Posted on: 22 January 2019
If you're remodelling a fixer-upper, then you work to a specific schedule and budget. For example, you may have initially focused on essential building work, leaving rooms like your kitchen to last. If your kitchen is a workable and liveable space, then its redesign is not a priority.
While you hope that your budget will stretch until you've done all the work, you may find that you're running low on funds towards the end of the project. The dream kitchen you wanted to fit may be too expensive for you right now.
You can, however, cut your kitchen redesign costs by using your existing cabinets rather than replacing them. How does this work and will it work for you?
How Can You Give Cabinets a New Look?
If the main reason you don't like your current kitchen is its cabinet design, style or colour, then you can immediately change the look of the room by changing cabinet frontage. For example, if you're happy with the style and design of the cabinets but hate their colour, then you can use cabinet paints to give them a makeover. A new colour can brighten up shabby kitchens or modernise old-fashioned styles to make your kitchen look new.
If you don't want to paint the cabinets or can't stand their design, then changing doors and drawer fronts is an alternative. Here, you simply remove the fronts of the cabinets and replace them with new doors or drawer covers. This allows you to completely change the design and colour of your kitchen without ripping everything out and starting again.
Are Your Cabinets up to Scratch?
Painting or replacing cabinet doors and covers won't necessarily work in every kitchen. If you need this to be a medium- to long-term solution, then you should check the overall condition of your cabinets. If the cabinets are falling apart, then painting them or replacing their fronts may not be a viable option. You may be better off living with the kitchen until you can afford a full redesign.
However, if the structure of your cabinets and drawers is generally sound, then they may not need replacing at all. Changing the fronts of these units could give them enough of a new lease of life to keep you happy for a few years.
If you aren't sure if your cabinets will last, then check with your kitchen renovation contractor. They can help you decide the best way to remodel your kitchen.Share