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Furniture Styling and Cabinet Refacing

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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If you've followed kitchen design trends lately, you know that furniture styling is all the rage. Those carved furniture legs and rope molding details can really make your kitchen stand out. When planning a cabinet refacing, look for ways to incorporate this hot trend into your kitchen makeover.

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Door Fronts and Drawers

The beauty of cabinet refacing is that it uses your existing cabinets and layout and creates a new "face" on the front. With new doors and drawers, you can dramatically change the look of your kitchen design. The addition of furniture styling takes the design to a higher level.

Mold Your Kitchen

One major element in furniture styling is the cabinet molding. The way the cabinet box is framed and the use of carved legs instead of a square box on the bottom can make a big impact. Ask your cabinet refacing company for details on:
  • Adding vertical molding between cabinets. Several grooved trim pieces can draw attention to the cabinet detail and give it added emphasis.
  • Using arched door fronts with raised panels.

Vote On the Island

The kitchen island is often the center of activity, the place where friends gather and kids do homework. When refacing your cabinets, pay special attention to it. A few ideas to try:
  • Using a different cabinet style or finish on the island to make it stand out.
  • Adding beadboard around the edges.
  • Adding open shelving for decorative storage.

Try Adding Other Products

A cabinet refacing project often extends beyond just the cabinets. Many refacing companies will replace other parts of your kitchen, such as the:
  • Kitchen sink. Look for an old-fashioned farm sink to blend with your other styling ideas.
  • Kitchen faucet. A two-handle design adds an elegant look.
  • Countertop. Natural stone blends well with styled furniture, as do laminates with stone patterns.
  • Windows. Add more light to enhance your cabinetry design.

There are many ways to incorporate furniture styling into your kitchen design. As you plan a cabinet refacing, look for ways to highlight special areas of your kitchen with these styling ideas.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.

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