Remodeling your kitchen is one of the most common home renovations; it is also one of the most expensive. The kitchen is the center of the home and you want it to be warm and inviting, when you decide to sell the kitchen is one of the first place buyers are going to look. Ripping your existing cabinets out an installing brand new one may not be in the budget. You can update your kitchen without spending a small fortune by refinishing your cabinets. Here is how you can save time and money with cabinet refinishing.
Refinishing Can Save Thousands
Even if you plan to do all of the work yourself ripping out all of your cabinetry and replacing it can cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000 and up. If you want an exotic type of wood or need custom sizes then you can add thousands to that total. Kitchen renovations are among the most expensive and many homeowners end up trying to save money with cheaper countertops or flooring. Whereas refinishing the cabinets could free up enough in your budget to spend on painting your counter tops or appliances.
If you own an old Victorian, an older farmhouse, or one of the older Craftsman homes with the original cabinetry then you really don’t want to rip that out. The cabinets in older kitchens were extremely well built and add more value to your home than newer cabinets. They are made from solid hardwood have unique features and people look for original features in older homes.
Quicker and Easier
During the remodel process where you rip the cabinets out there could be days where you don’t have access to a sink or your countertops while the work is being done. Refinishing takes half the time and it’s a lot less work. Even with adding some customizations you don’t have to remove all of your pots and pans, dishes and everything else you have stored in your cabinets. Typically you can get away with just covering up your fine china. If all your refinishing is the cabinet doors you can take those off and do them one at a time.
Doing your part to protect the environment is always a good thing, refinishing your cabinets is one way to do that. As long as your cabinets are sturdy and in good shape then refinishing is ideal. You can make cosmetic changes that will give you the style and color you want without ripping out a perfectly good set of cupboards and dumping them at the curb. You can give your kitchen a complete new look without spending a fortune and you get to protect the environment. It’s win-win.