Updating cabinetry

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Consider the following factors in these five options to update your kitchen cabinets, listed from most to least expensive.

Choose cabinet replacement if your current kitchen cabinetry is in poor shape or if you’re reconfiguring the layout.

Replacing kitchen cabinets costs more and takes longer than any other cabinet updating option.

Existing stone countertops, such as granite or quartz, will most likely need to be replaced when replacing kitchen cabinets.

Painting is the obvious answer for dated cabinets, but I was worried that the plain, flat-front doors might still look cheap & bland, even with a fresh coat of paint.

I thought that adding simple trim to the fronts would really dress them up and make them look more expensive than they are.

Nowadays, the kitchen is a command center, dining area, and the one room in the home where families spend the most time together.

Sidenote: Since I feature a lot of painted kitchen remodels, I get a LOT of comments about how people can't paint their cabinets, usually a spouse is not okay with painting for one reason or another.

” BUT our Realtor advised us not to paint because we decided to rent our home and not sell it.

And rental homes/cabinets get beat up, but it shows less with wood than paint, she knows this from LOTS of experience.

Adding trim to cabinet doors has obviously been done before.

One day I was waiting at the paint counter at Lowe’s, there was a bucket of yardsticks, and I was thinking that I should buy wood trim that size because it’s exactly the look I had in mind – flat, shaker style, and the width of the boards were still small enough for the tiny drawers.

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