The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 373
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 373

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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44 THE PALM BEACH POST RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998'n- '-' -. ' V, , ' Refacing gives cabinets new look for less fuss Refacing generally takes two to three days, in contrast to three weeks or more typically required for tearing our and replacing cabinets. Homeowners who crave a fresh-looking kitchen but don't want the expense of a conventional renovation have a savvy alternative: kitchen cabinet refacing. With a refacing job, consumers can keep their old, still-functional cabinet interiors, and replace only the doors, drawer fronts, and surrounding visible surfaces. Kitchen cabinet refacing is the solution when the household budget says "no" to a full-blown rehab. But it's also attractive to "the busy homeowner who simply doesn't want her "command central" unavailable for weeks, as in a conventional renovation. Refacing is a sensible answer when cabinets are still in good shape, but look outdated or are difficult to keep clean-looking, even with repainting. Refacing may also be ideal when a homeowner needs additional cabinets and wants older existing cabinetry to match the new ones. In this case additional cabinets are custom-crafted and existing cabinets are refaced to match. Refacing generally takes two to three ,.days, in contrast to three weeks or more typically required for tearing our and replacing cabinets. Homeowners can use their kitchens for most of the time during refacing no cooking on a camp stove or washing dishes in the laundry room, as during a full-scale kitchen renovation. Refacing may even offer better quality at a price than all-new cabinetry: Well-crafted old cabinets may be structurally The right contractor is as important as the right product choices, so consumers should find out how a contractor operates. Key question are these: Question: Does your contractor have good references and a good record? A nswer: Find out how long the contrac-" tor has been in business, ask for business references, and call them. Have the contractor to show you pictures of projects he's completed. Ask for customer references, and call them. Q: Is the contractor licensed and insured? A: Cabinet refacing and related kitchen upgrading work takes the sure hand of a professional, so make sure that's who you are hiring. Ask to see the contractor's license and his certificates for property damage, liability, and worker's compensation insurance and call the insurance company to be sure the policies are current. Q: Is your satisfaction guaranteed? A: Have your contractor explain what his manufacturer's warranty covers, and for how long. Ask if your contractor stands behind it. For a free booklet, "Cabinet Refacing for a Beautiful Kitchen," write to Sears Home Improvement, 3333 Beverly Road, BC11 6B, Hoffman Estates, 111. 60179. finger pulls routed into doors, and hidden Blum hinges. Versatile colors are high on homeowners' wish lists when it comes to a kitchen face-lift. Popular choices include go-with-anything white and almond solid color laminates that let customers follow the rules about using light colors to open up small dark kitchens. White can be brightly contemporary or elegantly traditional. Almond warms up contemporary styling, and is a natural for country or traditional styles. With wipe-clean laminate surfaces, upkeep of any light color is easy. A dozen wood-look laminates are also available, including oaks with rustic, prominent grains; formal cherry; and versatile maple. For even more custom choices, wood looks are available in various stains, from dark to light Some consumers choose a tinted wood that lets the grain show, but adds color a tint of gray, bisque-peach, or ivory to evoke a romantic country or resort-like contemporary look. Routing (grooves) can even be contrast-colored to pick up other colors in the kitchen. sounder than new, stock cabinets of low to moderate price. To replace old cabinets with same quality new ones might require a move-up to costlier semi-custom or custom cabinets. Sears Home Services custom-crafts new cabinet doors and drawer fronts by bonding genuine Formica brand and Wil-sonart brand laminates to wood fibercore, which is denser than particleboard used in many stock cabinets. Drawers have side mounted metal rollers and cabinet doors have self-closing hinges. Installers clean up the cabinets inside and out, and haul all away debris from the job away. Kitchen refacing can offer much the same range of choices available with full renovation. Homeowners choose from a variety of classic cabinet styles. In general plain fronts give a modern look, straight, raised-panel fronts create a traditional country look, and cathedral (curved-top), raised-panel fronts give a formal traditional look. 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