Can't afford remodeling our kitchen! Do you have any suggestions?
Posted by Allison Simson on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM By Allison Simson / March 30, 2009 Comment
Question: Wow, we just got a bid back from a contractor for remodeling our kitchen. There’s no way that we can afford the whole project right now. How should we get started?
Answer: Rather than completely renovating their kitchen, some homeowners, particularly those on tighter budgets, tackle smaller jobs, such as reviving their kitchen cabinets. The renovation of cabinets can include refinishing, repainting, and replacing handles and hinges, among other things; and the entire project often costs only a quarter of the price for a complete renovation. Luis Terry, of Best Kitchen Cabinets in Rockville, Md., provides a number of wood and finishing samples to show to homeowners. When actually performing the project, solid wood can be refinished easily, but doors must be stripped and smoothed by hand in a shop. The cabinet's frame must also be finished or painted to match the doors. After the project is completed, the homeowner should polish the wood, and they should prevent buildup of grease or food particles on the cabinets. The entire project can take about two weeks, but most of the work will actually be done at a wood shop. When renovated properly, solid wood cabinets can last 30 to 40 years, says Terry. 2009 Information.Inc.
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