When updating the look of your kitchen cabinets there are two ways to do this, either by remodeling or refacing. The one you chose will depend on what you want to accomplish and the budget you are working within.
Remodeling can include complete replacement and even redesigning your space to include more or less devoted to cabinets. If your current cabinets are very old, falling apart, suffering from mold or mildew damage, it may be wise to completely replace them. If this is the case you can also use this as the perfect opportunity to upgrade.
There are a few choices when doing a complete remodel of kitchen cabinets. There is the traditional wood composite cabinets which come in variety of standard sizes to be mixed and matched. Stainless steel is an option, which provides a durable option that never needs refacing or painting. And then there is always the custom cabinet approach which will be designed to your specifications using the material of your choice, but this tends to be the most costly of the remodeling options. However, it is worth noting that custom cabinets stand the best chance of adding more value to your home.
If remodeling seems too costly an undertaking and your cabinets are in relatively good repair, the refacing might be the way to go. Refacing addresses the doors, and possibly painting or staining. Switching out the doors is an easy way to change the look of your kitchen, especially with the various designs and even glass insets available. You also have the option of removing the doors entirely to expose your cabinets more like shelves to display your beautiful dishes.
Repainting or refinishing your cabinets is another way to freshen the look and feel of your kitchen. With paint you can add more color, mix colors, and even add creative designs. With finishing or staining it is often easier to go from a light stain to a darker stain, but it is possible to lighten a darker stain with sanding and stripping.
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