article

New Designs In Cabinet Refacing

By Kerrie Kelly, ASID via Realty Times

bluehammer

You may be one of the fortunate homeowners whose kitchen just needs an update instead of a full remodel. Cabinet refacing is an economical option that can give your kitchen a quick makeover in no time. Rather than gutting your cabinets and replacing them with new ones, cabinet refacing allows you to update the exterior of the cabinets you already have. It's also a fabulous way to add contemporary design elements to your space, both with cabinet doors, colors and hardware. Let's take a look at the latest designs in cabinet refacing.

Beginning Steps

Before starting a project, determine if cabinet refacing is the best fit for your existing space, budget and long term plans. Refacing is an economical option for updating your kitchen's aesthetic, but it relies on your existing cabinets' framework.

bluehammer

If there is extensive damage or signs of wear that could impact the longevity of the cabinets, a full remodel with new cabinetry may be a more sensible option. The cabinetry body should be able to withstand the refacing project and last at least 10 years. If your cabinetry was built with less durable materials or outdated craftsmanship, it may be better to look into a full upgrade instead.

A Modern Approach

Utilize sleek designs and contemporary finishes when refacing your cabinetry to bring a modern touch to the heart of your home. Glossy cabinets can be paired with angular polished nickel pulls for a unique balance of sophistication and subtlety.

bluehammer

When it comes to modern style, the simpler, the better. If you're looking to make the complete jump to modern design, consider a frameless, full-overlay style cabinet when refacing. This style is used in most modern kitchens because it's much more streamlined that a flush-inset cabinet and adds an extra bit of sheen.

Add contrast with a spectrum of colors or finishes, and don't be afraid to take advantage of pre-painted or repurposed options that give your kitchen space a little oomph. In homes where existing kitchens seem overtly traditional, contemporary cabinet styles and remodeled elements like beveled subway backsplash and consistent finishes help add a modern spark.

To finish the look, keep the accessories and added accents to a minimum - mirrored glass, smooth textures and organic materials are the perfect complements to this kitchen style.

Totally Transitional

The key to creating a transitional oasis is to play up crispness and natural surfaces. When refacing your cabinetry, look for styles that have a streamlined look just short of an ultra-modern aesthetic. For example, simple paneled doors made of wood with sleek hardware are the perfect transitional combination. Transitional kitchens also pair beautifully with glass paneled cabinet doors and toppers that bring the look of cabinetry up to the ceiling for a statuesque finish.

bluehammer

Another style that fits this aesthetic is the classic Shaker door. It can be brought up to date by pairing contemporary elements like sleek bronze hardware with bright white Shaker cabinetry or a warm, classic wood finish.

Wrap up your refacing project by paying attention to extra details that show off your new cabinets. A clean, neutral color palette is very characteristic of a transitional space, and typically features a monochromatic yet warm look with just a few bold punches of colors through accessories, dishes and upholstered furnishings like chairs or stools.

Time for Traditional

Take your traditional kitchen to the next level with classic detailing and design elements that spark nostalgia. Architectural details are important to maintaining a traditional aesthetic. A bit of embellishment or adornment speaks volumes in a classic space, and any way to add moldings, arches and raised paneling is encouraged. Crown molding and posts add a mature look as well as much-needed depth and dimension. Beadboarding and paneling are great ways to bring the traditional aesthetic to your kitchen without having to add too many other elements.

bluehammer

Other ways to create a classic aesthetic through refacing include glazed or antique finishes, flush inset or framed paneling and decorative door inserts. Then, take your kitchen from zero to 60 with a classic apron-front sink, ornate decorative lighting and a metal, plaster or stone range hood to pull out all of the traditional stops.

All of the styles mentioned above feature new and evolving trends in the kitchen cabinetry world. Easy to install and even easier to love, refaced cabinets bring a whole new world of design elements to any kitchen remodel, from modern approaches like overlay designs to a traditional setting featuring antique finishes and classic beadboard techniques. What are some new refacing designs that you would add to your own kitchen?

Want to estimate your home improvement costs before talking with a contractor? Claim your home for free with bluehammer to estimate costs, secure your home inventory and learn more about your home.

* THIS REPORT IS AN OPINION THAT MAY BE INACCURATE AND IS PROVIDED SOLELY AS AN INFORMATIONAL TOOL NOT DESIGNED TO PROVIDE DEFINITIVE ANSWERS. ALL ELEMENTS ARE OFFERED “AS IS” AND BLUEBOOK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, AND GUARANTEES OF ANY NATURE, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABLITILY, NONINFRINGEMENT, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, ACCURACY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL BLUEBOOK (OR THEIR SUPPLIERS) BE LIABLE FOR ANY GENERAL, DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE RESULTING FROM USE OF THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING : (1) RELIANCE ON THE MATERIALS PRESENTED, (2) COSTS OF REPLACEMENT GOODS, (3) LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, (4) DELAYS OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTIONS, (5) AND ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF INFORMATION) WHETHER OR NOT BLUEBOOK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Know what you should pay for your home improvement projects with bluehammer.Claim your home. It's free!

Popular


Chimney Liners: Does Your Home Have One - Do You Even Need One?

You rely on your chimney being safe. Whether you use your fireplace for wood-burning fires, you have a furnace that vents through your chimney, you utilize a wood stove or gas insert, your chimney needs to be able to handle heat and sparks without allowing damage to your home. Stone or brick chimneys can be made safer with a flue lining that helps to move heat and gases up and out of your home.

Exterminating Pests: A Guide to Family-Friendly IPM Pest Warfare

Your home is a safe haven for your family, a harbor from the rough waters of life, an abode full of treasured memories and love. But sometimes it can become a home for uninvited guests of the six-legged variety. When this occurs, it's time to take action. Addressing and preventing pest infestations keeps your family healthy and staves off potential damages to your home. Here are the steps necessary to take before and after noticing signs of pests in your home.

Home Insurance 101: The Fundamentals of Home Quality

Buying a home represents one of the biggest purchases that an individual can make in his or her lifetime. As such, the decision should not be taken lightly, and you'll want to review many factors as you search for your dream residence.

Bright Ideas: How to Light Up Your Rooms

These clever tricks banish dim interiors and dark corners, and usher natural light into the house.

9 Places to Shop Online For Furniture and Home Furnishings

These days, there isn't much we don't shop for online. But if you have been hesitant to buy your furniture and other home items with a few clicks instead of being able to walk into a store and see them in person, it might be time to rethink that strategy. With so many great sites that offer easy delivery (and returns) and tons of reviews that can give you confidence in your purchase, furnishing or updating your home online is easier than ever. We have curated a few of our favorite sites.

Clever Ways To Create More Storage In Your Kitchen

Who doesn't need more storage in the kitchen? You may not have a massive space with dozens of cabinets and yards of countertops, but that doesn't mean you don't have the space you need to store all your stuff. Use a few of these clever tricks and you might be surprised how much extra room you can create.

Best New Security Tips To Keep Your Home Safe While You're On Vacation

Nothing kills your vacation buzz like getting a call from the police back home letting you know your home has been burglarized. Basic home security tips are great, but safety measures are continually evolving, with new and more refined ways to keep you and your home safe.

Tips For Selecting An Interior Door

Take a minute to count the number of doors in your house. Surprising, right? Consider then, the impact that a little attention to the doors can have on the overall style and design of your home. Whether you're just moving in or staging for a sale, new doors are a simple way to dramatically update the space. The good news is that there are as many styles of doors as there are doors in your home. Making the decision is the toughest part.

Replacing Your Washing Machine

With moving parts, water and dirt, washing machines perform some tough work.

Keeping Your Heating and Cooling Systems (HVAC) Running Great

Having your HVAC system checked yearly by a professional is good practice. You can also perform regular maintenance to help keep your heating and cooling system running its best.

See More Articles