Cabinet Refinishing vs. Replacement

So, you’ve decided that something must be done about your kitchen cupboards. You’ve been looking at the same ones for years, and you are either going to refinish or replace them. Which one is the better option? There are several things to think about if you choose either one.

If you’re only replacing drawer fronts and the doors on the cabinets, then the price will depend on what materials you want. If you’re just refinishing the pieces, then the cost would be whatever the cost of the stains or paints are. Add more to the cost if you’re replacing the hardware.

But what if you’re going to reface the fronts and doors? Well, there are multiple types of materials used in refacing. Rigid Thermo-foil or RTF is one of them. RTF is the durable and affordable. Plastic laminate is another. It has a wider range of finishes and styles than RTF. Wood veneer is the other. It is the costliest but also known to last the longest.

If you decide to replace your cupboards because they’re too far gone, then you can also go with a new kitchen layout. So you may choose to switch the stove with the sink and put the cabinets in different places then. It will cost more when something this major is involved.  

There’s additionally the time factor too. A contractor can replace doors and fronts in a couple of days. If there’s stripping and repainting or staining, it may take a little longer. If you plan on having everything replaced, then your contractor will need to tear out the old ones. It’s more time consuming for everyone since your kitchen will be ripped apart. You’ll be storing items which were in your cabinets somewhere else, and the kids will be happily eating only in front of the TV.

So it comes down to what you want to do with your kitchen, refinishing or replacement.

Types of Cabinet Which Can Be Refinished

Your kitchen cabinets simply put are the main part of the kitchen. Their look can set the mood and style of your kitchen. So, if you have to replace them, refinish or refurbish them; it’s something that you don’t want to have to do again soon. It’s a difficult job too so only a professional remodeler should take on a project like this.

Cabinets are one of the largest investments when remodeling. They are also the biggest budget item as well. You should frankly love them after they are installed. You’ll be staring at them for a long time unless you have money to burn.

But what if the cabinets you have are on the beat-up side, but you really like them. Can they be refinished? Well, you should look closely at them. If the cabinets are metal and rusty, or falling apart; you can’t refurbish them. If they aren’t built sturdily or are off kilter, they aren’t a prime candidate either for using in your upgrade.

Also, cabinets which are laminate, melamine or metal are all hard to paint. A special paint needs to be used on kitchen cabinets too. If it’s not used, then they can chip and peel. Another determination to see if the cabinets are worth the time invested in refinishing them is to check the joinery. The joinery needs to be in good condition and reliable. So look for excessive wear and imperfections.

Now for wood cabinets, find a piece of wood which hasn’t been painted over to see what kind of wood the cabinets are made from and inspect the rest of the cabinets to see how sound the wood is. Not all wood is pretty once it’s given a look over or when the paint or varnish is off. If there is no bare wood, you might want to strip an unnoticed area then just to see what’s underneath.

If all seems right after inspection, be honest about what kind of repairs would be necessary. You don’t want a refinishing and refurbishing dream to turn into a nightmare.

Importantly, be true to yourself using common sense to guide you. You’ll be living with the cabinets for some time to come.

Cabinetry in a Home Theatre

When adding a home theatre to your home, considering the right cabinetry is important. For example, a media cabinet will accommodate all your entertainment components. So, some things here to look for when shopping for your media center are listed below:

  • Shelving: Shelves which adjust should be your first choice. They should be able to be adjusted in 1.25-inch increments. Also, they should have high-quality threaded inserts so that you can adjust the shelving in the position you need.
  • Cabinet doors: Not only should your media cabinet have doors; they should be tinted. Doors which are tinted hide all the wires and components. Be sure though that the doors keep the cabinet IR-remote accessible.
  • Places for cables: Cables which get all tangled up can be a pain not to mention frustrating if a repair person is needed. Be sure the back panels of cabinets can be removed for easy access to any media center components.
  • Tempered glass: Tempered glass is a great safety feature especially if you have children. Tempered glass is stronger than regular glass by 4 or 5 times which is why it’s also called toughened glass. If the cabinet you’re considering has this type of glass for shelves, this will support heavy components safely too.
  • Wheels: Moving a media center can be daunting but not if it has hidden wheels. In addition, with wheels, it can be pulled out if cables or connections need to be looked over. It’s also easy to move for cleaning under it.
  • Ventilation: Another thing is to be sure that the cabinet has adequate ventilation. If there isn’t enough ventilation, then your components and amplifiers can overheat. Having a special fan installed will help here because not only is overheating bad for electronic components, it’s a fire hazard.

Choosing the right media center for your home theatre is important.