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Cabinet Refacing and New Kitchen Design: How to Keep Costs Down

by Shannon Dauphin

When considering new kitchen design, look no further than your current kitchen cabinets. Why? Cabinet refacing is a perfect way to get a new look while keeping the costs down. Kitchen cabinet refacing can also free up your budget for other elements that might cost more, like that great new appliance or gorgeous countertop.

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Keep Kitchen Design Affordable

But even kitchen cabinet refacing can be expensive if you don't know the pitfalls. Here are a few good points to keep in mind when pursuing kitchen cabinet refacing:

  • Do your research. How much does refacing cost? How does it compare to new cabinets? Are there certain features you want in new cabinets that your old ones can't provide? Research the pros and cons of keeping your current kitchen cabinets.
  • Know what is included in the work. Some kitchen cabinet contractors try to charge much more than what is required to handle a kitchen cabinet refacing. Make certain you know what you are getting before you sign on the dotted line, and always compare that bottom-line price.
  • Be prepared for surprises. If your cabinets are very old, refacing them might wind up costing more than cabinet replacement. If they have lead paint on them, or are made of brittle particle board that has seen its fair share of dents and dings, the refacing might be costly.
  • Know your options. There are many ways to reface cabinets. Don't let a contractor tell you there is only one way to handle your particular kitchen design. Again, it comes down to research--know what you're getting into before you start removing that cabinet door!

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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