Choosing Your Cabinet Door Color

When you order replacement cabinet doors, you have lots of options to choose from, so many that finding the perfect one can feel overwhelming.  As always, we aim to make things easy on you. Explore this guide to help you pick the ideal color for your cabinet door replacements.

Choosing Cabinet Door Colors Based on Wood Species

The wood you choose for your replacement cabinet doors may determine how it can or should be finished. Oak or Ash, for example, is almost never painted because it has large pores that soak up the paint and leave a rough-looking finish as well as visible grain.  Maple, or Alder, by contrast, takes well to both paint and stains. And gives a much smoother finish. If you have questions about how well a specific wood species will finish, reach out to one of our experts.

Choosing Cabinet Door Colors Based on Cabinet Style

Cabinet door styles range from the classic’s like the  Liberty, Heritage or Revere, to the contemporary Shaker, Artesia or Auburn. There are no strict rules about what colors pair with what styles, but there are combinations homeowners have returned to time and again.  Cabinet doors with minimal design are often painted solid colors that give off a clean and polished look like a Bright White, or light gray.  The more ornate doors are often stained or painted to a darker color, or have decorative finishes like glazing.

Choosing Cabinet Door Colors Based on Surface Covering

The two most common ways to add color to cabinet doors are by painting or staining. Paint delivers a smooth, flat finish, especially if it’s sprayed.  Whereas stain soaks into the wood and colors it without covering up the texture and grain. Both options are available in hundreds of different colors, but each has colors the other does not. A cabinet door painted red, for example, will look different than a cabinet door stained red. Neither option is especially difficult to apply yourself, so make your decision based solely on the look you’re after.

Choosing Cabinet Door Colors Based on Interior Design

How the area around the cabinet doors looks tells you a lot about what color to choose. Ideally, your new doors should perfectly complement the room they are in whether that be the kitchen, bathroom, or office. The cabinet door color can complement the color on the walls or contrast it. You can aim to make the cabinets the focal point of the space with a bold color or have them blend in with more subtle hues. Whatever you do, make sure your cabinet door color is one element within a cohesive whole.

One way to get ideas and inspiration is to think about the cabinet doors you’re replacing. What did you love or hate about these doors? Do you want the replacements to be the same or different? Once you answer those questions, you can narrow down the number of color options significantly.

Choosing Cabinet Door Colors Based on Practicality

If you have a high-traffic home, perhaps with little kids around, you want the color you choose to be practical. For instance, a color that shows stains or scratches easily might not be the best option. Regardless of the color you chose, be sure to apply a finishing product that offers superior durability and washes easily. You may also want to finish lower cabinets (that see more abuse) a different color than upper cabinets.

Choosing Cabinet Door Colors Based on Future Owners

How long do you plan to live in your current home? If the answer is only a few more years, you need to think about what cabinet door colors the next owners might want. Obviously, no one buys a house based on cabinet colors alone. However, spaces like the kitchen do have a huge influence on buying decisions, and the cabinets are a prominent element within the kitchen. You are unlikely to alienate anyone with the cabinet colors you choose but beware of picking something too bold like lime green.

Choosing Cabinet Door Colors Based on Personal Preference

The best color for your replacement cabinet doors is whatever color you like the most. Maybe you have always wanted to have an orange kitchen or to paint every door a different color. It’s your space and the decision on cabinet colors is entirely up to you. Don’t be afraid to get creative, buck tradition, or pick colors based on whatever catches your eye. As long as the color makes you happy, it’s the perfect choice.

When you order from CabinetDoors.com, you have a few finish options. You can Order your replacement cabinet doors “unfinished,” meaning they come shipped to you pre-sanded and ready to paint, or stain.  Or you can order them ‘prefinished,” meaning they already have a color, or a clear finish applied from our list of available options. Either way, we make it easy to find the exact doors you’re looking for.

CabinetDoors.com is your source for custom-made Replacement cabinet doors that look amazing in our 5 selected Sherwin William colors. Contact us to speak to our helpful staff and discuss your cabinet door project today!

What is Cabinet Refacing?

What is Cabinet Refacing?

Here’s a conundrum many homeowners face: While your cabinets look dated and out of style due to their age, the cabinets themselves continue to perform perfectly from a functional perspective. You have to choose between getting rid of good cabinets or making do with yesterday’s looks. Luckily, thanks to cabinet refacing, there is also a third option.

How Does Cabinet Refacing Work?

The concept is simple. Instead of replacing all of your cabinets, you just replace the face of them – the parts people can see. Thanks to cabinet refacing, cabinets look new even though most of the internal materials are the same.

Refacing cabinets involves replacing a number of elements. Most importantly, you need to replace the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new versions sized to fit your current cabinets. You will also want to replace the cabinet hardware, including hinges and drawer pulls. Lastly, to round out the look, you need to cover the visible parts of the cabinets, including the spaces around doors and on the sides with a veneer that matches the doors and fronts.

Once finished, the cabinets look entirely different. Unless you told someone the project was merely cabinet refacing, they would think you installed completely new cabinets.

What are the Benefits of Cabinet Refacing?

Refacing your cabinets is an alternative to replacing the cabinets entirely. Installing new cabinets costs a lot of money, which is why it takes up so much of the average renovation budget. It also takes a lot of time to rip out old cabinets and hang up new ones. Beginning to end, the project could leave you without a functional kitchen for weeks. Completely replacing cabinets is a big decision for homeowners, which is why a lot of people put up with kitchens they don’t like for years and years.

Cabinet Refacing offers the look and feel of a complete kitchen renovation at a fraction of the cost. By some estimates, it costs about half as much for refacing cabinets compared to opting for a full replacement. It also only takes a couple of days to complete your cabinet refacing project compared to dozens of days for a full replacement. Best of all, if you’re a DIY enthusiast, this is a project you can complete on your own if you feel motivated.

Most people decide to reface their kitchen cabinets because they want to make a big upgrade on a small budget. Since cabinet refacing is so affordable and accessible, homeowners can update their style almost whenever they want. If your kitchen feels like it’s from another era or there is a particular style you find attractive, refacing puts the updates easily within reach.

Is Refacing Always an Option?

Great question. Cabinet refacing is possible with most cabinets. You can evaluate whether your cabinets are good candidates by looking at the construction of the cabinet box. If it’s made of plywood or MDF, panels that have smooth texture and no obvious damage, they can probably hold veneers.

Next, you need to inspect the face frames. Solid wood frames that do not show any signs of rot are fine to continue using. They will hold veneers and provide a firm anchor when you screw in new cabinet hardware. If you have a few damaged frames, it may be possible to replace just those cabinets and reface the rest.

The internal hardware is the last thing to evaluate. This includes the drawer tracks and the shelving equipment. If the hardware is worn out and cannot be replaced, it may not be worth going through with cabinet refacing because the cabinets will look great yet function poorly.

How Do I Get Started?

The first thing to do is spend some time in your kitchen (or bathroom or office or any room with cabinets). Try to figure out what you like the least about the cabinets. If it’s the look, refacing is definitely an option. If you’re unhappy with the size or the layout, however, you will want to consider replacing the cabinets completely.

Once you know your cabinets are good candidates for refacing, spend some time exploring all the different styles available. There are almost no limits on how you can transform cabinets using new doors, fronts, hardware, and veneers. Pick the style you like – modern, classic, cozy, etc. – as well the color scheme that catches your eye. You have tons of options to consider and many decisions to make, so don’t hesitate to spend some time selecting carefully.

As soon as the design is in place, you’re ready to start ordering materials. The cabinet doors and fronts are the biggest and boldest part of your cabinet refacing project, so why not start there? Measure the height and width of all the doors and fronts you want to replace. Ordering custom cabinet doors makes refacing a lot easier because your new doors are cut to be the exact same size as your current doors.

Custom doors and fronts are probably not as expensive as you expect either. If you order direct from a manufacturer like CabinetDoors.com, you can keep the cost of refacing as low as possible. When you’re ready to make progress on your project, contact us.

Does Your Kitchen Need a Facelift?

Does Your Kitchen Need a Facelift?

Your home is just like your body – it ages over time. As the decades go by, styles change, materials wear down, and signs of use begin to show. You also just get tired of an outdated look. That’s why we regularly try to enhance our looks and homes with projects. In the case of your home, this may be a kitchen remodel.

Every part of the home eventually needs attention, but the kitchen tends to wear down faster than other rooms. The kitchen is often the centerpiece of the home since it’s where you and your family spend a ton of time. All the traffic and messes take their toll on finishes and appliances. And if the space is not designed to your liking, it can quickly grow annoying.

The average age of a kitchen is around 15 years. While some kitchens are older than that, others wear out in under a decade. It’s entirely up to you if, when, and how you update your kitchen. However, you don’t want to wait too long trying to make do with a space you don’t love. Look for these signs that your kitchen is due (or overdue) for a facelift:

  • The Drawers are Hard to Close 

    Think of how often you open your kitchen drawers. If you have to jerk them open or they crash when closed, it means the runners are wearing out after years of friction. Sticky drawers alone don’t mean you need a remodel kitchen, but they are a sign your kitchen is not working as well as it could or should.

  • The Shelves are Warped or Broken 

    Storage space is essential in the kitchen. This is especially true for shelves where you store kitchen appliances and pantry goods. After years of carrying the load, shelves may have warped, cracked, or broken completely. Updating the kitchen offers a great opportunity to build more functional storage space where you need it most.

  • The Tiles are Chipped or Cracked 

    Tile is an ideal material for kitchens because it’s waterproof, easy to clean, and durable. But it’s not unbreakable. Over time, it’s easy for tiles to show signs of damage that make the entire kitchen look worn. Installing new tile gives the kitchen a fresh and clean look and lets you swap out the old colors/designs for something new and different.

  • The Cabinet Doors are Faded or Faulty 

    Your cabinet doors are the primary visual element in your kitchen. They are the prominent part of your kitchen that most people see. So, if the doors look old or out of style, the entire space appears that way. That’s actually good news because it means that you can make a big update to the space simply by replacing the cabinet doors. Compared to other kitchen remodel projects, hanging new doors is relatively easy and economical, especially for DIY enthusiasts or first-time home buyers.

  • The Appliances are Outdated 

    Just because an appliance is still working doesn’t mean it’s working well. An older refrigerator, for example, might use a ton of electricity, take up a lot of space, and look like something inherited from our grandparents. Buying new appliances is a quick way to make your kitchen look, feel, and function like a modern space.

  • The Lighting is Wrong 

    Kitchen lighting is tricky. If the space is too dark, it can feel dingy, but if it’s too bright, it can feel sterile and uninviting. If the lighting in your kitchen is off, having an electrician install additional lights or dimmer switches can transform the ambiance.

  • You Want to Sell the Home 

    The quality of your kitchen can make it a lot easier or a lot harder to sell your home. People are much less likely to buy a home where the kitchen is uncomfortable or in obvious need of updates. Conversely, if they love the kitchen, they may be able to forgive shortcomings in the rest of the home. The challenge for home sellers is making the kitchen more attractive without investing a ton of money in the process. Affordable upgrades like new wall paint, new cabinet doors, or new backsplashes all make a positive impression on buyers.

There are tons of ways to give your space a facelift without the cost or hassle of a total kitchen remodel. Instead of imaging your dream kitchen or thinking about everything you want to change, focus on the most upgrades that bring you the biggest bang for your buck. What needs your immediate attention? How much money do you have to spend on updates? What kinds of projects could you complete on your own? Answering these questions early makes your project a lot more manageable moving forward.

CabinetDoors.com is here to assist you with your kitchen upgrade. To learn more about the various ways of giving your kitchen cabinets a facelift and further insights from our in-house experts, contact us today.

Staining Cabinet Doors: Is it Better to Do it Yourself?

Staining Cabinet Doors: Is it Better to Do it Yourself?

Staining wood is a great way to add a color of your choosing without covering up the natural grain that makes the wood so unique.  When you stain a piece of wood, the stain soaks into the surface, rather than sitting on top like a coat of paint.  The completed product can look amazing even if it is DIY.

For people who love to be hands-on, staining cabinet doors yourself might be the best option.  But there are many others who are happy to hang their own doors, but would prefer to leave the staining up to a professional. Which kind of person are you? Find out by exploring the pros and cons of both options.

Pros of Staining Cabinet Doors

On CabinetDoors.com you can buy cabinet doors that come Unfinished and stain ready. Here’s some reasons you may want to stain them yourself:

  • Variety – There are hundreds of different stain options available. You can choose light or dark stains as well as a surprising number of bold colors. Since you are staining the doors yourself, the color you choose and how you apply it is entirely up to you.
  • Satisfaction – If you are someone who loves to enjoy the fruits of all your labors, then you’ll probably prefer to apply your own stain. Many people who enjoy woodworking relish the process of carefully applying stain and watching the finish transform. This process can be a lot of fun and make you feel proud of how good the finished product looks.
  • Cost – Unfinished and Stain ready cabinet doors can cost less than doors that are prefinished, depending on the wood type. So doing the work yourself can definitely save you some money. In addition to stain you’ll need a brush and/or white cotton rags, 220, and 400 grit sandpaper and a sealer. None of these supplies are too expensive or hard to find. Just make sure to shop around to get the biggest bang for your buck!

Cons of Staining Cabinet Doors

You can buy cabinet doors that come with your choice of stain already applied and cured, or you can pay a local professional to stain them. Here are some reasons why this may be the option for you.

  • Time – Staining cabinet doors is not a quick and simple process. There’s a lot of dry time between each step, and you’ll most likely be doing your project after work, or on weekends. Always do your research, and follow the instructions and recommended applications on the back of the can, if you need any tips or advice on a specific product then talk to a paint Pro at your local paint store.
  • Clear Coating- Making sure the clear coat is compatible with the stain product you use isn’t always easy. The clear coat needs to be oil based if you use an oil stain and water based if you use a water stain. There are also a variety of sheens to consider, and if you’re using gel stains you may not even need to clear coat. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, because if you don’t the clear coating process can be very confusing and could hurt the finish of the doors.
  • Difficulty – Applying stain isn’t rocket science, but it’s not an automatic process either. If you are new to DIY projects, this may be one you want to avoid as a first-time project. With the wrong materials or techniques, you can end up with an odd-looking finish on your new cabinet doors. Plus, staining is a messy process that can leave clothes and surfaces ruined if you’re not careful. For all these reasons, many people elect to have their doors professionally stained by the manufacturer, or a local painter.
  • Stress – Maybe you’re adding new cabinet doors as part of a bigger kitchen renovation effort. Or maybe you’re focused on updating another part of the house but want to add something new to the kitchen at the same time. Juggling multiple projects at once isn’t easy, especially if you’re handling some, most, or all of the work on your own.

Buying cabinet doors that are already stained is an easy way to avoid making a long list of projects even longer. And don’t worry, your DIY credentials are still completely intact – even if you don’t apply your own stain.

Which option is right for you? If you’re still trying to make up your mind, it might help to explore how the cabinet door installation process works. You will be hanging the doors whether they come pre-stained or not. If the installation already seems like a big undertaking, consider leaving the staining to professionals. Or, if it seems like a piece of cake, you probably won’t be overwhelmed by the staining process.

The very first step is to find replacement cabinet doors made from quality materials and custom cut to fit your current cabinets. Find exactly that by contacting CabinetDoors.com.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Cabinet Doors

The Importance of Cleaning Your Cabinet Doors

If you haven’t cleaned your cabinet doors in a while, you’re hardly alone. This is not the kind of chore people do regularly, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid cleaning cabinet doors entirely. This post will show you why it’s important and give you some tips for keeping your doors in top shape year around.

How Do Cabinet Doors Get Dirty?

Everything in your home gets dirty over time. That being said, your cabinet doors are probably a lot dirtier than you think. That’s especially true for cabinet doors since they don’t get cleaned very often, if at all. And when they do, they only get wiped down with a bit of water where there is a smudge. For all these reasons, the majority of your cabinet doors may have never been thoroughly cleaned before.

That is a problem because cabinet doors also pick up a lot more grime and germs than people expect. Think of the most common places for cabinets – the kitchen and the bathroom. In the kitchen you have grease and smoke to contend with and in the bathroom, there is soap scum. In both places, there’s a lot of steam and humidity. Combine that with the fact that cabinet doors are often low to the ground and it’s clear why they pick up so much filth.

Why Should I Keep Cabinet Doors Clean?

Many people don’t make cleaning cabinet doors a priority simply because they don’t realize the doors are even dirty. That begs the question – if you can’t spot the dirt why deal with cleaning? The answer is because it upgrades your home in ways you don’t even expect. Here are some examples:

  • Make Your Home More Sanitary – Your home is your headquarters. You don’t want it to make you sick. Even if your cabinet doors are not the dirtiest part of the home, they still need to be sanitized to ensure the whole family is not being exposed to accumulating germs.
  • Make a Space Look and Feel Fresh and Clean – Since you see your cabinet doors every day, you probably don’t notice just how much grime has built up on the surface. Cleaning it off makes the doors itself look new.
  • Make Your Cabinet Doors Last Longer – Dirt and grime wear down the finish on cabinet doors and eventually the wood underneath. If you wait too long between cleaning cabinet doors, the dirt may be difficult or even impossible to remove. As a result, you’re left with damaged and degraded doors. Replacing them is easier than you think, but you still want your current doors to last as long as possible.

Tips for Cleaning Cabinet Doors

Cleaning your cabinet doors is not rocket science. You still want to follow a specific method to ensure you get the cabinet doors as clean as possible without damaging the surface. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Use a Mild Cleanser – You want something tougher than water alone but nothing that’s so harsh it damages the cabinet doors. Use a spray bottle to mix up one part dish soap or vinegar to two parts water. Make sure the water is warm to help take up the grease.
  • Apply Lightly – Too much cleaner, even the right cleaner, is not good for your doors. Spray the cleaner directly onto a clean rag, not on the cabinet itself. Apply more cleaning spray as needed, just not so much that it’s dripping off the rag.
  • Wipe and Scrub – Cleaning cabinet doors should be done systematically. Start at the top and work your way down ensuring you reach every bit of surface on the door. If there are places that require scrubbing or are hard to clean with a rag (like the hinges) use an old toothbrush.
  • Final Rinse – Once all the cabinet doors have been tackled with cleaner, rub them down again with clean water. This helps to remove any lingering dirt as well as residue from the cleaner.
  • Final Dry – The last step is to wipe all the cabinet doors down with a clean, dry cloth, preferably microfiber. Leaving water on the doors can cause the finish to crack or bubble.

Replacement vs. Restoration

As you’re cleaning the doors, take note of what kind of condition they’re in both before and after you clean them. Over time, cabinet doors get scratched, stained, weathered, and worn out. And no matter how much elbow grease you apply, these imperfections can’t be cleaned out. At a certain point, you need to consider whether replacing your current doors makes more sense than trying to restore them.

The team at CabinetDoors.com makes replacement easy. We custom-cut your new doors to fit your existing cabinets perfectly, and all our doors are made of premium woods in leading styles. Whenever you’re ready to learn more, please contact us.

DIY Tips for Staining Your Unfinished Replacement Cabinet Doors

DIY Tips for Staining Your Unfinished Replacement Cabinet Doors

When you buy unfinished cabinet doors, you have the option of hiring a professional to custom stain your doors, or you can go down the DIY path and stain them yourself. Some homeowners like the simplicity and convenience of hiring a professional, but it can become quite costly. Many others prefer to stain their cabinet doors themselves. If you fall into the second category, use this step-by-step guide to complete your project:

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