So you are remodeling and you have been told that the most profitable area of the home to give a face-lift to is your favorite cooking room. You were told right! Making improvements to your existing kitchen/kitchenette can increase the value of your home considerably. There are many things to think about, such as which areas you should focus on improving. One of the quickest ways to give the room a new look is to replace (or reface) your kitchen cabinet doors.
Maybe you will go ahead and choose to remove the old kitchen cabinet doors and buy new. If that is the case, once you take them off, you will need to sand and refinish all of the framework. Then you can hang your new ones and mount your hardware. This is going to save you a ton of time and money over the alternative of ripping out all of your existing cabinetry and replacing the entire lot.
Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts are available in many finishes including solid hardwood, laminate and rigid thermo foil.
Hardwood is available in unfinished or prefinished cherry, maple, oak, plantation wood (also known as rubber wood) or birch. Laminate can provide the look of wood, but at a lower cost. Rigid thermo foil is a type of vinyl material and is available in a variety of colors. Do not forget to replace your hardware mounts, handles and drawer pulls, as this is an integral part of the renovation. Once you have made these renovations, you may just decide to stop there. These simple replacements can virtually render you a completely new room!
Prices are going to vary based on the choices you make. Finished hardwood will last for years and years, but it will be more expensive than laminate. Look at what you can afford right now, but also take into account the value you are getting for your money. You need to find a balance that works for you and your family both now and in the end.
You can start comparing some of these kitchen cabinet doors right now online. Most companies with offer free shipping if you order through them. Another benefit is that you can see every item right in front of you, side by side, for immediate comparisons. There is also no pressure from a sales person trying to up sell you on anything. That can be annoying when you are trying to make a cost conscious decision. You can end up being talked into purchasing more than you had in mind because of the on the spot pressure.
Your new kitchen cabinet doors and accessories are really going to perk up the room. The first time you have company after your renovation, be prepared to answer many questions! Looking at your fresh space is going to get your friend thinking about those old dingy cabinets at their house! Have this article and some links ready to e-mail, because your friend is sure to ask.