Cabinet refacing is the perfect solution for anyone who is looking to transform the look of their kitchen without spending out on a complete refit. There are a couple of ways that you can reface your kitchen cabinets. In terms of the effort and skill required, both are fairly straight forward and the jobs are relatively quick ones to complete. Both methods are also economical yet effective ways to give the heart of your home a facelift.
Things to Consider Before You Begin
If your kitchen is basically in good condition, you may not want to replace doors so think about veneering them. If however, the bodies of your cabinets are fine but the doors are beyond repair, you’d be better off considering new ones.
Self Adhesive Veneer Sheeting
Self adhesive veneer sheeting is widely available and offers a great choice when it comes to design. For a more traditional look, you might prefer to opt for oak or pine effect veneers which mimic the color tone and grain of natural wood. Self-adhesive veneer sheeting is easy to cut to size with a utility knife. The adhesive is strong and the finish is highly durable.
You can use veneer for the body of your cabinets and replace existing doors with new ones that match the body veneer. Alternatively, you can veneer your old cabinet doors if you don’t want to replace them completely. Changing the handles or knobs on your kitchen cabinet doors and drawers will help complete the new look.
If you are aiming for a more streamlined or modern look in your kitchen, replace any existing paneled doors with minimalist designs that don’t have elaborate features. Remember that less is often more! Brushed steel or chrome effect handles will add a sleek finishing touch to your new contemporary style kitchen. For variation, you might include a couple of glazed doors to add interest to the room.
Self Adhesive Printed Vinyl Papers
This is a really quick fix for kitchens that are basically sound but require a fresh look. Self adhesive printed vinyl papers are available in a range of designs. The vinyl is suitable for covering all areas of the cabinets and any doors with flat fascias. It’s not a suitable technique for doors that have intricate beveling as the vinyl won’t adhere neatly to non-flat surfaces.
Self-adhesive printed vinyl papers come in rolls and leave a wipe clean surface once applied. Preparation is of your cabinets is straightforward. Just make sure that surfaces are completely free from grease and have been lightly sanded before application. With printed vinyl papers, you really can let your imagination run riot.
Those with a slightly more whacky decorative taste will be pleased to discover a choice of papers which feature motifs like brightly colored jelly beans, ice cream sundaes and vivid flowers. Think of facing just one or two doors with a feature paper to give the room a unique and lighthearted twist.