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.