Updating Kitchen Cabinets

Updating kitchen cabinets transforms your kitchen into a gathering place for the whole family.
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By: Melissa Webster

Nothing shines a light on a boring, outdated kitchen better than shabby, forgettable kitchen cabinets. Luckily, updating kitchen cabinets is a relatively easy fix that transforms the entire room.

How to Update Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

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Ranging in price from less than $100 all the way up to $20,000+, the possibilities and options for updating your kitchen cabinets are limited only by your imagination. Once you determine your budget, check out the different options to determine which approach is the right fit for you and your needs, and then dive into a whole new kitchen experience you'll love for years to come.

Refinishing, painting or staining kitchen cabinets can be an easy and inexpensive way to make the old look new again—and it's a fun way to upgrade your color scheme and add a touch of flair. It is a process of cleaning the doors, shelves and hardware; sanding and/or stripping the old paint, blemishes and flaws off the surfaces; and adding new paint or stain for a fresh, new look. The cost is usually less than $100, but it can go up depending on the size and scope of the job.

By refacing or resurfacing kitchen cabinets, you're adding a layer of laminate or wood veneer over existing cabinet surfaces for an instant new outward appearance. Such is the variety on this option that you can instantly change the type of wood, color and style for a complete cabinet makeover. For an average-sized kitchen, laminate veneers generally range in cost from $1,000 to $3,000, and wood veneers can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $6,000. More expensive than a simple refinish but much less than a complete remodel, it adds value to your home at an affordable price.

Replacing kitchen cabinets is the most straightforward option for radically updating kitchen cabinets to create an exciting new look. It is also the most expensive, but if you can work it within your budget, it is a worthy investment to increase the value of your home, as well as achieve the most authentic, complete transformation. Replacing kitchen cabinets can range in price on average from $20,000 for a full set of basic cabinets to as high as $75,000+ for high-end custom models.

The difference made by updating the kitchen cabinets will set the tone for the entire home, as the kitchen becomes the favorite gathering place for the whole family.

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