major woods used for cabinets today are also available for refacing. If you are looking for a contemporary style, choose hickory or maple which are being used now in most new construction. Hickory is the toughest of all woods and will hold up very well. Maple comes in soft and hard varieties which are not as grainy as the more traditional oak wood.
After picking the type of wood, you must settle on a design for your new cabinet doors. There are hundreds of designs available that include custom grooves and fancy moldings. If you want a modern look, then choose a simple design. The current trend is toward a sleek, stream-lined look with flat, clean lines. Most of the trendy modern kitchens that you see today feature light colored cabinets to contrast dark granite countertops. The cabinet doors and drawers may be stained with a light color or they may only be finished with a polyurethane to preserve the wood and bring out the natural color. To insure a good match, the wood veneers that are placed over the cabinet frames will be finished in the exact same manner.