It’s a common question: should I reface or replace my kitchen? Sometimes the answer isn’t too hard to arrive at, especially if it comes down to budget and time. While a total kitchen renovation would generally be most homeowner’s ultimate choice, it’s not always practical or affordable. Refacing is a budget-friendly and very effective way of breathing new life into a kitchen that’s a bit tired or outdated… or both! If you are fixing up your property for resale, refacing may be your best option. It’s a quick and cheap way to achieve a kitchen makeover without doing too much damage to the back pocket!
So, what does kitchen refacing really mean?
As the name suggests, refacing simply means giving your existing kitchen cabinetry a cosmetic makeover. If your cabinetry is sturdy, functional and practical, refacing is a relatively cheap way to totally transform the look and feel of your kitchen. Believe us when we say a change of colour, style, and hardware can modernize a kitchen almost beyond recognition! Depending on your level of skill and experience, you may be able to accomplish the reface yourself. However, if you’re not a confident DIYer you may be better to arrange for a professional team to do the job for you.
The first step towards your refacing project is to evaluate your existing cabinetry and decide how you wish to upgrade it:
- are the carcasses sound and in good condition?
- can the existing door and drawer fronts be stripped back and repainted?
- do you need to replace the door and drawer fronts?
- are you going to apply a veneer to the existing door and drawer fronts?
Obviously, to make the job easier and keep the bulk of the mess out of the kitchen, the door and drawer fronts will have to be removed. Sometimes it’s simply a case of replacing the existing door and drawer fronts with new ones. In other situations, the old ones can be re-used.
Solid wooden cabinetry is easy to sand back and repaint: those antiquated old timber doors and drawer fronts can take on a totally new appearance with a coat of fresh colour! (Remember that a light palette will help to create a vibrant and spacious feel, whereas dark colours are great for creating a rich, moody ambiance).
A veneer is simply a decorative layer of thin wood applied to an existing surface. If your cabinetry is sound, applying a wooden veneer is a fantastic way to achieve a complete kitchen makeover. With the right tools and a bit of elbow grease, an experienced DIYer can complete this job without too much trouble.
Door and drawer handles are easy to update and make a huge difference to the whole cosmetic appeal of your kitchen. Your local hardware store or kitchen supplier is sure to have samples to choose from so why not complete your kitchen update with this finishing touch?
For more information about refacing your existing kitchen, talk to the team at Wonderful Kitchens on (02) 9772 2988. We love creating beautiful, budget-friendly kitchens that are a pleasure to work in!