Are your kitchen cupboards dingy, broken or in need of a designer’s artistic touch? Undeniably one of the biggest changes you can make to your kitchen is to update or replace your cabinets. Whether you’re just tired of looking at the same old thing day after day or you want to change the layout of the cabinets in your kitchen, you have many options to find the flair you’re after.
Your first job should be deciding between keeping your existing cabinets and remodeling them or completely replacing them with new ones. Consider your budget as well as the condition of your cabinets. If your current cupboards are sound and the layout is working for you, perhaps some minor changes are all you need to freshen up the space. If the cabinets are in bad condition or the layout is driving you crazy, maybe it’s time to haul the old ones out and start over—if your budget allows for this significant expense.
Repaint or Reface for Your Kitchen Remodel?
Let’s consider some of the changes you can make to your old cabinets. Many homeowners have opted for a new stain or paint job with good results. This is an economical solution but will still completely change the look of your kitchen.
A step up is to go for the option of refacing your cabinets. This involves installing a new veneer on the outside of your cabinet box and replacing the doors and drawer fronts, allowing you to take advantage of updated styles, colors and finishes in cabinetry décor. A much quicker option than replacing your cabinets, this can usually be completed in just a few days, and you won’t have to send out for pizza every night. Your kitchen will still be functional during the remodel. Refacing the cabinets is often best left to your kitchen remodeling specialist.
Kitchen Redesign with New Cupboards
If you’ve decided there’s just no saving the old cupboards and you’re ready to splurge on new ones, first decide if you want to change the layout of your kitchen. Now’s your chance to fix the things that have bugged you and to make the kitchen into the space of your dreams. Set an appointment with your local remodeling expert to discuss kitchen cabinet designs.
Figure out what will work for your lifestyle and budget. You have several decisions ahead of you. You will need to decide if you want stock, semicustom or custom cabinets. Stock are premade, come in standard sizes and are the least expensive. Semicustom are a mix of premade and customizable cabinets. Custom cabinets are built to your specifications and your choices of colors, finishes and accessories—and they have the price tag to show for it.
Framed or Frameless?
A final consideration is choosing the type of cabinet construction. Framed cabinets are the traditional choice and are built with a front frame around the opening. Frameless cabinets, also called European-style cabinets, are often chosen by those favoring a contemporary look. Since they have no front frame, they offer free access to the interior of the cabinet and more storage space. Finally, choose between the traditional overlay, full overlay and inset doors.
Once you have all the basics figured out, you can be even more creative in choosing features and accessories for the cabinets. For example, do you want pull-out drawers, a special pantry or maybe a recycling-designated cabinet? What kind of organizers would you like to purchase for the cabinets? Artsy door and drawer pulls will add even more pizzazz to your space.
Whether you decide to refurbish or completely replace your cupboards, your new space will inspire your creative cooking endeavors for years to come!