Is Replacing Your Cabinets Worth It?

by Gail Brumfield

We’ve all seen how dingy old cabinets can ruin the appeal of an otherwise nice kitchen. It’s an unfortunate reality that cabinets will eventually get grubby from years of use, especially cabinets around the stove top that get splattered with oil and grease. In addition to dirt and grime, cabinets get dented, nicked, and scratched over time. All of this wear and tear can really hurt the overall look of your kitchen.

Most of the time when cabinets get to this point, people consider getting the whole unit refaced. Unfortunately, getting your kitchen cabinets refaced is a long, expensive, and messy process that will take your kitchen out of commission for days or weeks. Nobody wants to turn their kitchen into a construction zone for that long.

Luckily, there are alternatives to replacing or fully refacing the cabinets in your kitchen. One alternative would be to buy some powerful degreasing solution and try to clean all the caked-on grime off of your cabinets, and then follow up with some joint compound and matching stain to take care of any dents, scratches, or nicks. This solution would be a great deal of work, with no guarantee that your cabinets will come out looking all that much better.

Another alternative would be cabinet refinishing services from a company like N-Hance Wood Renewal. Refinishing your cabinets is a much quicker and more affordable process than trying to reface everything or replace them entirely. These services generally cost a fraction of the price of replacement or refacing, and at the end of the day, your cabinets will look good as new.

The process starts with them sanding down your cabinets to remove any grime, scratches, nicks, stains, or other blemishes. After your cabinets are smoothed down and free of imperfections, they’ll wipe everything down and vacuum up any dust from the sanding process in preparation for staining.

Once you get to the staining part of the process you have a couple of choices that you can make. You could have them match the stain that was originally on your cabinets to return them to their original color, rejuvenating your kitchen while still keeping the same general aesthetic. Alternatively, you could choose a darker shade of stain for your kitchen. Most of the time you won’t be able to get your cabinets any lighter than they are, short of painting them white, but it’s easy to take them a few shades darker, or even many shades darker if that’s what you’re looking for.

In addition to natural stain, N-Hance and other cabinet refinishing companies can also repaint your cabinet in a variety of different colors, and even add antiquing to give them a classic look. All white cabinets are very popular these days, and with a little bit of antiquing can make your kitchen look like a traditional farmhouse kitchen.

The possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to what you want your cabinets to look like after a refinishing job. You can basically get what will feel like a brand new set of cabinets, for a fraction of the price. So, before you go trying to get a carpenter to custom fit a whole new set of cabinets for your kitchen, talk to some refinishing experts to see if there’s a better alternative to replacement. You might be amazed at what they’re able to do!