Cabinet refacing is a great way to update your home without the full expense of a total remodel. The job consists of removing all the doors and decorative fronts on your existing cabinets so that just the frame remains, and then hanging and attaching new ones. It’s a good project for if you are happy with the general layout of your kitchen or bathroom, and the cabinets are in pretty good condition, but you are tired of the look. Since the job should only take anywhere from two to four days – it’s like home improvement instant gratification.
Finding a good professional is the key to getting the job done to your satisfaction and in a timely manner. A good professional will help you determine what you want the look of your room to be, help you find the proper materials and then complete the job as soon as possible.
1.Find Someone Trustworthy
This is a great time to indulge in little extras to make your life a little easier and your home a little more attractive.
Cabinets help keep your house in order. You need that order to be happy and comfortable in your home. Ask around and seek references so that you won’t get someone who will have you pull everything out of your kitchen cabinets and then leave you in a lurch when it comes time to finish the job.
2.Talk About Budget
How much are you willing to spend for this project? This will play an important role in how fast the job can be completed and what kind of materials you will be using. A quick stroll down the isle of a home improvement store will show that the options for cabinet fronts are endless. Narrow down what you want and what is in your specific budget.
3.Use Good Materials
Cabinets take a lot of wear and tear. You may not want to spend an arm and a leg, but remember you are investing in quality. You don’t want to have to keep paying for spot fixes over and over again. There are roughly three different finishes you can choose from: plastic laminates, rigid thermofoils and wood veneer. Wood is generally the most expensive – it cost on average 10 to 20 percent more, but all three can provide beautiful options for your kitchen.
There is also the issue of glides – one popular option is replacing the old fashion wood center glides replaced with side mounted tracks that open and close with ease.
This is a great time to indulge in little extras to make your life a little easier and your home a little more attractive. Ask your professional about what space saving options you can install in your cabinets. Or, consider changing the hardware to something a little more sleek and modern.
Also, maybe the new look of your cabinets will lead you to want other work done in your kitchen. Ask about countertop and floor work. Maybe you can get a discount for having it all done at once.
5.Do Your Research
Professionals are in the business to make money. You don’t have to be an expert, but try to familiarize yourself with different options and how much they cost. Look online or ask friends how much they paid for their own cabinet refacing work.