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Happy New Year from Kenneth C. Lewis

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 31, 2015

Normally at this time of week, we at Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis reserve time and energy to author our blogs.  We do this in the interest of keeping you all updated, educated, and informed on subjects that we hope provide you both personal and professional reward.

As we sit now with the holiday celebrations of last week behind us but with the warmth of family still surrounding us, our thoughts are with you.  With the New Year just days away, our thoughts include true appreciation for our relationships with each of you and how those relationships allow for us to take this briefest of moments to fully prioritize and celebrate family.

As we approach the New Year's celebration, may you all remain safe and surrounded by family.  May 2016 be a most merry and prosperous year for you and your businesses.  And may we be honored with privilege of your continued friendships and partnership for 2016 and for years to come.

Warmest Regards To You All....

Repaint Kitchen Cabinets Instead of a Full Remodel – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 01, 2014

Many homeowners dream of giving their kitchens a full-scale remodel. This can give a kitchen an entirely new look, but the new look does not come cheap. According to Remodeling magazine's 2013 "Cost vs. Value Report," homeowners can expect to spend more than $53,000 on a major kitchen remodel and recoup just below 70% of that cost at resale. So while the idea of a full-scale kitchen remodel might be a dream project, the cost of such an undertaking is beyond many homeowners' budgets.

But homeowners who cannot afford a full remodel can still give their kitchens a new look and can do so for relatively little money. Painting or refinishing kitchen cabinets a new color or giving fading cabinets a fresh coat of paint or stain can instantly add life to a kitchen, giving the room an entirely different feel without breaking the bank. The following are a few tips for homeowners planning to paint kitchen cabinets.

Assess your existing cabinets. Some cabinet materials, including wood and metal, can be repainted. But other materials, including plastic laminate, are not so amenable to repainting and may require refacing.

Plan for ornate cabinets to take a little longer. Painting projects will go faster when cabinets have flat fronts, but they can take longer when cabinets are unique and more detailed. If your cabinets are ornate, then factor this extra time into your schedule. However, refinishing kitchen cabinets takes considerably less time than an entire kitchen remodel. Kenneth C. Lewis is an expert in this field, and will only be in your home 2-4 days!

For more information, contact us.


Cabinet Refinishing and Repainting Keeps Kitchen Remodeling Inexpensive – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The desire to update our kitchens. It never really goes away. It may ebb and flow, but it’s always there, nagging at us, dragging us to Home Depot. Causing us to spend hours on Houzz or posting to Pinterest. And the biggest offender in the kitchen is often the cabinets. Because if we want granite or quartz or some other solid surface slab countertop, there’s not really a super affordable option. Changing out the appliances is also pricey.

But cabinets…well, changing the color of the cabinets can be done inexpensively and quickly.

Want to have kitchen cabinets professionally refinished? Budget at least $1,000, depending on how much cabinetry you have, the prep work needed, and the type of paint or stain you choose.

Looking to make the change? Here is a guide to cabinet colors that can help.

Primary colors

The bottom line:   Ever see a kitchen on TV with bright yellow or blue cabinets and think it looks cool? Doesn’t mean we’re going to rush right out and paint our kitchen in fire engine red.
Upside: They’re unique
Downside: They’re unique
Tip: Experts advise people not to go so bold on their cabinets. Unless you’re not the type to get sick of things quickly and you are sure you aren’t moving anytime soon, it’s probably best to stick to a more neutral hue.


The bottom line: It’s classic and it’s versatile. “A kitchen that is white makes the space feel bigger. White is also a universally appealing color and leaves a blank slate so buyers can re-envision the space,” said Houzz.
Upside: It will probably always be in style.
Downside: It may get boring and can lack contrast.
Tip: Make sure to add in color and texture in accessories.

Dark Paint or Stain

The bottom line: Has dark wood seen its day? Depends on who you ask. Trending colors are on the light side, but Hues of chocolate and espresso are (still) a current trend in kitchen cabinetry.
Upside: Can look sleek and chic with contrasting counters and floors
Downside: Can look like a cave without substantial natural light.
Tip: Light cabinets, dark counters; dark cabinets, light counters.


The Bottom Line: Blue has been on the interior design radar for a few years and is now trending big in kitchens.
Upside: It’s hot in design circles so there is a multitude of shades available. It can accommodate a number of different styles. And, blue can also be an appetite suppressant.
Downside: Blue can be moody, it won’t be in style forever, necessitating a re-paint, and blue can also be an appetite suppressant.
Tip: If you love blue but you’re not sure about making such a strong commitment to the color, consider panting only the lower cabinets and sticking to a more neutral color like white for uppers.


The bottom line: Gray is easily the hottest color out there right now, and seems to have staying power. But if you’re worried about the possibility that it could look dated in a few years, you might want to go with something more classic.
Upside: It’s trending, so color options are abundant. Plus, it’s thought of as the new neutral, so it goes with just about everything and can range from super traditional to uber contemporary.
Downside: Will you need to replace your countertops, your floors, your furniture, your accessories and your wall color once you introduce gray into your home (we would and we have)?
Tip: Make sure you use a quality paint and brush/roller. Gray creates lots of shadows but can show everything.

For more information on refinishing kitchen cabinets, contact Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry.


Kitchen Remodel: Get Style But Save Money – Foxboro, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Home remodel projects don't have to have a huge budget nor do they have to look cheap when you don’t spend a fortune.  If want to update the look of your kitchen, you can use products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish kitchen without paying a fortune.

"Most homeowners are surprised by how reasonable kitchen redecorating can be when they use and reorganize existing furniture and cabinetry in new ways, or by taking a new look at how technology has improved the products their grandmothers had in their kitchens," says Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV's Design on a Dime. "We can save money without skimping on style, using what is already there and bringing back what has worked for years with a new look."

When remodeling your kitchen, consider ways to use what already exists, but upgrade it with a fresh, new look. For example, if your kitchen countertops are faded, covered in stains and worn out, don't try to replace everything. Instead, consider replacing just the tops. You can also use existing cabinets, but change the color and look of the room with cabinet refacing.

Another way to give your kitchen a fresh new look is modernizing the style. Backsplashes by the sink are very trendy in restaurants and homes these days.

Switching out the fabrics in the kitchen will help you finalize the entire project within a reasonable budget. Keep the chairs, but add new seat cushions or replace the current seat cushions for a fresh style. Swap out the curtains in the window to enhance the new color scheme. Hang some new towels -- you may be surprised, but the room will look completely different.

As you begin to plan your kitchen remodel, keep an open mind and take a new look at those long-term products that have improved over the years. Consider how kitchen cabinet refacing, and reusing existing materials could drastically improve the look of your kitchen.

For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Remodeling a Kitchen Faster and on a Budget – Newton, Cambridge

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Remodeling a kitchen successfully within budget in a timely manner is no easy task. Turning the space into a family’s dream kitchen can also be an extremely stressful undertaking.

Set a budget for your project - Sometimes remodeling a kitchen turns into a snowball effect where it gets more and more expensive as a homeowner goes further into the construction process. Setting a budget at the beginning of the project can help alleviate some of these issues by limiting the possibility of going over in comparison to someone who never set a budget to begin with.

Start a plan from the most expensive material of the project - In kitchen remodeling, the kitchen cabinets should always be the starting point. The cabinets are generally the center of attention will be the item that shows off your style and taste. However, your cabinets don’t have to take the whole budget; in fact, they don’t even have to be new. However, they can look brand new and change the entire look and feel of your kitchen with cabinet refacing.

Cabinets should also be the starting point in the remodel process because they are the most difficult to change after installation as opposed to appliances and countertops which could be upgraded at a later time.

Cabinet refacing allows you to budget your kitchen remodel and complete it in a timely manner, so you can enjoy your new kitchen rather than get stressed-out about it.

For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.


Use Existing Cabinets for a Green Kitchen Remodel – North Attleboro, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 17, 2014

As a nation we have become more aware of waste and recycling. One of the most obvious reasons that we recycle is because of our landfills. Landfill use peaked in the 1980s when we threw nearly 150 million tons of trash each year into landfills.(Discovery.com)

This is only one thing to think about when considering kitchen remodeling. If waste reduction is a concern in your household, consider remodeling green by refacing or refinishing existing kitchen cabinets.

By forgoing removing and dumping existing cabinetry, you can relieve landfills of this massive amount of remodeling waste.

Refacing cabinets or refinishing cabinets allows you to make your home look better, and work better for you and for the environment. Want a cleaner planet? Salvage materials and use your existing cabinets. If you like your kitchen layout, and if your cabinets only need an updated look, refacing or refinishing cabinets is the greener, less expensive and less time consuming option.

When you use existing cabinets into your kitchen remodeling project, your project costs less than new products, and last longer at the same time. This is especially the case when you are trying to match or create a style from a certain period or time of construction in an older home.

Another plus? When you choose to re-use your existing cabinets again with cabinet refacing, you reduce disposal costs and help our local economy by creating jobs for local contracting companies that specialize in these environmentally friendly services.Today, we throw away more than 100 million tons of garbage every year. That means that in many places, landfill space is scarce In addition to lessening the burden on our landfills, refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets minimizes the demand for tree harvesting, water, energy, and other natural resources, as well as toxic materials used to process, manufacture and transport new materials.

For more information on a more green kitchen remodeling project, contact Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry.

Cabinet Refacing Options for a Whole New Look – Newton, Cambridge, Brookline

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cabinet refacing experts can brighten any kitchen for a fraction of the cost of a full kitchen remodel. Homeowners choosing a cabinet refacing company will have less stress, less kitchen disruption and a beautiful kitchen with a new look and feel in far less time.  Cabinet rafacing offers kitchen improvement options without the hassle of demolition and total replacement of your cabinets. This is an excellent choice if the existing cabinets are outdated but in good shape, and if you like the layout of your kitchen. Kitchen cabinet refacing is a good choice if the basic structure of the cabinetry is intact but the doors have become worn and tattered as a result of use over years.

Refacing cabinets can be accomplished by filling in any existing cracks, sanding, painting or staining the cabinets. This affords you the opportunity to update your kitchen color to something more trendy or updated. Cabinet refacing is cheaper than buying all new cabinets and involves the replacement of the door and drawer fronts. This is usually done with your existing countertops in place if they are in good shape.

Another cabinet refacing option for custom cabinets includes refacing with veneer. This is an option for when your kitchen cabinets are made of a wood, like plywood, that does not respond to refinishing with stain or paint.

Another option is entirely removing and replacing all or some of the cabinet doors. This is a more affordable option than replacing all the cabinetry and will still offer the kitchen a whole new custom look.

For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry.

Faster and Less Stressful Kitchen Remodeling – Westwood, North Attleboro, Foxboro

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 03, 2013

If your kitchen or bathroom cabinets look dated and new cabinetry isn’t in the budget, don’t worry. Not every kitchen remodeling project calls for all new kitchen cabinets. In fact, if you’re pleased with the general layout of your kitchen and all you need is an update, you can save a lot of money by either refinishing or refacing cabinets.

According to HGTV.com, new cabinets can take up nearly 50% of a homeowner’s total budget for a kitchen renovation. If your kitchen does not need to be totally renovated in order to be functional, why spend the money on new cabinets?  Before you decide on a major overhaul, check out other options to see what will work best for your kitchen and your budget. Those options include cabinet refacing or cabinet refinishing.

Kitchen renovations can be a stressful and time consuming endeavor. It also takes quite a commitment, not only financially, but also mentally. The kitchen is not just the heart of  your home, it is absolutely necessary no matter how much or how little you cook. Can you go without a stove, sink, dishwasher, place for your coffee pot for months?

When refacing cabinets the time spent in your kitchen is no more than 4 days. If you have a family, you know that four days can pass very easily and quickly and in no time, you will be in your kitchen that has a whole new look and feel.

We can recondition, reface or replace any woodwork in your kitchen. A few simple changes can make your kitchen look like new! With a wide range of finishes your kitchen will be more stylish and functional. Contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.


Remodeling Kitchens to Show Your Personality - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

If you are considering remodeling your kitchen there are a lot of things to think about. You want your newly remodeled kitchen to show your personality and style, and you want to enjoy it for years. Whether you’re remodeling for your enjoyment or for resale, your kitchen needs to embrace timelessness while not being bland.

Here are five creative, thrifty and helpful tips for a kitchen design that looks great and reflects your personality.

1. Know your style.
Design your kitchen around colors and objects that make you feel great. This is the room you probably spend most of your time in whether you’re cooking, entertaining or just helping with homework. Loving the look is important. Look for inspiration from a pottery collection, a piece of artwork, or even the food you love.

2. Get creative on a budget.
A great way to save money is to repurpose items. Refacing cabinets is a great way to save rather than buying new. Cabinet refacing allows you to totally create a new look while cutting the cost by a third to a half.

Other repurposing ideas can be using inexpensive flower pots or mason jars to store utensils and cutlery, repurpose an old console table as a center island. You can paint the old dining table and give it a new life. This approach not only saves you money, but also makes your kitchen enviably unique.

3. Develop your vision.
Keep your ideas on track by collecting pictures that can become your own personal design board. They should just let you start to envision what you want your kitchen to look like.

4. Create timeless beauty.
Take a look at the items that have been relevant for more than a decade. If you’re designing a kitchen for a home you plan on living in for the next 20 years, buy what you want. But if you plan on moving look to classic color combinations like white, black or gray cabinets; stone countertops with white or walnut cabinets; or butcher block with just about any cabinet color you can imagine.

5. Start with simplicity.
Keep the lines clean and simple. To add style and versatility, get creative with your accents. For instance, try going Shaker with your cabinets. By keeping your appliances and more permanent items simple, and using your accents to create a sense of style, you’ll open up tons of design doors for yourself, creating a kitchen that transitions easily, keeps up with your style and has staying power.

With this timeless know-how and creative inspiration, you’re ready to create a kitchen you’ll love both now and a decade down the road. For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Gives you the Look of a New Kitchen - Wellesley, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 09, 2013

While the real estate market is picking up, there are still those homeowners who are opting to stay put. It is a buyer’s market, so if they have a home to sell, many are choosing not to. Instead, homeowners are remodeling. One way to remodel the kitchen without breaking the budget is with cabinet refacing.  This is the perfect way to deal with old and worn out cabinets that are in otherwise great shape.

In a kitchen makeover new cabinets are the majority of the cost, especially if they are custom designed. If you don’t need to change the layout of your kitchen, use the cabinets you have, in the configuration that makes sense. With kitchen cabinet refacing you can add a glass cabinet door if you want one, add shelves that pull out if you need them.

Consider cabinet refacing if you have decided to pass on the stress of moving. In fact, cabinet refacing is even less stressful than a full kitchen remodeling project. Kitchen cabinet refacing takes 4 days or maybe less.

Newly refaced cabinets can give you a brand new kitchen. Cut the cost on your kitchen remodeling project and add a new finish or decorative flair to your existing cabinets.  You may find that refacing your existing cabinets is the best solution, not the least of which is cost and results.
For more information on cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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