REFACE! There are so many hot features on trend for kitchens in 2013 that I could never fit them all into one post, but perhaps the biggest is cabinet refacing. There are two methods of refacing your cabinets, either by veneering or by painting. Refacing cabinets, not replacing is in because people are watching their budgets and refacing can be a minimal process by just changing cabinet doors while keeping the original cabinet structure. It’s a much less expensive option. The biggest determining factors when deciding whether to reface or replace are if you are satisfied with your existing kitchen layout and if your existing cabinet frames are in decent shape. Let’s talk Veneer. Veneering means that thin slices of wood are glued onto the core panels, and then can be stained whatever color you choose. Often it’s interpreted as a lesser quality version of the real thing and in some cases, this is true, but in fact, veneers have come a long way over the years. Exotic veneers and their striking patterns are found in today’s well-designed homes and create a clean, sleek styling. The other option is to paint your cabinets (but for most, not in pop art “Marilyns” and Campbell’s Soup cans). The first photo I posted is quite the attention grabber, eh? LOL, Indeed it is, and it got you reading this. While it’s certainly not for everyone, it does illustrate how creative you can be when refacing your cabinets. Painting your kitchen cabinets can bring about a great change and give your kitchen an entirely new personality! Also consider taking a hybrid approach by varying the colors and providing some contrast and visual interest. For instance some of the photos demonstrate using a darker color on the base cabinets and a softer color or white on the upper cabinets. There are a multitude of options here, just be sure you love the color(s)! Reface in 2013!
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