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Replace or Reface?

by Debbie Wilson

While it is true that you can save a great deal of money by refacing rather than completely replacing your existing kitchen cabinets, there are some important facts you should be aware of before you decide upon replacement or refacing.

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When It's Time to Replace

Refacing your kitchen cabinets can be an affordable option; however, there are times when it is not in your best interest.  To find out if refacing is the right option for you, ask yourself a few basic yet critical questions.

  • Are your current cabinets structurally sound?
  • Are the materials of your current cabinets high-quality?
  • Were your cabinets built prior to the 1980's?
  • Do you plan to change the entire layout of your kitchen cabinet design?

Cabinets that lack sound structure should definitely be replaced. And if the layout isn't working for you, a change may be in order as well. Functional cabinets can make the difference between a kitchen that works and one that doesn't. Cabinets built prior to the 1980's may have been made from better materials than many of today's particle board options. In this case, you might consider resanding the wood and giving it a new coat of stain or paint.

Time to Reface

Refacing can take the shape of new paint or stain, new wood or laminate veneer, or entirely new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. It is a mini-makeover that can give your kitchen a whole new look at a fraction of the cost and time. Your best bet is to meet with a consultant to review all your options, styles, and features. A consultant can also help you find a compatible cabinet for your particular home, location, and intended use. And since many of today's refaced cabinets are made from high-quality materials and products you can give your old cabinets new life for years to come.  


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About the Author

Debbie Wilson owns and operates a lakeside resort. Her previous experience includes profitability consulting for a national healthcare company. Debbie holds a B.A. in Business Management with a minor in Physical Education.

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