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jwr 02-25-2011 11:42 AM

Painting or Replacing Kitchen cabinets
Hi people, inned some advice on Kitchen is my problem,my current cabinets are 18 years old, they don't look in too bad shape for their age.

but i am concerned if I will find any major problems, will painting, so-far upon closer inspection I have found a few shelfs that are warped and need replacing, and some of the hinges need replacing as well. painting will defiantly save $$, but buying new ones will guaranty no worry s.renovating to sell.

Would appreciate any advice.:)

KareConstruction 03-02-2011 07:10 AM

If you are renovating to sell, I would definitely recommend putting in the new kitchen cabinets, that way you pretty much guarantee no problems. I had a customer similar to yours who was trying to save a little money and tried to fix a few things here and there because he was selling his house and it wound up hurting him in the long run. Somebody looking at a house will definitely notice those problems you described.

handyguys 03-02-2011 01:39 PM

I would say it depends when you are selling, how the market is in your area and what the comperable houses to yours have. If every other house on the market has new kitchen cabs and yours doesnt then yours wont sell easily. if every comperable house has crapppy 18 year old kitchens and your has shiny new cabs and countertops then yours will sell first. Remember, time is money. You may not recoup the entire investment in new cabs and countertops but it might make your house sell before many others.

AllanM 03-10-2011 02:36 AM

When replacing kitchen cabinets, make sure not to damage the wall together with the old cabinets. Sometimes you will just need to unscrew the cabinet from the wall. Take time and find every screw and use a utility knife to take any caulk off the edges.

Maggiesmith564 11-10-2011 07:03 AM

well thanks!!!!!!!!!!

joecaption 11-10-2011 07:14 AM

In the time it would take you to clean repair, sand, prime, and paint I could have built two whole kitchens with new cabinets. yours would look like painted cabinets, mine would look brand new.

samanthasmithin 11-24-2011 10:41 PM

Hi there,

The wood of of those shelves must be of really good quality and that is the reason even after 18 years they look still the same.

My opinion it would be good to concentrate on the wood first. Like you can get them coated with varnish to keep it away from the attack of termites. Once you have done this you can opt for paints that are specifically produced for application on wooden surfaces.

bookerc 11-25-2011 10:52 AM

Good quality wood last for decades. But, if you think the wood is of not very quality then replacement may be best. But, again it depends on your budget.

storm_ace_06 11-26-2011 02:46 PM

IMO if you are only redressing the kitchen to sell the cheapest and simple way to sort it out is replace the doors and draw fronts, makes it look smart and fresh, re coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, any damaged shelfs could replace, very cheap if your kitchen units are the formica stuff, (coated woodchip)

markleena 12-28-2011 01:15 AM

Good quality wood lastlonger:). But, if you think the wood is of not very quality then replacement may be best.

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