As we get closer to the new year, many people plan on spicing up their kitchens the following year with a kitchen remodel. However, there are many things to take into consideration when completing a remodel, such as your budget, personal taste and what type of cabinetry you want. It’s also important to know the pros and cons that replacing, refacing and refinishing offer when remodeling your cabinets, and how they influence the design and budget. Find out what else you need to consider during a kitchen remodel with this guide!
Tips For A Successful Kitchen Remodel
Everyone knows that a kitchen remodel is an investment, but many could have a more enjoyable and successful experience if they followed a few simple tips. When it comes to creating a new kitchen for your home, one of the most important aspects to consider is your budget. The appliances, products and materials that you use can be costly, especially if you change your mind last minute about the overall design that you’re wanting to produce. A realistic budget for most homes falls between 6 and 10% of the overall home value. In fact, most people who set a budget of 10% end up realizing a return on that investment when their home sells in the future. Make sure that you establish a strict, specific budget BEFORE you start buying appliances and materials so that you don’t accidentally go over the amount you’re wanting to spend. Secondly, it’s good to know your personal taste preferences and draw up a plan of the end product before you buy materials and accent pieces. It’s really difficult to throw random looks together and try to make them work if you haven’t first designed blueprints with your kitchen’s existing layout, infrastructure and other specifications accounted for. Once you have a design plan ready, then you can match accessory pieces to it later on without overwhelming the entire look. Lastly, one of the first things that people notice when they walk into a remodeled kitchen is the cabinetry. Outdated, worn-out or improperly stained cabinets can ruin a kitchen remodel and be costly to replace. Review your current cabinets before the remodel to check for signs of water damage and other harm that would necessitate a replacement. Fortunately, there are many different ways that you can remodel them without ruining your budget or overall design. How you update your cabinetry will greatly impact your budget so it’s good to know what options are available to you so that you can make an educated choice.
The Difference Between Replacing, Refacing & Refinishing
While replacing cabinets is an easy way to update your kitchen, that’s not the only option available. Replacing allows you to pick the exact cabinets that you want for your kitchen, but they can be extremely pricey and time consuming to install. For custom cabinets, some remodels can cost upwards of $25,000-$30,000. This alone will exceed your kitchen remodel budget and you haven’t even redone the flooring or countertops! yet For homeowners who can’t afford to spend that much, you can choose between two cheaper alternatives: refacing and refinishing. Refacing installs new cabinet doors and drawer fronts but doesn’t replace the cabinetry frames. The exposed frame fronts are typically updated with a plastic veneer or wood that matches its same color, and new molding is attached to trim the exposed sides of the upper cabinets so that they look clean and professional. For the easiest and cheapest way to remodel your kitchen cabinets, refinishing is the way to go. Refinishing focuses on applying a finish to your original cabinet doors, drawers and frames to create a unique look that can’t be replicated by fabricated cabinets found in home improvement stores. You can choose what color or stain you’d like to finish your cabinets with, and it’ll be done in less than a week from start to finish. That means you have the majority of your kitchen remodel done in a week, whereas other homes can take months to complete. While replacing, refacing and refinishing each have their pros and cons when it comes to a successful kitchen remodel, you need to choose the one that is best for your kitchen layout, personal taste and budget so that you’ll be happy with the end look.
Get The Most Bang For Your Buck With A New Finish
If your cabinets are in good shape, the best and cheapest option to update your cabinetry will be to refinish them. As mentioned previously, refinishing your cabinets can be completed between 4 and 6 days, which lets you get back into your kitchen quicker than any other type of cabinet remodel. The process begins by washing, hand-sanding, priming and caulking the doors, drawers and frames before applying 3 coats of a high-end acrylic coating to create a durable and stain-resistant look. This process ensures that your cabinets will be easy to clean, are protected from water damage and won’t crack, peel or fade over time. You can choose from a variety of colors when deciding on a finish, and that gives you the ability to match your finish exactly to the rest of your kitchen, including the flooring and countertops. It lets you control how your cabinets look, and you can add your own unique taste to them. Refinishing is even cheaper than refacing, plus it easily increases the value of your home without having to sacrifice money that you need to fix other areas of your kitchen.
Create Your Dream Kitchen With Our Help!
At Summit Cabinet Coatings, we specialize in refinishing kitchen cabinets to create a unique, personalized look for our client’s kitchens that can’t be duplicated. Whether you want a simple kitchen remodel or a look that’s non-traditional and distinctive, we can help! Call our office at (970) 282-9856 for a FREE estimate on your next cabinet project. Don’t complete your kitchen remodel on your own-schedule a consultation with Summit Cabinet Coatings to design the cabinets that you deserve!