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Refacing or Installing Kitchen Cabinets

By Francine L. Huff
Refacing or Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Replacing or repairing kitchen cabinets can increase the value of your home. There are several ways to upgrade your cabinets whether you're on a small budget or have wads of money to spend. Here's what you need to know about dressing up your kitchen.

Cabinet Refacing

If your cabinets look outdated but are structurally sound, you may be able to get away with refacing them. Cabinet refacing involves installing new cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. Usually a matching wood or plastic veneer is used on the sides as well to give cabinets a completely new look.

During the process you may decide to change shelving and storage options inside existing cabinets. Many cabinet refacing jobs also extend to installing a new countertop and appliances. Depending upon the finishes you choose, you should be able to reface cabinets for under $10,000. Here is a great source on cabinet refacing costs.

Installing New Cabinets

If your cabinets are in sorry shape and can't be repaired you'll probably want to spend a little more to install new cabinets. This can allow you to improve the layout of your kitchen and take advantage of some of the latest storage options available. Ambitious do-it-yourselfers can install new cabinets themselves, but if you don't have the time or patience for the job it's better to hire a professional.

Get several estimates from cabinet refacing firms and / or contractors to find the best person for the job. It's important that whoever you hire is willing to work with you to give you the options you want instead of whatever they'd prefer to sell you. A basic kitchen makeover that includes installing cabinets could end up costing $20,000 or more.

And expect to spend considerably more if you decide to really go upscale.

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