Sometimes All You Need is a Facelift

Refacing a Tired Kitchen

One of my favorite clients wanted to freshen up her kitchen. She didn’t like the cabinets or granite, but more than that, the previous contractor had done a terrible job painting the cabinets and it was peeling away after only a few years. Because she had her wood floors refinished not long ago, we decided to stick to the original cabinet footprint and just reface the cabinets and update the countertop. We also gave her a couple of upgrades while we were at it. We installed a new pantry, updated a cabinet to a trash pull-out, and rounded the counter peninsula to accommodate more seating.

This client is very open to new trends and bold choices so we chose slab front doors (easy cleaning) in a moody dark gray and white veined quartz counters. We then added gold hardware to give it a little bling and it looks beautiful. Modern, clean, and more functional for her family. Old kitchen photos first:

And now the new kitchen:

This may no be everyone’s cup of tea, but as you can see this is a working kitchen, not just for show. The client is a gourmet cook and function was a priority. These door fronts are easy to clean and much more sleek and modern than the traditional raised panel doors that were looking tired. Plus we ditched the door over door and gave her one long door to create a cleaner look. With more storage and a trash can that’s actually in the kitchen, this space works better for this busy homeowner. Plus the doors are from Walzcraft and will never peel on her!

So here is the thing: before you go “all-in” for a brand-new kitchen, consider all the reasons why it works or doesn’t work for you. Are the cabinets good quality? Does the layout work? Do you just need some updated features? If that’s the case, maybe a facelift is a good option. And it could cut your cost by 50% or more.

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Nancy bradley

I consult, design, and remodel spaces that reflect the homeowner’s lifestyle and budget by getting the cost question out of the way and really listening to what my client wants and how much they have set aside for their project.