||Updating or replacing
kitchen cabinets is an effective way to give any
kitchen a facelift. However, there’s a lot
of decisions that need to be made when it comes
to your new kitchen cabinets.
Totally New, or a New Face?
Do you need totally new
kitchen cabinets, or would simply updating the
doors and fronts of drawers do? There are two ways
to update your cabinets without actually getting
new cabinets. The first is refacing the cabinets,
which means taking the doors off, taking the fronts
of the drawers off, and replacing them with new
materials. For many people who like the structure
and layout of their cabinets, this is a good way
to quickly achieve a new look in the kitchen without
actually having to do any demolition.
Another way to give your cabinets an updated look
quickly is to paint or refinish the cabinets. In
this approach, of course, the shape and overall
look of the cabinets is retained, but they’re
given a new cosmetic look. This is a great option
if it’s just a matter of having dark and wanting
light or vice versa.
Custom or Stock?
If you do decide to get new cabinets, you’ll
need to decide whether you’re going to get
cabinetry or stock cabinetry. Custom cabinetry
is built to your specifications, so if you have
a kitchen that doesn’t have average measurements
within it, custom may be the way to go. Custom cabinets
are also good if you have a great deal of qualities
you want presents in the cabinets that may not be
standard, such as special features that relate to
your cooking. Stock cabinetry is cabinetry that
you buy at the store that is built to common specifications.
Stock cabinetry will work in most kitchens, but
it is not custom built to your specs, so your kitchen
has to be the right shape and size for this to work.
In terms of budget, stock is more affordable than
What type of style are you looking to achieve in
the kitchen? Cabinets are one of the most overwhelming
visual aspects of a kitchen, so it’s important
to keep in mind that the cabinets you choose are
going to largely determine the overall look and
feel of the kitchen. Do want modern and sleek? Warm
and traditional? Knowing what you want to go for
in the kitchen and in the rest of the home will
help you make the best decisions when it comes to
picking out the style of your new cabinets.
The hardware you choose for your cabinets will also
work to determine the overall look and feel of the
kitchen. What types of pulls do you want? What types
of knobs, handles, and finishes? It’s important
to create a look that is seamless within the kitchen,
so choosing ultra modern cabinets and traditional
hardware might be a no-no. If you have questions
about what types of hardware would pair best with
a particular set of cabinets, consult a designer
at the kitchen showroom you’re shopping at.
They should be able to help.