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A Better Homes and Gardens survey reports that most homeowners spend some 40 percent of their entire kitchen remodeling budget on new cabinets.

Homeowners looking to cut the cost of a total replacement project by a half or more should consider a smaller-scale effort to reface and repaint existing kitchen cabinets and add attractive new cabinet hardware.

One way to add a new look to the kitchen is simply to replace the cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. Cabinet doors come in a wide variety of glass, wood, and composite wooden veneer coverings.

Styles include framed or panel kitchen cabinet doors, insets, overlays, tambour, and lipped doors.

For wooden reface projects, there is a wide selection of kitchen cabinet materials in maple, birch, walnut, mahogany, hickory, alder, pine, cherry, and oak.

Another way to renew the kitchen is to reface the cabinets, using one of a variety of options including pre-finished doors and drawer fronts or unfinished doors in wooden, laminate, or thermo foil materials. There are also pressure-sensitive veneers in a variety of “wooden” styles.

Cabinet finishes come in a variety of types and can make a difference in durability, moisture resistance, and ease of maintenance. Pre-sealants can protect wooden finishes if applied before the paint. There are ultraviolet inhibitors that block sunlight damage. And there are quality hand-rubbed stains and special “conversion” varnishes that resist fading and water damage.

For further protecting wooden finishes, homeowners can use oil and wax sealants after the paint has dried. To add appeal and value, install new hardware: cabinet pulls, drawer knobs, decorative hinges, and complementary molding.

To find a kitchen contractor, please visit www.FindaKitchenContractor.com.

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