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Benefits of Neutral Cabinets and Countertops

When selecting the foundational items of your kitchen, particularly cabinetry and countertops, it may be best to choose neutral colors. This way, your personal style and color can be added using decorative hardware and accessories, and swapped out easily and inexpensively to freshen the appearance from time to time. This is why white and grey cabinets have become so popular. If you decide to add extra flair, you can go wild with backsplashes, wall colors and even lighting fixtures. Those would be more expensive to change later, but you know that options are available.
By choosing neutral cabinets, you increase the resale value of your home because it will appeal to more buyers. Choosing a lighter countertop color can help you do the same. If you plan to be in your home for the foreseeable future and want more customization, there are many other design features you can include such as storage accessories inside the cabinets and wine racks if you are a collector or do a lot of entertaining. But having the foundational items in neutral colors, you provide yourself with easy ways to freshen the look of your kitchen in the future.

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One good example of neutral colors includes this kitchen in Narragansett, RI. White cabinets and the light Windermere color of Cambria Quartz allow for many different design directions. In this case, the homeowner wanted a soft vibe to the kitchen in this beach house used year-round. Here, sand tones were used to keep a beach feel and pale blue backsplash was used to continue the theme. Also, by keeping the colors neutral, the architectural details above the stovetop can serve as a focal point.

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If white isn’t your thing, there are other ways to keep your kitchen cabinets and countertops color scheme neutral. Here is a much different sort of kitchen with cream colored cabinetry and a black countertop. Black goes with anything, so it can be considered a neutral color. The cream color of the cabinets provides good contrast with the countertop, but not in an overwhelming way.

Both of these are beautiful kitchens, but are each neutral enough for people to imagine adding their own personal touches. Also, by keeping things neutral, the kitchen’s style can remain timeless.

Kitchen Views
www.kitchenviews.com

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Refacing and Re-Dooring

BEFORE - office break room with white Thermofoil cabinetry

BEFORE – office break room with white Thermofoil cabinetry

Refacing and Re-Dooring
by John Allen

There are a number of different ways that an existing kitchen can be given a facelift with new doors and drawer fronts. The first is simply removing the present doors and drawer fronts and replacing them with a new style in a matching color, which is often called re-dooring. This is done most often with painted cabinets, as white cabinets are easier to match with new doors that stained wood cabinets.

DURING REFACING - workman prepares sections of cherry laminate.

DURING REFACING – workman prepares sections of cherry veneer.

In addition to replacing doors and drawer fronts, refacing involves covering the front and sides of the cabinet with a new, finished material. Plywood panels are attached to the sides of the cabinet and a finished wood veneer is attached to the fronts. New molding is generally attached to the top and bottom of the cabinets to finish the look. Drawer boxes and glides can be reused. But, often homeowners will replace them with new, dovetail drawers and full extension hardware.

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Due to the labor involved with building parts to size and installation, the cost of refacing can be close to the price of new, mid-range cabinets. However, one of the greatest advantages is that there is much less disruption with refacing. Oftentimes, items can stay in the cabinets while the work is being done.

DURING - old cabinetry doors and drawer fronts have been removed. Lamination of new cherry veneer has begun on the cabinet boxes.

DURING – old cabinetry doors and drawer fronts have been removed. Lamination of new cherry veneer has begun on the cabinet boxes.

DURING REFACING - the dishes didn't even have to be removed during the work.

DURING REFACING – the dishes didn’t even have to be removed during the work.

DURING REFACING - contents can be left in the cabinets. But the drawers were removed and we selected to replace the originals with new wood drawer boxes in addition to the new cherry wood drawer fronts.

DURING REFACING – contents can be left in the cabinets. But the drawers were removed and we selected to replace the originals with new wood drawer boxes in addition to the new cherry wood drawer fronts.

Instead of weeks without an operational kitchen, the time for a refacing install is usually just a few days. If the kitchen cabinets are structurally sound and configured in a layout you like, refacing may be an avenue worth pursuing.

AFTER - office break room with cherry wood cabinetry doors and laminated cherry veneer covering other surfaces.

AFTER – office break room with cherry wood cabinetry doors and laminated cherry veneer covering other surfaces.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020
jallen@kitchenviews.com
www.kitchenviews.com


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