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What are your plans for the kitchen cabinets? Here are some ideas.

Kitchen cabinets are no longer for just food storage. They're the cornerstone of your kitchen's style. Each style has a variety of door, wood, frame and finish options. The pricing can range dramatically because cabinets can be semi-custom or fully custom with numerous options in between. Roll-out and tilt-out drawers are two examples of popular and useful details that make great cabinets stand out from just being ordinary, not to mention stainless steel cabinets, self-closing drawers and customized storage options.

Once you start making decisions about the types of cabinets you need, it's important to keep in mind this façade must tie into your countertops and floor. 

Types of Cabinets

The highest quality and most expensive is solid wood cabinets. Wood choices include hickory, walnut, and cherry. Each can bring a unique warmth, look and style to your kitchen. Then, think about framed vs. frameless. Framed kitchen provide a classic look, whereas frameless kitchen cabinets add a sleek, modern look.

Another very popular route is European kitchen cabinets. These add a distinct style and unique functionality almost verging on artful. These cabinets move far beyond the traditional kitchen cabinets to bring a look and feel that is well-complimented by modern materials or contrasted by traditional. Naturally, imported European kitchen cabinets are very expensive but perfect for the ultra modern tastes.

For a more affordable option, amazing progress has been made in veneered plywood and standard veneer. Plywood veneer is actually one of the most widely affordable options used by homeowners for kitchen cabinetry. It’s resistant to cracking, shrinkage, splitting and twisting or warping over time. It has a higher strength than many other kinds of cabinetry materials. Coming in all wood styles, this cost-effective cabinet option bring the look and feel of solid wood to your kitchen on a budget.

Other options open to homeowners include laminates, metal and glass. Metal cabinets mostly commonly refer to steel and have recently come back as a sort of vintage look for the kitchen. Glass is another option for the kitchen, but be warned that some types of glass are thin and can break easily if they’re hit the wrong way. 

Refacing and Refinishing

If getting all new cabinets is too expensive for the budget, another option for homeowners is to have the cabinets refaced or resurfaced to make them look newer. Refacing will involve taking off the cabinet doors and putting on a thin coat of wood that has any kind of veneer, whether it’s wood grain, white, or a favorite color of finish. 

Refinishing, on the other hand, will be the more inexpensive option and involve painting the cabinets in any vast array of colors that you could want. Some professionals can mix together painting and staining to give the cabinets a special look and make them last longer in the process. This will also make them easier to touch up if they start to get scratches or generally worn after use over time. 

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