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  • Writer's pictureMiriam Fuchs

Transform Your Kitchen: Don't Reface, Replace!

Updated: Mar 2

When it comes to kitchen remodels, the cabinetry often takes center stage. It's the backbone of your kitchen design, providing both functionality and style. While the temptation to reface your cabinets might be strong, opting to replace them entirely can offer a bunch of benefits that go beyond just aesthetics. Let's explore why replacing your cabinetry is a smart choice for your kitchen remodel.

  1. Quality Matters: When you replace your cabinets, you have the opportunity to invest in high-quality materials that will stand the test of time. Unlike refacing, which often involves covering up existing cabinets with thin veneers, replacing allows you to choose solid wood or durable materials that can withstand daily wear and tear.

  2. Customization Options: One of the limitations of refacing is that it's difficult to change the layout or configuration of your cabinets. By opting to replace, you have the freedom to customize every aspect of your cabinetry, from the layout to the hardware, to suit your specific needs and preferences.

  3. Maximize Storage: If your current cabinets are outdated or inefficiently designed, replacing them presents an opportunity to maximize your kitchen's storage potential. You can choose cabinets with innovative storage solutions, such as pull-out shelves, lazy susan, or built-in organizers, to make the most of your space.

  4. Enhance Your Home's Value: High-quality, well-designed cabinets can significantly increase the value of your home. Potential buyers are often willing to pay a premium for a kitchen with beautiful, functional cabinetry, making cabinet replacement a worthwhile investment in the long run.

  5. Seamless Integration: When you replace your cabinets, you can ensure a seamless integration with the rest of your kitchen design. You have full control over the style, finish, and hardware, allowing you to create a cohesive look that complements your countertops, backsplash, and flooring.

  6. Materials Cost: While refacing might seem like a cheaper option at first glance, especially since it involves covering existing cabinets with veneers or laminate, the quality of materials used in refacing can vary. High-quality veneers and laminates can be expensive, and if you opt for cheaper materials, they may not hold up well over time, leading to the need for repairs or replacements sooner rather than later. On the other hand, when you replace cabinets, you have more control over the materials used, allowing you to choose cost-effective options without compromising on quality.

  7. Time: Many people believe a remodel will take much longer then refacing. However; if you are keeping the existing kitchen layout, a minor remodel can be completed in as little as 7 days. Imagine all new cabinets, countertops and appliances for the same price or less. Not just putting lipstick on a pig as some would call it.

By choosing to replace rather than reface your cabinetry, you can create a kitchen that not only looks beautiful but also functions seamlessly for years to come. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can transform your space into the kitchen of your dreams —one stylish cabinet at a time.

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