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Updating Your Kitchen Cabinets: Replace or Reface?

When it comes to updating a kitchen, many of us consider new flooring, chic new appliances, a trendy backsplash and perhaps a few new décor pieces to spice up the space. However, when designing a new kitchen it is extremely important to consider the cabinetry.

Needham black and white kitchen design with functional cabinetsby Venegas and Company

In addition to taking up a large portion of the space, this job can likely be one of the most important (and expensive) investments in any home. One thing to keep in mind is that your kitchen cabinets do not necessarily need to be fully replaced. To save time and money, you may want to consider refacing instead of replacing.

contemporary kitchen cabinetry with wooden furnishingsGigi Olive Interiors / Rat Race Studios photography

Here are some points to consider when making this critical decision:

Do you like the current arrangement of your cabinets? Some kitchens come equipped with too many cabinets which shrink the space and make the space feel tight and crowded. On the other hand, some builders install too few cabinets which might mean you lack necessary storage. If you are experiencing either of these issues, you may need to completely re-arrange your cabinetry – which means a full replacement.

traditional modern kitchen cabinetry in grey with marble countertopsby Jason Ball Interiors

What do you think of the design? Refacing cabinets means replacing the doors and, often, the hardware. However, this won’t change the shape of depth of the cabinets themselves. If you need more space within your cabinetry, you may need an entire replacement. However, if you want the look of new cabinets without the effort of demolition and a full reconstruction, new doors and new hardware can achieve that concept.

Kitchen with Wooden Tile Backsplash and wooden cabinetryby Green Line Architects / Brent Moss Photography

Lastly, what is the quality of the material? All too often, builders skimp on cabinet materials in order to save money. This happens in even the most luxurious of homes. However, top quality cabinetry can add value to your home. If you’re dealing with low quality cabinets then you may want to consider a full replacement as it will probably eventually be a necessity anyway.

white kitchen cabinetry with wooden furnishings and green wallsby Crisp Architects

Don’t forget – sometimes all it takes to freshen up your kitchen cabinetry is a fresh coat of paint.

Meanwhile, some more kitchen cabinetry design ideas

Maple Wood Kitchen Cabinetsby CliqStudios

elegance meets contemporary - kitchen cabinetsby IBDNJ

sleek modern kitchen cabinetsby w.b. builders

Sask Cres Kitchen with black cabinetryby Atmosphere Interior Design

ultra contemporary kitchen cabinets design ideasPort Washington Residence

diy wooden kitchen cabinetry, kitchen storageby Richard Bubnowski Design

contemporary wooden kitchen furniture with fancy cabinetsby Old World Kitchens / Photography: Bob Young

streamline modern and fresh with functional cabinetryby DKOR Interiors

kitchen cabinets and highly modern backsplashby Peter Rose Architecture and Interiors

Creative Kitchen Cabinets and Faux Finishesby Creative Cabinets and Faux Finishes

white traditional kitchen cabinetsby Dilworth’s Custom Design

european kitchen cabinets and shelving unitsby European Cabinets & Design Studios

new york loft - large kitchen with modern cabinetsby Chelsea Atelier Architect

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