Your Kitchen by Refacing Your Cabinets
If you are happy with your existing cabinet layout, refacing your
kitchen cabinets can be a time and cost saving solution. Either
way, you'll have a new and updated look.
Cabinet Refacing may seem like a formidable task, but giving one
of the most important rooms in your house an extreme kitchen makeover
doesn't have to be very difficult or expensive.
If you have an outdated,
tired-looking kitchen, one of the simplest and most rewarding fix
is to reface your kitchen cabinets
with new veneer and replace
you drawer and door fronts to match.
By also adding new hardware
and painting the kitchen walls, you can literally transform your
entire kitchen without a lot less hassle and expense.
The vast majority of today's
homeowners can update their kitchens with a few simple procedures,
such as adding some hinges and hardware, new
doors and drawer fronts,
or by refacing
existing cabinetry and casework,
says Stacy Lemmer, a product manager at Rockler Woodworking and
Hardware. She adds that homeowners should first decide on the scope
and magnitude of the update they want.
If you decide to reconfigure
existing cabinetry to a new layout, the best solution is often replacement.
However, if you are happy with your existing cabinet layout,
cabinetry is a time- and cost-saving solution. Either way, you'll
have a new, updated look, she said.
Cabinetry is typically the
most expensive component of a kitchen, says Herrick Kimball, author
of Refacing Cabinets: Making an Old Kitchen New. By making some
simple changes to improve the efficiency of your existing
layout and then refacing
those cabinets, you can have a beautiful new kitchen for a fraction
of the cost of ripping everything out and replacing it, he says.
According to Herrick Kimball
there are four basic steps to refacing cabinets:
1. Remove and discard existing
door and drawer fronts. They will be replaced with new custom-made
and sized door and drawer fronts.
end panels or sides with
hardwood or veneered plywood in the same species as the new doors
that will be installed.
3. After the face frames
are properly prepped, apply a flexible peel-and-stick wood veneer
and wrap it around the front and edges of the face-frame rails and
4. Install new doors, hinges
and knobs and pulls.
Refacing your cabinetry
can give you any look you want thanks to the countless wood species,
door and drawer styles, and hardware options available.
Rockler Woodworking and
Hardware, for example, offers a custom door and drawer front program
that lets you choose the size and style in red oak, maple, ash,
cherry, hickory or white laminate. You can also match those species
or laminate in custom cut-to-fit
end panels and veneer sheets.
The best part about our
program is you don't have to build your own door, says Lemmer. Simply
choose your style, width and length and wood species, and you'll
receive the doors in two weeks.
To make the installation
of veneer a snap, Lemmer recommends Rocklers 3-in-1 laminate pressure
tool and veneer trimming guide. The laminate pressure tool helps
you smooth out, roll flat and apply edging, while the veneer trimming
guide is designed for trimming off excess veneer so that it is flush
with the face frame.
To add the finishing touches
to your cabinet project, selecting new hardware will further personalize
and add distinction to your kitchen space.
Knobs and pulls are available
in a wide variety of finishes and styles, from cast copper Mission
style to contemporary polished chrome. You may also want to add
brass grille or textured and leaded glass panels to your cabinetry.
These accent pieces are typically custom made and sized, and are
available in numerous styles.
Whatever design you decide
on, updating your kitchen doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive.
For a small kitchen (eight doors and six drawers), the price of
custom door and drawer fronts, cabinet end panels and veneer sheets
in oak should be around $1600.00.
The lessons outlined in my online
cabinet refacing tutorial will help guide you to a better understanding
about the concept of refacing your kitchen cabinets. :-> Steve Fisher!