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A guide to choosing kitchen cabinets

 

A guide to choosing kitchen cabinets

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A guide to choosing kitchen cabinets
News from News & Observer:

Cabinets can devour the bulk of a budget during a kitchen remodel. Because they are a major investment, sort through the available options and make choices with confidence.

If existing cabinets are of good quality, in excellent working condition and the layout functions well, the most affordable option is to simply paint or restain them. Another alternative, refacing, involves installing a new veneer on the exterior of the cabinet box and replacing the doors and drawer fronts, and should be handled by a professional.

If you decide to reface rather than replace cabinets, be forewarned: Doors and drawer fronts account for the greatest expense.

“Sixty to 70 percent of the cost of the cabinet is the door,” said Jeff Cannata, past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. “So if you’re paying someone to put a new door on or a new drawer in … it might be more affordable to purchase all-new cabinets.” And with new cabinets, there’s a bonus: the freedom to explore different kitchen layouts.

Once the decision has been made to install new cabinets, there are other choices ahead. Are custom cabinets required, or will stock cabinets fit the bill? Custom cabinets are built to exact specifications and offer endless design possibilities. This option requires the longest lead time and is the most expensive.

Semi-custom cabinets are ju…………… continues on News & Observer

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Ask Angie: Reglazing is the best way to update kitchen cabinets
News from Lexington Herald Leader:

Angie Hicks is the founder of Angie’s List (http://www.angieslist.com), a website that collects about 40,000 consumer reports each month covering more than 350 categories of home-related services. (MCT)

Handout — MCT

Dear Angie: I am looking to have my kitchen cabinets painted. My neighbor had terrible results with peeling paint, leaving me a bit nervous. My cabinets are in good shape with a tough factory finish. I have heard that surface preparation is critical with these finishes for the paint to adhere properly and take the beating and wiping that cabinets must take. What do you recommend? — Robin W., Pittsburgh.

Dear Robin: Experts I’ve spoken with don’t recommend painting your cabinets with a traditional paint, just as they don’t recommend painting a car the same way.

Here’s the problem: Most cabinets today have laminate fronts, so sanding and painting those probably will end up with less-than-ideal results.

Technically, you could lightly sand and paint over a solid wood cabinet, but wood cabinets can still be susceptible to warping and peeling; plus putting the wrong type of paint on could lead to poor results.

If you’re serious about painting and have solid wood cabinets, I recommend consulting…………… continues on Lexington Herald Leader

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