One day you wake up and for some reason, your house no longer feels like your dream home. You look everywhere and you find nothing wrong. Then you go into the kitchen where something does not feel right, you look around and the green cabinets that once felt like an excellent design idea, now no longer suit your taste. You look closely at them and you see that the paint has started to crack. However, there is a problem, replacing them would cost you a fortune and you do not have the necessary money right now. What can you do? Here are some ideas for kitchen cabinet refacing, which will give your kitchen a ‘facelift’ without the added costs of replacing them.
Repaint cabinet and drawer exterior parts
Repainting kitchen cabinets are probably the cheapest and fastest option if you want to give your kitchen a fresh new look. The steps are simple. First, you need to remove the doors and do not forget to number them in order to know which door goes in which place. Then, you need to clean the surface that you wish to repaint with a special solution. After that, sanding down the surface until you have a clear canvas is the next step. All that you have left to do is prime the surface and paint it whichever color you wish.
Here are some things that you should take into consideration if you opt for repainting the cabinets. Both wood laminate and metal are far easier to paint than plastic. For the latter, you will need to consult a specialist because there are different techniques and a special type of paint that work with this kind of surface.
Bonus! You can add chalkboard paint on one of the lower cabinets for your children to draw on or maybe on any other drawer, where you can write notes, grocery lists or anything you wish.
Apply veneer over cabinet exterior parts
If you choose to apply veneer for your kitchen cabinet refacing, then you should take into account the following: you must repair any damaged surface of the drawer beforehand and do not proceed with this step if the surface is swollen or extremely damaged.
Applying veneer comes with many options in terms of both materials and styles. You can go for a different color or a different type of wood. However, for example, if decide to change the material and let’s say that you currently have wood cabinets, then you can go for metal or maybe plastic. Whichever option you choose, you must keep in mind the overall design of the kitchen.
Finally, it is important to decide, though, whether you want it to be a do-it-yourself project or whether it is better to hire a specialist. The former might be a cheaper option, but it might end up being costly if not done right. On the other hand, hiring a specialist can prove to be faster and more efficient if you want to pay the extra price.
Change cabinet doors
This last option for kitchen cabinet refacing might be the most dramatic if your choice is to ‘go big’. The advantage of this option is that you can even go for a material such as glass, which can only be done this way, or through replacing the cabinets. Also, another benefit of selecting this solution is the fact that you can totally change the style of the cabinets. For example, you can opt for carved doors or for kitchen cabinet doors with applied sculpture elements on them. The options are limitless.
There are also drawbacks that come with choosing this option. One of them would be that it is a more expensive option than the first two. A second disadvantage is that the kitchen cabinet doors that you like might not fit the dimensions of your cabinets. Be careful to take your measurements with you when you go shopping for cabinet doors or when you get them customized.
There are many options for giving your kitchen a makeover. Here we have presented only three solutions for kitchen cabinet refacing. Whether you prefer a simple task of repainting, you opt for applying veneer or whether you want a drastic change like new doors for the drawers, your kitchen deserves a change and so do you!