Updating Kitchen Cabinets
– We all have them, but we may not love them. Kitchen cabinets. They can have a very specific taste and look that may not suit everyone. Therefore, it’s important to consider the different ways in which kitchen cabinets can be updated. Updating kitchen cabinets doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many different ways in which a fresh and updated look can be created without taking a lot of money out of your pockets.
The cost to remodel a kitchen varies from one home to the next based on finishes and square footage. One construction cost survey conducted by Remodeling Magazine reported that a minor remodel of a 200 square foot kitchen ranged from $20,077 to $23,291. With a mid-range major remodeling project running between $52,405 and $63,803. While the upscale remodel of the same size kitchen came in between $105,621 to $120,379. Many homeowners look at simply repainting or refacing cabinetry to give an updated look while others may go as far as updating the entire kitchen with a brand new set of cabinets. Whatever the case may be, there are a variety of options to updating kitchen cabinetry.
Repainting Kitchen Cabinets
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in transforming the space. Whether you decide to repaint the cabinets yourself or hire a professional to spray-paint them for you, this is an affordable alternative to completely replacing (or refacing) them. Proper prep work is necessary to ensure that the repainting of the kitchen cabinets is a success. First begin by cleaning the cabinets, then sand, prime, and paint. In some cases sanding, stripping, or priming may not be necessary. When shopping for the paint, you will find that some are designed specifically for use in bathrooms and kitchens. While it’s not necessary to buy this type, the best advice is to choose a reputable brand that offers a high-gloss finish. This type of finish allows for more protection against everyday wear and tear as well as the ability to easily wipe off spills. Primer is recommended in most cases to better prep the wood for paint as well as guarding against moisture. One key note to remember in painting kitchen cabinetry is not to rush the drying process. Make sure that you allow ample time for the cabinets to dry between coats (and use). Most painting professionals suggest a minimum of 24 hours.
Refacing Kitchen Cabinets
Refacing is as simple as installing new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Normally the new facing will be either glued or sometimes nailed over the old cabinetry. New hardware is also installed giving the kitchen a fresh and updated look. Three finish options commonly are used: wood veneer, rigid thermofoils (RTF) and plastic laminates. Refacing kitchen cabinetry is a great solution for kitchens that are already well laid out and have a good set of cabinetry that just may be a little outdated. A typical refacing project will cost between $4,000 to $6,000, but this amount is still much cheaper than replacing all of the kitchen cabinetry. By the time you add in new countertops to complete the update, the cost is usually more around the neighborhood of $8,500 or so for this type of project.
Replacing Kitchen Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets have seen better days and are in need of complete replacement, there are a wide variety of cabinetry options. From off-the-shelf brands found at the local home improvement store to custom-made cabinetry specially crafted to fit your space. Whichever way you choose, they will surely add new life back into your kitchen, increase the value of your home and be an upgrade that brings enjoyment for many years to come.
Kitchen cabinets endure a lot of use. Because the kitchen is the heart of most homes (that’s if you like to cook), we are constantly making meals and entertaining in the space. It is the place where we store all of our dishes and prepare meals. Redoing the kitchen cabinets can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to transform the look of a kitchen. Repainting or refacing cabinets can be a great alternative to replacing (and cost a lot less too). But some kitchens just need a fresh layout for cabinetry or the cabinets may be beyond repair. Whatever the case may be, there is a wide array of affordable options available today that can fit your budget and update your kitchen space.
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