Can’t afford to invest in a brand new kitchen? Well, you only have to spruce up your kitchen cabinets to feel like you are in a new home.

A thoughtfully designed kitchen with great-looking cabinets not only improves the livability of your space, but also increases the resale value of your home. That is true. Your kitchen can make or break a deal. And when it comes to the kitchen, spaciousness, quality appliance and aesthetic appeal are the most important factors.

If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, there are several ways to save money. Before replacing your kitchen cabinets, consider the advantages of refinishing them.

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. This is where your family gathers after a busy day at work or school. Great-looking cabinets can instantly transform your kitchen. However, you don’t have to replace your cabinets every 4 or 5 years to make them look great. Cabinets suffer wear and tear and may look, discolored, faded or out of style.  If your cabinets are exposed to too much moisture they may accumulate a white film on them. Cabinets located around your dishwasher and sink are at the risk of developing this problem.

You will have to shell out much more money to replace your kitchen cabinets. Also this process involves major demolition of the kitchen. Consequently, it may take weeks or even months. And when you install new cabinets, you will also need a new counter top. This will increase the cost. Refinishing your cabinets is a wise alternative to replacing them. Better still, you can refinish your cabinets for a fraction of replacement costs. Since most of the work will be completed outside of your home, you will not experience any inconvenience. Also, refinishing does not involve a kitchen demolition.

Doors are removed and taken to the contractor’s shop for their makeover. Whatever the look you want for your cabinets, the craftsmen will achieve the results with the help of state-of-the-art equipment. While refinishing your cabinets the craftsmen will remove all paint through multiple applications of the remover. Then deep scratches and dents are filled with wood filler. Thorough sanding will ensure a smooth finish.

Besides being cost-effective, kitchen cabinet refinishing is more environment-friendly. Since you will be using the same wood planks, you can save at least a few trees.

You have unlimited finish and colour choices for your kitchen cabinets. Some colors are timeless; others may be out of fashion next year.

If you choose the right colours and finish, your cabinets will look great for several years.

Some popular colour choices include the following:

White and off-white cabinets are a safe bet because they never go out of style. Also, white cabinets can make a small kitchen appear more spacious and brighter.

If you are a bit adventurous, there is no harm in experimenting with bold colours like red, black or brown. Darker cabinets will allow you to use creative accessories. Gray cabinets, on the other hand, will lend a sophisticated look to your kitchen. If you have a modern home and you want to aim for a conservative look opt for gray cabinets.