Your kitchen cabinets will make up the biggest component of your kitchen renovation. Not only will they play the biggest role in how your kitchen looks and functions when the renovation is complete, they will also be the most expensive item on your home improvement list. When it comes to upgrading your cabinets, you have many options, ranging from high-cost to relatively low. You can get more advice in this kitchen cabinet buying guide.
Here are some options for a kitchen cabinet upgrade.
Custom cabinetry is exquisite. You can have it designed to perfectly match your needs for design and function. Your brand-new cabinets will be built with high-quality materials by expert craftsman and will be built strong, able to last a lifetime. Because they are custom-built, you aren’t limited to a certain layout or design, and you get to choose everything from the wood, hardware and other materials used. Custom cabinets are the most expensive choice, but if you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time, years of enjoyment will make the investment well worth it.
Stock cabinets can be made of wood or a type of laminated particle board. Depending on where you purchase them from, they can be made on a factory assembly line or made in multiples by a large cabinet company. The benefit to stock cabinets is that you can purchase and bring home your cabinets on the same day and don’t have to wait for them to be built before you can start renovating. They are also less expensive than custom cabinets.
Buyers should beware of poorly constructed stock cabinets made of cheap materials. Check that the panels are at least ½ inch thick. With stock cabinets, you are also limited to certain layouts and features in your cabinetry, but if that doesn’t bother you it could be worth the savings.
If your original cabinet boxes are functional and you like the layout of your kitchen, consider cabinet refacing. This is when you replace your dated cabinet doors, drawer fronts and any other exposed panels with new ones. You can totally change the look of your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of custom or even stock cabinetry.
Cabinet refinishing is like cabinet refacing, but instead of replacing those exposed components of your kitchen cabinets, you refinish or paint the ones you have. A professional company that offers cabinet painting Calgary will properly prepare, sand and refinish your cabinets using the stain or paint colour of your choice. This last option is the most affordable and is a smart choice if you have sturdy cabinet boxes, a functional layout and you are renovating on a budget. Read more articles about cabinet refinishing.