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REFACE or REPLACE?

There is one big question when it comes to remodeling a kitchen on a tight budget.

 The answer is different depending on the situation, and I will help you find the perfect solution for your home. If you’re on the fence, ask yourself these few questions:


1.) Is my kitchen functional? 

REFACE -If the layout works for you and the cabinets aren’t in bad condition, don’t fix what isn’t broken. You can make cosmetic changes, such as upgrading your countertops, for as little as a few hundred dollars. 

REPLACE -If your layout just doesn’t work, making the room look prettier isn’t going to solve your problem. Working with a professional designer will ensure that your new kitchen not only looks amazing, but it also meets all of your working needs.

2.) Can I handle being without a kitchen for the time it takes to remodel?

REFACE -Refacing cabinets and countertops typically only takes a couple days of work. However, you may not be able to use the kitchen right away. Depending on the countertop finish you choose, they may not be usable for as much as a week after refacing. Read the fine print or ask a pro if you’re not sure!

REPLACE -If you choose to go with laminate countertops, you may not be inconvenienced by a kitchen remodel as much as you think! Communicate regularly with your designer and cabinet maker, and don’t tear anything out until the new cabinets are ready to go in. Often, it’s reasonable to have your new kitchen installed and ready to use within a week. Unfortunately, when you’re tearing apart a room, there are always issues that may come up. If you don’t handle messes well, you might want to take a vacation while the job is being done!

3.) If I had two words to describe my kitchen, would they be “dark” and “dated?” 

REFACE -Painting the existing doors and face frames, adding some storage accessories to the inside of your cabinets, and installing a new backsplash may be the solution for you. Paint really is the easiest way to make a change!

REPLACE -Swap out old light fixtures and cabinet hardware for an instant update. (Hint: No brass!)


The bottom line is to know when to ask for help. If you’re replacing cabinet doors or refacing your counters, DIY is how you will save money. If you’re having a professional refacing company do the work for you, you may be spending as much money as buying all new!! 
If your kitchen is too small and the layout does not work, you should really consider starting with a blank slate and having it done right. 

If you have any questions, I am here to help! 


Happy Designing! -Cherie

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