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The Quick Kitchen Facelift

Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t have to mean $20,000 spent on all new materials, weeks (or even months) without the use of your kitchen, or a massive, dusty mess making its way through the rest of your home.

The simple fact is that you can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen just by modifying your cabinetry. It’s cheap, it’s easy and it won’t take a lot of your time.

There are three basic ways that you can get a brand-new kitchen look with only a weekend’s worth of labor:

Hardly an Investment

Hardware is such a small portion of your kitchen, yet it makes a huge impact on the room’s appearance. Over time, the door and drawer knobs and pulls start to show their age, get dusty and grimy, break apart, or are generally no longer exciting. For just a few dollars per knob, you can select brand-new hardware to spruce up your cabinets. Just make sure it’ll match the holes left by your old set.

Clearly a Good Option

Give your kitchen the touch of glass with beautiful glass inserts. Many kitchen cabinet doors are comprised of a frame and a panel. These panels can be removed with little or no damage to the frame. You may want to hire a professional to do this for you, but you can most likely replace that plywood or solid wood panel with a glass panel. There are countless decorative panels to choose from, including plain glass, leaded glass, stained glass, textured glass or other designs. You may have to keep your cabinets more organized, but this is a great way to give your kitchen some pizzazz.

Two-Faced Treatment

Another job for your friendly neighborhood contractor is completely refacing your cabinets. This costs a bit more than the other two choices, but will entirely change the look of your kitchen (and still costs much less than full-on replacement).

What happens here is that the contractor will simply remove all of your cabinet doors and drawer fronts, leaving your old cabinetry framework intact. You can then select any style of cabinet you like - laminate, wood, melamine, etc. If the new style doesn’t go with your existing frames, you can have the old frames re-stained, painted or paneled to match.

Then, the new doors and drawer fronts are installed, and voila! Brand-new kitchen.

Even better, you could have some of the cabinets refaced with glass fronts and get all new hardware. Beautiful and inexpensive.

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