Cabinets – New Or Refinish?

Renovating your kitchen is one of the most essential home improvement steps you can take to add value to your home. A small adjustment or remodel to your kitchen can make a huge difference when you aim to sell the property. If you have no plans on moving but are looking for an upgrade, the kitchen is a classic place to start. After all, you spend a large portion of your time at home either in or near the kitchen. According to the USDA, the average person spends up to 43 minutes a day in the kitchen on food preparation and clean up alone. Of course, you’ll want it to look beautiful.

The kitchen is one of the costliest, in terms of construction when the home is being built. We’ve got great news for you: You don’t need a major or expensive renovation to get the new kitchen you’re hoping for. Something as simple as painting and refacing your cabinets will go a long way toward sprucing and livening up your home. By changing up your cabinets, you pay a fraction of the cost of a full kitchen remodel, and still get a brand-new aesthetic. You have a limitless range of options when deciding how to style the new cabinets. There are other benefits as well. It takes significantly less time to install and you can still use the kitchen while the refacing is being done. Too often, structurally sound, and perfectly good cabinets are tossed out, when they could have just been altered.

Painting is lumped into a category known as “Refinishing.” That involves removing the doors and anything inside the cabinets, stripping away the old paint, and sanding the cabinets down. Since the cupboards likely have years of use, they will have accumulated grease and dirt that alters the paintable surface area. The cabinets need to be completely bare and squeaky clean before priming and painting can start. This process needs to be done professionally and correctly, or you could end up with paint that has clumps, is uneven, doesn’t show its true quality, or chips easily.

Refacing is merely replacing the doors, drawer fronts, and handles, without actually removing the cabinets themselves. In the process of refacing, the cabinet sides are skinned, the doors and drawers are removed, and the front portions of the cabinet boxes are given a new base. During this whole process, the boxes of the drawers remain intact. You pick out a veneer that suits your fancy, be it a natural wood look, Thermofoil, or a custom finish. If the hinges are in good condition, they can be cleaned and reused; otherwise, new ones will be added during the refacing. Some people also choose to pick out new handles and other accessories like lighting or crown molding.

The amount you’ll pay for refacing or refinishing will depend a lot on the size of your kitchen, the quality of materials you pick, and the cost of any accessories or upgrades you want to be included. You have many options when you embark on a refacing or painting job. Laminate is usually the least expensive pick for a cabinet finish; a beautiful, high-quality veneer is a middle-tier price point, and genuine wood can wind up reasonably expensive but makes for an amazing finish. Remember, the cabinets have the most significant impact on the appearance of your kitchen than any other appliance or area. This is an area you’ll be using for years. Keep in mind, the investment you make in your kitchen has a massive impact on the market value of your home. HGTV estimates you can go into a kitchen remodel expecting to recoup up to 120% of your investment.

Rather than try to renovate yourself and running the risk of creating a larger and more expensive job than you had planned, or potentially doing costly damage to your home, let the experts at EmeraldPro Painting take care of this project for you. We will talk with you and figure out exactly what you want, so you get the custom design you’re envisioning. The work we do will be so stunning that you will be glad you chose EmeraldPro Paint. Call us today and set up a design and color consultation.