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To Reface Or To Replace

 That Is The Kitchen Cabinet Question

By Craig Rowe

Your kitchen needs a makeover and the transformation starts and ends with the cabinets. But how do you know if your cabinets need to be entirely replaced or if just a refacing will suffice? To reface or to replace—that this the burning kitchen cabinet question. The answer lies in the current condition of your existing cabinets.

If the cabinets that are already installed in your kitchen are of poor quality, are not opening and closing properly, and/or are laid out in a fashion that doesn’t appeal to you, then you may want to think about starting from scratch by replacing them. If, on the other hand, your existing kitchen cabinets are well made, properly functioning and well positioned in the room, consider taking advantage of a kitchen cabinet reface. It may save you the bundle you need to devote to other kitchen makeover touches.

Either way, when choosing where to purchase your new kitchen cabinets or kitchen door refacing, look for a cabinetry company that provides a wide array of finishes. Maple, oak and hickory kitchen cabinets are durable and give your kitchen that rich, earthy look. Softer but warmer, cherry and birch kitchen cabinets lend a natural knotted appeal to the room. And for those who would prefer easy cleanup in a more modern flavor and in their choice of color, laminate kitchen cabinets fill the bill.

Deciding whether your kitchen cabinets need to be entirely replaced or a new door reface will do is a task best left in the hands of a built-to-order cabinetry expert. These professionals can not only advise you on the best course of action for your kitchen cabinets, but they can also recommend the material that will turn your kitchen makeover dreams into a reality.

As the world's leading manufacturer of built-to-order cabinetry, KraftMaid leads the way in offering an almost endless selection of door styles, finishes, functional storage solutions and decorative enhancements that allow you to customize your home to suit your style – and your lifestyle with cabinetry “made just for you.”

About the Author: Style meets function to create beautiful, quality cabinetry and furniture for your kitchen, bath and every room in your home. Visit KraftMaid Cabinetry at


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