First Step: Assessing Your Update Needs
Updating your kitchen can be easy, and Rockler wants to
help make it a fun and pleasurable experience for you.
The vast majority of today's homeowners can update their
kitchens with a few simple procedures such as adding
some hinges and hardware, new cabinet doors and drawer
fronts, or by refacing existing cabinetry and casework.
So, before you begin, it's a good idea to decide on the
scope and magnitude of the update you want. There's no
sense in doing a complete makeover when a few dollars
and a couple of hours can accomplish what you want.
We'll help you through all the steps, from adding new
knobs and pulls, to adding new doors and drawers, to
refacing your existing cabinetry.
Replace Your Cabinets or Update Them?
Functionality should dictate the form of your
kitchen. If you want to make changes or improvements in
of your kitchen space, or change the location of your
cabinetry, then replacing it may be preferable. If
you're happy with the existing layout and workability of
your kitchen, updating your current cabinetry and adding
some functional accessories is better. (Don't worry or
fret, updating your current cabinetry can transform your
kitchen into a showcase. You can reface your cabinets,
for example, and everyone will believe that you've
installed completely new ones!)
Making your own cabinetry is an alternative but it is
a major undertaking. Although the project can be a
rewarding experience for the intermediate or advanced
woodworker or handy man or woman (we don't recommend
this project for the beginner), it can be disruptive to
family lifestyle. Even the best-planned construction
project can obstruct the normal use of your kitchen for
6 months or more. Testy and unfavorable conditions even
for the tolerant and patient kitchen boss. Buying
ready-made or prefabricated cabinetry can be just as
Here are some of the benefits to updating
your cabinetry versus replacing it:
- Old cabinets are often of better quality
construction than those made by today's standards.
(That's unless you make them yourself, of course.)
- You can save a substantial amount by Updating
- Your existing cabinetry is already installed,
leveled, plumbed, and operational. These can be
difficult conditions to duplicate in the
labor-intensive chore of installing new cabinets.
- Installing new cabinetry will entail the
dismantling of your existing kitchen. That will
require that you set up a temporary kitchen facility
in another part of your home. Utilities may need to
be shut off completely.
- Dismantling existing cabinetry can cause serious
damage to existing fixtures, walls, electrical
systems, and plumbing.
- You can save the hidden costs of installation,
delivery, taxes, et cetera by Updating Your
Cabinetry versus installing new.
»»» Read on for more useful information on
Updating Your Cabinetry
(With information on Painting,
Refacing, or Refinishing Your Cabinetry.)
(With information on Buying
Making Your Own Cabinetry.)
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