Don’t replace cabinets, reface them

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As the hub for so much of a family’s activity, the kitchen is one of the most  popular rooms in a home. So it’s no surprise that with all the cooking and  entertaining, the heart of the home can suffer from some natural wear and tear.  The good news is making kitchen cabinets look like new again can be quite  cost-effective with some easy do-it-yourself projects. Here’s how:

Update the hardware – chipped or worn or out cabinet knobs and pulls are easy  to replace – and affordable too. Prices range from about $1 for a basic knob to  $5 for a beautiful polished nickel knob or chrome finish handle by Martha Stewart Living, available at The Home Depot.

Brighten with a fresh coat of paint. If new kitchen cabinets are not in the  budget, consider updating worn or wood grain finish cabinets using a cabinet  transformation kit. Rust-Oleum offers an easy do-it-yourself system that  requires no stripping, sanding or priming. It’s also avail-able in a light and  dark colour option. Add panel moulding – another option for giving cabinets a  facelift is adding more detail – essentially a panel effect – with wood  moulding. This do-it-yourself project will require more work, but results in a  completely new look. Once the moulding has been applied, finish with a fresh  coat of paint and enjoy the transformation. For more DIY projects to update your  kitchen and the rest of your home, visit the online DreamBook at  www.homedepot.ca/know-how.

Via Vancouver Sun.

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