The Look For Less

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

You can have a brand new kitchen in less than a week, and for less than $5,000. This is no joke and no gimmick. By simply refinishing your kitchen cabinets you can create that designer kitchen look for less.

Talented artisans, using a special stain or paint technique, can transform your bland kitchen cabinets into something truly spectacular. They can recreate the look of contemporary stainless steel or high gloss finishes or that of traditional wood-grain cabinetry, not to mention the hundreds of paint palette choices available, and all for just a fraction of the cost of replacing or refacing your cabinets.

If your cabinetry is in good condition, you are an ideal candidate for cabinet refinishing. The process is really quite simple. Once the client agrees on the color, the work begins and will be finished in a matter of days, not weeks or months like a traditional kitchen renovation.

The first step is to remove everything from the cabinets. The contractor then sands down the doors, drawer fronts and remaining cabinet facing. Painting is done by spraying the surfaces with a spray gun to obtain either a porcelain high gloss finish or clean, smooth semi-gloss or matte surface. If the client chose a stain rather than paint, then that is applied followed by a polyurethane clear coat. An experienced and professional company should provide you with a sample door, for a small cost.

The beauty of refinishing is that it can be done on all types of cabinetry. Even the builder’s installed Formica cabinets can be revitalized by refinishing techniques. For a cleaner fresher feeling, the insides of the cabinetry can also be refinished to match the outsides. This really portrays that designer feel.

Nothing is off limits with refinishing. Paint choices are available in any color of the rainbow from neutral browns and beiges to bold blues and reds. You are limited only by your imagination.

Once the refinishing is complete, install new hardware and handles and you have created a brand-new kitchen for a lot less. With the money you saved on cabinetry, you may have enough left over in your budget to replace the countertops with beautiful granite or update your appliances with state-of-the-art stainless steel.

Whatever you decide to do, you are well on your way to creating the kitchen of your dreams for a lot less. A typical kitchen refinishing job can be completed in just a few days and for less than $5,000. Who knows, once you refinish the kitchen you may want to tackle the bathroom or laundry room next.

Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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