Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house. When you are remodeling, don’t overlook the potential that new or refaced kitchen cabinets have for brightening and renewing your kitchen. With so many options it can be overwhelming, but the experts at Handy Randy can lead the way to helping you choose the options that are best for you.
What is the best kind of wood to use for kitchen cabinets?
There is no one best wood – it all depends on the effect you desire and your budget. Pine cabinets are very popular and give a classic or rustic look. Pine is also one of the most inexpensive woods, so it’s great when you want solid wood, but don’t want to break the bank. However, it is softer than some other woods, so it may scratch more easily. Cherry and maple are also very popular – they are naturally darker woods than pine and have a very rich texture that many homeowners like. On the other end of the budget spectrum is mahogany. It has a deep reddish brown color and is extremely durable. However, it is significantly more expensive than other types of wood. We will be happy to work with you to choose the wood that is right for your kitchen.
Can I refinish kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them?
If your cabinets are solid wood, this is not a problem at all, and it will save you a lot of money when compared to purchasing new cabinets. Simply remove the doors and drawer fronts and use paint-stripper (in a well-ventilated area) to remove the finish. Fill in any scratches or dents with wood filler, and then sand the surface. You will want to sand everything down, and the best way to do it is to first use 100-grit paper, then work your way through multiple sandings up to 220-grit paper. The final product should be extremely smooth. Once you apply a sealer, your cabinets will now be ready to stain, and depending on your choice of stain, they can look like entirely new cabinets.
If the cabinets are fiberboard or another material that is not hardwood, your only options are to replace the cabinets or to apply a veneer. Veneers can look great, but are not identical to real wood, and can’t be sanded or re-stained.