Kitchen Cabinets

How to get a new look for less

The kitchen is the most important room in the house for those looking to sell because it's the room home shoppers examine most closely. That makes kitchen remodeling a top priority, and part of that means revamping your kitchen cabinets. Before you start worrying or wonder if you can afford it, you should know that there are options for every budget.

Discount Kitchen Cabinets

Discount kitchen cabinets are a great option for those on an extremely tight budget. These cabinets can be found in a number of styles and designs, but are typically made with a pressed fiber board or wood chips. They may also be created using sawdust. While that sounds a little odd, these discount kitchen cabinets have a nice look and can withstand a lot, but are very budget friendly.

Used kitchen cabinets are another cost-saving option, and are easy to find. You can try contacting a salvage company, or look in the local newspaper. These cabinets may be in perfect shape or they may require a little love and care prior to installation, but will likely cost less than half the price of new cabinets.

Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets

If you have a little more money to spend, you may want to consider looking into unfinished kitchen cabinets. These cabinets are often less expensive because buyers need to apply the stain themselves, and possibly even sand the cabinets first. Many home improvement stores sell unfinished kitchen cabinets for 25 to 50 percent less than finished ones.

Amish kitchen cabinets are very similar to unfinished kitchen cabinets, but may come already stained or painted. You can find these at flea markets or at Amish festivals. You can also order Amish kitchen cabinets from online, though the shipping may cost extra.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets is a good choice for those on an extremely tight budget. Depending on the size and number of cabinets, the entire project can be finished in less than a weekend or in as little as a few hours.

The cabinet faces need to be removed and carried outside where you can paint them by hand with a brush or use a paint sprayer. The interior spaces can then be painted. As soon as the paint is dry, you can reattach the faces and have a brand new look for only a few dollars.

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing kitchen cabinets works the same way as painting but requires a little more work. You can choose any type of stain you like, but the old stain will first need to be stripped off using a chemical paint stripper and a scraper. This is another project that can be completed in a weekend or less.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets are what every homeowner dreams of, but for those with the budget it can be a reality. The first step is to find a custom cabinetmaker. You will either need to bring them measurements of your kitchen or let them take their own. Every facet of the cabinet from its design to stain and size is left to the homeowner. The only real problem is that it can take six to eight weeks, or even more in some cases, for the finished custom kitchen cabinets to arrive.

No matter what your budget might be, there is a style of kitchen cabinet to give your home a brand new look and the resale value you're looking for.

By Jennifer Eblin