Renovating Your Kitchen With a Cabinet Makeover

Over time, your kitchen cabinets can lose their luster. They might start to look dull or the colors may have faded, and over time their handles and hinges may tarnish or fail to function properly. But the good news is that you don’t need to replace your entire cabinetry to give your kitchen a fresh new look. You can give your existing cabinets a facelift by refacing them or painting them.

This is one of the easiest and most budget-friendly projects you can do to update your home’s interior design. And with new, designer-worthy hardware – knobs, pulls and hinges in every finish imaginable – you can add just the finishing touch your cabinet makeover needs.

The cost of replacing your kitchen cabinets can quickly add up and be prohibitive for many homeowners. So it’s important to know what the options are before committing to a major project like a kitchen renovation or remodel. Cabinet refacing or painting can cost significantly less than replacing your old, outdated cabinetry. Plus, this type of project can be completed in a shorter amount of time and with less mess than an extensive remodel.

Whether your cabinets are in disrepair or simply tired, updating them can dramatically change the overall appearance of your kitchen. This is especially true if you don’t have the budget for new custom cabinets. A fresh coat of paint, a new set of cabinet hardware and some decorative touches can give your cabinets the new look you’ve always wanted without breaking the bank.

A complete cabinet refacing or painting project typically costs between $1,000 and $5,000 depending on the extent of the work you want to do. This includes sanding and staining or painting your cabinets as well as installing new hardware, such as handles, hinges and drawer pulls. It also includes the expense of new flooring, which is a very important component to help tie together the look of your entire room.

While new kitchen cabinetry is a popular choice for many homeowners, you might find that you’re happy with the location and size of your existing cabinets. Then you can save money by painting them instead of replacing them. And, for a truly modern style, you can even remove the doors from your upper cabinetry to create open shelving, creating a clean, light and airy space.

Choosing the right door material is an essential part of this process. There are a variety of choices, from solid wood to high-density fiberboard (HDF). You can also choose affordable options such as laminate or rigid thermofoil, which come in hundreds of color and pattern options, are durable and moisture resistant, and can be installed in place of the original cabinet doors and drawer fronts. You can even add a veneer overlay to your HDF cabinetry for additional durability. And, of course, you can always refinish your wood cabinetry for an updated look. Just be sure to protect your surfaces with a water-resistant sealer, which is available from most kitchen hardware stores. Be sure to consult with a professional Tampa cabinet renovation professional before starting your project.

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