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Kitchen Facelift with Cabinet Refacing

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Your kitchen needs a facelift, and there is no better way to do this than by updating the cabinets. But, you don’t need to replace them, you can use cabinet refacing and have the same effect, for less money, in less time.

What is the look you are after? You can achieve any look by refacing kitchen cabinets. Anywhere from an Antique finish to modern and sleek can be achieved through refinishing. You can replace some cabinet door altogether and replace them with glass doors to display some of your beautiful dishes.
Replacing cabinet and drawer hardware adds to the effect.

Once the cabinet refacing process is complete, which just takes a few days, you can further complement your kitchen facelift by adding lighting, backsplashes or flooring depending  on your budget and the look and feel you are trying to achieve.  

For more information on cabinet refacing, contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.

Inexpensive Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It is hard to commit to kitchen remodeling if you are afraid that after a few years you may not love  the changes anymore.  Significant kitchen renovations – like cabinets and countertops, flooring and fixtures – require you to live with them for a long time.

With even minor kitchen renovations costing taking a bite out of your wallet, you may be hesitant to spend 10’s of 1000’s on a kitchen redesign. The good news is you don’t need a complete renovation in order to update your kitchen.
Here are some easy, cost-effective projects that can give the kitchen a whole new look:

Backsplashes can be both practical and beautiful, and they can really change the look and style of your kitchen.

Replacing cabinetry can be cost-prohibitive. Plus it’s an expensive tough job to tackle. Fortunately, there are easier ways to update the look of your cabinets. Switching out dated hardware with something new and eye-catching is a great start. Wooden cabinets can be repainted or stained. Outdated trim can be removed. Or, if you love the open-faced look that’s in vogue in many upscale kitchens, simply remove cabinet doors altogether and have your cabinets refaced.

When it comes to window treatments, most people have two objectives: to create a great look and protect their privacy. The kitchen, however, is one room where privacy is usually less of a concern. That means you can lighten up on window treatments, open your design options and create a light-filled look.

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

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Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Roger Hazard, designer and producer of A&E network's “Sell This House”,  has designed a kitchen with cabinets colored lavender and eggplant. In fact, the used green cabinets in his own Texas kitchen.

The kitchen with the purple tones is “a piece of jewelry custom designed just for the homeowner,” he said. “It feels happy.”

But he also understands you might want a more neutral choice for your kitchen cabinets, and recommends you consider gray.

“Gray will mix with any color and will work with any flooring,” he said. “Brown is very color specific.”

The color gray gets votes from other designers as well.  Many designers note that gray is almost a water color, and say that ocean-inspired shades of blue and green are very popular.

Here are more trends noticed by Hazard:

  • People thought that bigger was better, but a really large kitchen is almost like going to the gym. It's more interesting to look at less space, and it can function better.
  • Today's kitchen should be comfortable so people can sit and talk to the cook.

For information and kitchen ideas in Massachusetts, contact Kenneth C Lewis Cabinetry.

Excerpts from Daily Herald

Get a "Magazine" Kitchen for Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Empty Nesters who were considering downsizing, opted to stay and upgrade their home instead because they loved their location.
They decided instead to give their colonial a new look by updating the kitchen (keeping resale in mind).

They wanted to get the most for their remodeling dollars, so they had to decide what was worth the splurge and where they could save money. They learned that when it comes to kitchen remodeling, you can get the magazine look without breaking the bank.

They knew how they wanted the kitchen to look as far as light and color. But, to save money, they decided to keep most of their cabinetry.

But to get the kitchen they wanted, they removed some of the cabinets and refinished the cabinets with the lighter finish they had been looking at. The cabinet refinishing only took 3 days. For two of the cabinets they had the doors replaced with glass doors.

They also added a kitchen island of the same color.

One of the keys to saving on a kitchen remodel is to keep the existing cabinetry, spending money on countertops and hardware, and lighting.

They also splurged on an iridescent backsplash. Backsplashes give kitchens a high-end look at a variety of price points.

Getting started on building the kitchen of your dreams within a budget requires research, contact Kenneth C Lewis for details.

Excerpts Democrat and Chronicle

Remodel by Repurposing Your Old Kitchen Cabinets

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 10, 2012

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Contractor of the Year awards program recently identified some of the top nation-wide remodeling trends, which frequently show up in projects.

Reclaim, Reuse and Refurbish
Several winning projects mentioned reusing items in the home and/or installing reclaimed items. Many clients request reusing items from their existing kitchens to some degree in remodeling projects.

People try to save as much as possible; they don’t want to replace everything.

For example: different ways of reuse such as cabinetry. Reuse the existing cabinets by refinishing or refacing cabinets rather than replacing them keeps costs and waste down. Also, reclaiming barn doors and repurposing a dresser into a bathroom vanity.

Another example: reclaimed long-leaf pine flooring, which matched the addition to the original home’s flooring throughout.

Clients often want their project to have that antique-look. There is a trend toward the distressed wood interiors and away from the sleek, contemporary look.

Old is new. Clients are consistently asking to have an old piece of wood or furniture repurposed into something else and they want it distressed to look old.

If you would like to repurpose your kitchen cabinets, or an old dresser, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Excerpts Closet Daily

Green Kitchen Upgrades

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The kitchen is where we spend most of our time when we are at home. It also accounts for much of a home’s energy use. Both of these factors make kitchens targets for green upgrades.

Upgrading to Energy Star appliances is the number one change homeowners make to have a more environmentally friendly kitchen. However, what about your kitchen cabinets?

If you want a kitchen face lift, but you want to stay green. Consider refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets rather than replacing them. Cabinet refacing and refinishing eliminates the raw materials, energy use, and waste in building new cabinets.  Cabinet refacing and refinishing also eliminates using land fill space in dumping old cabinets.

There are even environmentally friendly, or green certified paints and stains you could use when refinishing and refacing your existing kitchen cabinets.

For information on pursuing your green kitchen upgrade, contact Kenneth Lewis.

Cabinet Refinishing and Refacing Reduces Kitchen Remodel Time

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You have been thinking about giving your kitchen a face lift for some time. But the expense and the time of a kitchen remodeling project make it difficult to decide "this is the right time to start”.

Kitchen cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing allows you a kitchen face lift in less time for less money. Many homeowners forget to consider all of their options: Cabinet refinishing and refacing. Think outside the box!

Usually you want an updated kitchen because your cabinets are old and dingy. New kitchen cabinets would give your kitchen the look you are after. But why take on the extra expense and the added inconvenience?

Refinishing or refacing your kitchen cabinets takes our company only about 3-4 days in your home, a minimal interruption to your normal life. The doors and drawer fronts work is done at the facility, not in your home. Cabinetry by Kenneth C Lewis can also replace or repair damages to existing cabinets.

Give your kitchen the well deserved face lift with cabinet refinishing and refacing and reduce the time and cost of a traditional kitchen remodeling project.  Contact us.

Cabinets: Replace or Reface?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You have been thinking about fixing up your kitchen for a while now. Well, now is the time. You don’t need a huge budget and you don’t need to invest months of time to give your kitchen a facelift. Change the entire look and feel of your kitchen by kitchen cabinet refacing.

Replace or Reface?

Your kitchen is a good candidate for a refacing job if:

  • The cabinets were built before 1980. This means they were most likely built from real 3/4-inch plywood and solid particle board.
  • The size, height, and design of your kitchen cabinets now meet your needs.
  • The layout of your kitchen and your kitchen cabinets works. 
  • You don't have a huge budget.
  • You don't want to be, or can't be without the use of your kitchen for more than a few days.

For information on kitchen cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Kitchen Remodels are Easier than Moving

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Over the last couple years, remodeling projects have risen, implying that homeowners are staying put. Homeowners are finding it’s much more economical to upgrade their existing home rather than buy a new home. Many homeowners find remodeling to be an easier investment than moving in a housing market that hasn’t quite bounced back yet.

Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects are still the most popular undertakings.  However, more homeowners who are remodeling kitchens are making the projects smaller in scale: Instead of a $70,000 to $80,000 kitchen remodel, they are remodeling on a smaller scale.

There are ways to do a kitchen remodel without spending all the money in the bank, or taking out a loan; especially if you don’t have to buy new kitchen cabinets. How do you remodel a kitchen and keep the same old cabinets? By refacing or refinishing cabinets, you use your old cabinets, but make them look like brand new.

Kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing changes the entire look of your kitchen because you are changing the look of your cabinets. While accomplishing your kitchen remodeling goal, you are spending significantly less money and getting the results much faster too.

If you are one of those who is contemplating remodeling contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

Kitchen Remodeling Can Help You Sell Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whether you are remodeling your home for sale right away, or simply to increase the value of your home for resale in the future, the right renovations will make all the difference. Kitchen renovations do much more than provide a cosmetic facelift to your property; they offer potential buyers the necessary motivation to select your home over the rest in your neighborhood. Kitchen face lifts offer the greatest value and resale potential for your home.

Kitchen Face Lift

Kitchens are the center of family activity, so it is no wonder these rooms tend to make or break a home sale. Buyers today are looking for kitchens that are light and airy, open enough for entertaining and filled with contemporary features and conveniences. Consider replacing laminate counters with granite countertops and updating sink hardware for an easy way to modernize the look of your kitchen. No need to replace the kitchen cabinets when they are well made, just worm out. Instead cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing is a better, faster, less expensive option.

For information on fixing up your kitchen cabinets and countertops in order to sell your home, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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