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Refacing Kitchen Cabinets: Good Enough?

by Miriam Kasdan
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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Even though refacing your kitchen cabinets may seem like a great idea, review this list of cautions to make sure you'll be refacing for all the right reasons.

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  • Refacing your kitchen cabinets may provide new cabinet doors, but you'll still be dealing with the same old traffic. Plus, workspace and storage problems probably won't be improved.
  • If you decide later to replace the cabinets and make floor plan improvements, you'll be replacing the countertop and sink a second time. The same would go for floor coverings and wallpaper.
  • Refacing your kitchen cabinets won't afford you an opportunity to enhance your kitchen's functionality with specialty cabinets, like a dish or wine rack.
  • The kitchen cabinet interior remains the same, and so does the interior maintenance.
  • You'll have a warranty for new products only. Basic cabinets aren't covered.

If you decide to replace, not reface, your kitchen cabinets, you can remedy many of the above situations. Completely replacing your cabinets allows you to address issues like kitchen traffic, cabinet strength and durability, instead of just changing the surface, and you can enhance the kitchen by adding specialty cabinets.

In the end, your choice may all come down to cost and what shape your cabinets are in right now. Keep a vision in mind of your dream kitchen and its cabinets--will a simple refacing really do the trick?

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About the Author
Miriam Kasdan specializes in writing marketing and home improvement features. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

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