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Create a Kitchen Tune Up By Restoring or Replacing Your Cabinets

by Susanne Clemenz

If your kitchen is looking dated, bland, or shopworn, your cabinets may be the culprit. Grease, smoke, scratches, chips, sagging hinges, and outdated hardware are common problems. Cabinets are the biggest visual element in a kitchen, and there are several ways to spruce them up.

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  • Dull cabinets may just need cleaning and polishing. Remove hardware, and perhaps drawers and doors, to facilitate work. Talk to an expert at your local hardware or home improvement store for advice on the best cleaning solution to use for your cabinets' finish. Splurge on attractive new handles and drawer pulls.
  • You can take the tune up a step further by replacing cabinet door and drawer fronts. If the cabinet cases are sound and your kitchen layout acceptable, this option can give you an exciting new look. The case fronts can be sanded and finished to match, or matching veneer or laminate strips can be applied. Cabinet re-facing can save you 60 to 75 percent over purchasing new cabinets. Some companies specialize in this type of project, or you may choose to find the supplies and perform the project yourself. Adding new countertops, as well, can round out this kitchen tune up.
  • If you want to go all-out, call in a kitchen designer and contractor, rip everything out, and create a whole new kitchen. You can choose a new cabinet layout, after which you'll likely need new floors and countertops, too. Manufactured cabinets can be found at various price levels, or you can have cabinets custom-made and built to your specs.

Whether minimal or extensive, you are sure to be delighted with the results of your kitchen tune up. Start planning today!

About the Author

Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and interacted with the contractors every day of the 6-month project. She started drawing floor plans and making models in the early '70s after purchasing several building lots. Recently she expanded and

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