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Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Many homeowners today are saving money by refacing rather than completely replacing their existing kitchen cabinets. There are three primary ways to reface cabinets: 1. Refinish or paint existing cabinet and drawer fronts. 2. Install new wood or laminate veneer over existing cabinet and drawer fronts. 3. Install completely new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
Even with the potential cost-savings, however, refacing isn’t right for every kitchen remodel. Before making the decision to reface, rather than replace, homeowners need to consider a number of factors, starting with the bones of their current kitchen cabinets. If they are not high-quality cabinets to begin with, it usually makes more sense to replace the entire piece, says Deborah Ramos, an interior designer in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Another alternative for homeowners with older cabinets in good condition is to remove the doors altogether and convert their existing cabinets to open shelving. Interior shelves can be removed or reconfigured inside the existing cabinet frames for a thoroughly modern and updated look. With conversion to open shelving there is an opportunity to refinish interiors in another color from the exterior or add beadboard backs, Lorey says.
Know When to Start From Scratch
However, even if your original cabinets are solidly built and in good condition, refacing or converting to open shelving may not be the best option if your current cabinet design or layout isn’t efficient or functional. If the cabinets you have now aren’t deep enough to hold your saucepans or tall enough to accommodate your cookie trays, replacing them completely may be the better option. If a homeowner is looking for major design or layout changes, those can be better achieved by starting over, says Gary Reynolds.
Once you’ve made the decision to replace your kitchen cabinet doors, you’ll need to decide on what kind of doors you want. Your options include custom doors, semi-custom, stock or ready-to-assemble (RTA), and whether or not you want wood, veneer or laminate. Custom doors are designed by you and built to your specifications. Semi-custom are exactly what they imply and have some prefab elements and some custom elements. Stock are established designs you buy and install, and ready-to-assemble doors require some DIY skills.
Replacing the doors involves taking off the existing doors, face frames and hardware while keeping the cabinet boxes where they are, and putting on new doors and face frames with the same hardware or new hardware. New hardware can also make a dramatic difference, so that’s something to consider for an updated look.
You’ll want to make sure the doors match the cabinet boxes. This can be accomplished with paint, staining or refacing the boxes for a more streamlined, consistent look. Once you’ve decided on how you will update your kitchen cabinet doors, you will need to decide on the style. Some options for the style can be flat panel, which are doors with a flat center panel and a raised frame. Another style that’s popular is raised panel cabinet doors, which have a raised center panel surrounded by a contour. A slab cabinet door is usually preferred in contemporary designs and is a smooth, flat slab with no contours, panels or accents. Accent doors are generally just for decoration and not functionality and are not used as the design style for all the cabinets in the kitchen. Accent doors can be louvered, glass, mullion, chalkboard and sheet metal; they serve well for reinforcing an existing design style and adding a little flair to your kitchen.
Another option for replacing your kitchen cabinets is to remove cabinet doors altogether for an open shelving design embellished with decorative brackets and molding.
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