Hey there... Just in time for Christmas, I'm back with another amazing blog entry! This time showing the work we do refacing existing kitchens. This job was done for a home in beautiful downtown St. George, UT. In the first pic, you see the kitchen the way we found it. Flat panel doors with a simple etching for decoration and brass bronze colored floral knobs. These first three are the right hand side upper cabinets. The last two pics show the crown molding and the finished panel side. We also used matching wood handles. The next set of two pics shows a more up close view of the right hand corner cabinets. They bordered on a window over the sink. As you can see in the pics, they used a scalloped border as a low hanging crown over the sink above the window. We pulled our crown molding across after tearing the other down. It frees up the window area, lets in more light and generally just looks better.
The next set are the right hand side lowers. Both sides of the sink had a "Lazy Susan" cabinet. These cabinets are corner units in which the shelves are mounted on a vertical axle. The shelves move by pushing. The second pic shows the unit without a counter top and doors. It's also missing its shelving. The final pic shows how the "Lazy Susan" looks when the doors are closed. It gives you the impression of two normal cabinets at right angles to each other. You can also see new sink and the difference in the counter top colors.
The next set of pics are the top left hand corner uppers. As you can sorta see... Between this corner set, there is another small upper to the extreme left. Directly between them is where the oven was stationed. There was a range overhead piece we took out and in its place, we put a small unit. A new stove will fit in nicely and the fan/vent will fit up against the bottom of this cabinet. The second finished pic shows the whole right upper bank.
From there we move down and show the left hand lower corner. In the first pic you can see the original counter top, the chocolate colored sink and the dishwasher. The second pic is the partially finished section with the "Lazy Susan". You don't see the counter top, but you can see inside that corner unit to get an idea what happens there. (Note: These "Lazy Susan" cabinets were actually made round. That gives you an idea how old they are. These days, We leave the space open and let the shelving turn in a more open space.
The next couple of pics are the lower and upper to the extreme left. We did a couple things here. First of all, we added a drawer bank beside the lower. Second, we added a small cabinet between the left upper and the main left hand. You can see the second cabinet. Both have a top drawer and a door below. This is a very popular cabinet and allows us to fill the space around the newer stove designs.
The last three pics show a wider view of the left hand side. Both the lowers and the upper. The first pic shows where the stove light and vent were positioned while the second two show how we finished the cabinets on that side. The second pic shows the cabinets right after we'd pulled the original counter top, installed additional units and finally, refaced them. The final pic shows the left hand side with all of the changes we'd made including the new counter top. You can see the finished panel ends, the crown molding and the more efficient use of space. With a little time and energy, we were able to revitalize and bring new life to this kitchen. What started out as a dull kitchen is now "Dull-icious!"
At anywhere from a third to a half of the cost of redoing your cabinets, you can have a new looking kitchen just like this unit without the hassle and inconvenience of new cabinets. Little to no demolition work and almost everything is reused to conserve materials. You can also make some changes such as additions to help redefine the space available in your kitchen.