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Pantry Cabinets: Refacing Decisions

by Greg Keefer

Remodeling your pantry cabinets is an expensive and labor-intensive project. The decisions you face when tackling a refacing project are two-fold:

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Refacing Pantry Cabinets

You can save money and still express your creativity in your remodeling project. Here's how: instead of replacing your pantry cabinets, consider refacing them. That way, you can customize your kitchen, but save money. Here are some ways to customize your pantry cabinets and give your home the facelift you want:

  • Veneer: A thin veneer strip completely changes the color and feel of your cabinet surfaces. Many do-it-yourselfers swear by veneering, while others prefer to use less-delicate and exact materials.
  • Refinish: Stripping and refinishing wood cabinets is the traditional method of updating, changing, or antiquing your kitchen cabinets. The advantage: your color choices for your finish are nearly limitless.
  • Paint. Painting is a good choice when your pantry cabinets are in bad shape. Paint fills in minor cracks and dingers and eliminates the need for sanding beyond sufficiently roughing up the old finish or paint.
  • Customize: Use veneers, add trim, attach a chalk board, or get creative in any way to make your pantry cabinets one-of-a-kind,
  • Replace: Removing your cabinets and installing pre-made or customized cabinets is the most expensive way to go. If you can find a cabinet craftsman to do the work, you can implement your creative ideas to create unique cabinets in design, size, and hardware.

Making important decisions when refacing your pantry cabinets is the first step to enjoying your finished product. Be as creative or traditional as you desire.



About the Author

Greg Keefer has been a do-it-yourselfer with lots of experience in how to do things right and how to do them wrong. He enjoys sharing his experience with the hope of helping others to

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