Kitchen Cabinets Looking Shabby? What Are Your Least Expensive Options?

If your kitchen cabinets have seen better days, the thought of refinishing or replacing them may regularly cross your mind. However, replacement cabinets can be pricey, especially if you're choosing higher-quality materials. Fortunately, there is a wide range of options between ignoring or accepting your shabby cabinets and purchasing brand new ones. Read on to learn more about the choices available when it comes to improving the look and function of your kitchen cabinets on a budget. 

What are your options short of replacing your kitchen cabinets entirely?

When deciding the best way to tackle the damage or wear and tear that's befallen your cabinets over the years, you'll want to consider both the quality of your original cabinets and their current condition. Cabinets constructed from inexpensive or flimsy materials may be less able to hold up to a thorough refinishing than solid wood cabinets, while cabinets that have damage confined to one specific area (like the doors) may be best handled by simply replacing the damaged areas and leaving the rest of the cabinets intact. 

If your cabinets are made from solid wood and have significant surface dings, nicks, or discoloration, refinishing may be the ideal way to restore them to like-new condition. Refinishing your cabinets entails stripping them of any paint or varnish, sanding the wood beneath so that it can soak up color or stain evenly, applying putty or wood paste to fill in any cracks or other surface defects, then re-staining your cabinets in either their original color or a new shade. Once your cabinets have dried, they should look brand-new again.  

For situations in which your cabinets are showing surface wear and no longer coordinate with the rest of your kitchen, you should be able to mask any visible defects while giving your entire kitchen a new look by painting your cabinets in a complementary color rather than stripping them and applying new stain.

When may cabinet replacement be the best option? 

In some cases, your cabinets may have sustained so much surface damage that even a thorough refinishing or extensive repairs may not be enough to render them beautiful again. In other situations, the cabinets that originally came with your home may be so flimsy that they've already begun to pull away from the wall or ceiling or develop bubbles in the paint or varnish after hot dishes fresh from the dishwasher are placed inside. 

It's often not cost-effective to sink money into cabinets that are unlikely to stand the test of time. Upgrading to higher-quality cabinets that can easily be refinished multiple times may be more expensive than painting or refinishing your current cabinets, but is likely to pay dividends in the form of higher home resale prices and a longer cabinet lifespan. 

For more information, contact R A Mayo Industries or a similar company.