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How to Tell If Your Walnut Cabinets Need to be Replaced or Refaced?

Cabinet refacing is one of the most affordable ways to give them a new look. It will cost you only a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. However, there are some kitchen cabinets that just cannot be refaced. In that case you will have to replace them with semi-custom or custom cabinets.
If you are planning a big kitchen makeover, which includes all types of kitchen remodelling, you first need to decide whether to replace or reface your modern walnut cabinets.

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Is it Better to Reface or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets?

Although refacing your walnut kitchen cabinets is a good way to upgrade your kitchen cabinets, here are a few criteria to rule it out.

  • The Kitchen Cabinet Quality is Not Up to the Mark

In case you have moved into a house that has low-quality walnut cabinets, refacing is not the only option in hand. It is true that you can reinforce existing frames, but you still require food bones to work with. If the bulk of the cabinet interior structure and skeleton are low-grade and cheap, it is better to replace them.

  • The Cabinets Don’t have a Sound Structure

At times, just one glance at a cabinet makes us go wow but as soon as you open them you might notice that the frame has rotted or has been damaged by water. Often, the white RTA cabinets might have been eaten by hungry pets or chewed by a puppy. There can be serious swelling, or the wood might just be falling apart. No matter what the reason is, if the structure has been damaged beyond repair, it will not be possible to reface them.

  • You Want to Change the Kitchen’s Layout

The process of refacing the kitchen is for a kitchen that can retain almost the same configuration. In case you want to completely change the layout or move the kitchen to a separate space, you will need a new set of cabinets for your kitchen. You will only be refaced the cabinets that are going to remain in place. If the wall they have been mounted on is going to be brought down, you will have to install the new kitchen cabinet in some other space. In some cases, owners can make partial changes to the layout. This means you can reface the cabinets by staying put and designing a new one for the peninsula or kitchen island.

  • The Cabinets have Strange Odors

Are your walnut RTA kitchen cabinets smelling bad? A few cabinets simply smell musty and funky. It is a kitchen, and it can happen. It is possible to reinforce the frames, but it might not be possible to get rid of the funky smell. Hence, it is better to start from scratch using fresh materials.

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When Should You Replace the Walnut Kitchen Cabinets?

There are cases where homeowners think they require new cabinets when they really don’t. Your cabinet takes up a significant amount of space in the kitchen. thus, by choosing top-notch refacing and refitting for the cabinets- you can get a whole new remodel with less time and less stress, at an incredible value.
Here are a few scenarios when you can consider cabinet refacing.

  • You are ready for a different finish or color- new doors imply a color you want for your cabinet.
  • If you don’t like the cabinet door style- cabinet refacing can fix that by replacing the doors, pulls, knobs, and hinges.
  • You want proper organization- from transforming cabinets to drawers to pull-out pantries and lazy Susans- all that can be replaced and improved through refacing, too.
  • You want the cabinets to be taller- change the size of the cabinets, too.

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