Perhaps you just bought your home and the kitchen needs to be customized to your liking or maybe you’ve had your present kitchen for a long time and feel it’s time for a change.Whether you’re thinking of a simple kitchen update or a major renovation the cabinetry is usually the number one thing homeowners want to change. But, depending on your budget, looking at the price of all new cabinetry and countertops may be a daunting experience, especially if you’re planning new appliances as well. New cabinets can sometimes wipe out the entire budget. But you do have some options. One option is called “hybrid” refacing.
If you want to keep your layout, your cabinet’s interior is in good shape and it’s just the exterior you wish to change refacing can be a lifesaver. Refacing can give you a new kitchen in just a few days by applying paneling in your new finish color to the flat parts of the cabinet and then beautiful new wood doors to match. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s painless! This is a very good option for those on a limited budget or just starting out and planning to redo the kitchen a little at a time as you can afford it. It’s also a good option if you don’t want to change your countertop, sink and faucet—these things are completely undisturbed.
But what if traditional refacing won’t work for you? Hybrid refacing is a very good option. If there’s rot, cracks, or water damage in some of your cabinets, or if they are simply falling apart refacing isn’t a good option, these types of cabinets need to be replaced. But with hybrid refacing you can reface the cabinets that are good canadates for refacing and replace the cabinets that are not. This special option will still save money because you won’t have to replace all of your cabinets. You have much more freedom with this method. You could have your upper cabinets refaced with glass insert doors, for example, install accent lighting and elegant moldings or embellishments. And buy new lower cabinets that will exactly match. Or you could have some refaced, and replace some with great new specialty cabinets like pantry cabinets, pull out racks for spices and seasonings, or wall ovens which are installed in special cabinets and have a cooktop installed. You can also add appliance panels for your refrigerator and dishwasher which gives a kitchen a very custom high-end look. Or reface existing cabinets and with the money saved add a fantastic new island.
If you are planing to remodel part of the kitchen you might only need to replace the cabinets in the new area and have the rest refaced to match the new ones. You could open your kitchen to a dining area or family room by removing a wall and add a new island or peninsula to define one space from the other while keeping it open. With hybrid refacing you can change you kitchen layout. And if you’ve been admiring kitchens with mixed finishes—two different colors of paint or paint and natural wood finishes together, this is a great time to take the plunge. With hybrid refacing the possibilities are endless! And the money you save can mean some new built-in appliances or a new floor!