Cabinet Refacing Materials

Cabinet refacing can be a cheap way to refresh your cabinetry without having to totally replace them. It can be a long project that involves some serious work or it might be as simple as replacing the cabinet hardware. It all depends on how much work is needed to get your cabinets to a satisfactory condition. There is a wide variety of color and finishing options for kitchen cabinet refacing materials.

The quality and cost vary according to the finish material used in refacing the cabinetry. There are three basic materials used in most kitchen refacing projects. These are plastic laminates, wood veneer and rigid thermofoils.

Plastic Laminates

Plastic laminate is the cheapest option. It also has the lowest quality in overall appearance. The wood grains aren’t very realistic. It’s fairly easy to tell the difference between the laminates and natural wood, even from a distance.

Wood Veneer

Wood veneer looks more realistic than either plastic laminate or rigid thermofoil. It is the most popular choice for adding the beauty and warmth of wood to the kitchen. It is also the most expensive option in refacing. Wood veneer is available in nearly every wood tone. The most popular are maple, oak, birch and cherry woods.

Rigid Thermofoils

These consist of fiberboard material covered with a pressure molded vinyl foil. There are fewer solid colors and wood grain choices in this material. The wood grains are more realistic in appearance when compared to plastic laminates at a distance. The look isn’t as good when you are looking at them close up.

Trends in Cabinet Refacing

As most visually dominant feature of the room, cabinets tend to get a good amount of attention from homeowners and get a large part of the remodeling budget. Any changes made to them could make the most dramatic statement. There are trends in the cabinet industry, like anything else that can be used to make your refaced cabinets current.

The lighter hues of fruitwood and oak have been replaced by cabinetry finishes like Amaretto, Java, Chestnut and Bordeaux while the classic richness of cherry and maple remain famous to updated homeowners and designers. So if you love wood and want to be stylish, the timeless appeal of maple or cherry would work perfectly.

Though genuine antique kitchen cabinets would be great, the antique trend does not require them to be truly antique. Brushing techniques can be used to achieve that popular antiqued look which is basically a glazed or distressed finish mimicking that of well-loved furniture pieces. Glazing makes up for a great alternative to having naked wood doors since inlays are already out.

Clean and contemporary lines are still in when it comes to kitchen cabinet style trends. Mission style is currently standing out with the geometric sleekness but still welcoming feel that it offers.

Style trends in kitchen designs still dictate an airier look and feel. With this, cutting down on wall cabinets and opening up more space through maximized lighting is the way to go.

It is important that you assess everything first before jumping into replacing and improving the look of the kitchen cabinets. Being the building blocks of the kitchen which is the strongest selling point of homes, do not be afraid to invest.

Other Changes

The kitchen and the bathroom are perhaps the most important living spaces in your home. And if you're unhappy with either of them, the quickest, most cost-effective way to make an immediate impact is cabinet resurfacing. Other updates can be easily done at the same time.

This is a good time to replace the countertops. The old ones will need to be taken out and put back anyway. If the counters are in good shape, it’s not a problem to put them back. If they are worn or not really what you want in the new kitchen, this is a good time to invest in new ones.

This is also a good time to have a new sink installed. New sinks and counters will give your kitchen a complete makeover. It is important that you assess everything first before jumping into replacing and improving the look of the kitchen cabinets.