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Should I Reface or Replace My Cabinets?

HGTV shows have been driving home the idea that a super easy, cheap kitchen remodel is an option for anyone with an existing kitchen. You’re then faced with the dilemma, do I reface or replace my cabinets? Most people think that simply repainting your existing cabinets is the cheapest way to go, and often that’s correct. However, depending on a few factors, new cabinets could be the better option for you after all things are considered. To figure out which option is right for you, you should ask a few key questions…

How old are your kitchen cabinets? Are the interiors falling apart? While slapping a fresh coat of paint on the outside of your cabinets will give them curb appeal. Are the drawers gliding in and out smoothly? Are the shelves straight? Or are they warped and sagging? Is the lining or finish holding up? Are you seeing exposed particle board? If any of these seem to be a problem, perhaps purchasing new cabinets might be a better option. Once you factor in the cost of fixing drawer guides, painting the exterior, fixing or replacing hinges.. A new set of cabinets could quote out to be just as cost effective.

Furthermore, are you looking to upgrade your cabinets? If you’re looking to add soft close doors and drawers for example… That can be a huge hassle to add to existing cabinets. Drawer boxes will likely need to be modified to fit a soft close drawer guide.

Ask yourself, do you like the layout of your kitchen? If you’ve always hated that one corner cabinet now could  be the time to change it with a new set of cabinets.

Will you be changing out your countertops? If you are then a new set of cabinets will most likely be the better option for you. If you are looking to keep your countertops then refacing is most likely your best option. Salvaging countertops is a tricky operation and will likely cost you more in labor.

Will you be changing your flooring? It’s usually handy to have your cabinets level with your flooring. If you’re changing out your flooring it might be worth it to invest in new cabinets. If you change your flooring, but not your cabinets you run the risk of having your dishwasher sitting in a slight hole. This could prove to be a real pain if you ever need to have your dishwasher serviced as it will be much harder to remove.

Poorly painted cabinet door

An example of a painted cabinet with poor preparation.

While refacing your cabinets will often be the cheaper option. A few considerations need to be looked at before hiring that painter, including whether or not they’ll do the job correctly. Checkout this cabinet painting horror story on Houzz. When all is said and done, you may have saved yourself a bunch of time, potentially money, and a big headache by simply purchasing new cabinets. Our in stock cabinetry is competitively priced and often bids out to be similar to some of the refacing quotes our customers have brought in.

 

 

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2021 Cabinet Color Trends


The highly anticipated moment has come, 2020 is officially behind us. A new year means a fresh look at design. In 2020 we saw the rise of bold colored cabinetry. From capri drift to charcoal blue we saw several jobs leave our warehouse that employed at least a little pop of color. As we go in to this year those trends seem to be following. However, we’re now seeing even more diversity in solid color offering from our cabinet lines. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel this year it might be worth considering at least one of these trendy colors:

Yorktowne Cabinetry in our showroom at 72nd and Q. Dearborne/Dixon door style in “Island Sheer” from the Iconic Series. Click here to see all of the colors Yorktowne offers.

Green: If you’re looking to bring an earthy or natural vibe into your home, green cabinets might be the move to make. Darker emerald greens pair well with butcher block countertops and bold bronze or gold hardware. Lighter mint greens can give your space more of a retro or calming feel.

Blue: You can take blue one of two ways, lighter and more serene or darker and more sophisticated.

Pastels: Lighter color cabinetry can bring a vintage vibe into your kitchen. If you aren’t feeling like a whole kitchen of pastel cabinets is for you, no worries we don’t blame you. However, using a pastel for an island or for a hutch away from the splashes could turn your kitchen from a utility space to a conversation starter. You can’t deny though, that entirely pastel blue kitchen sure is pretty.

Feel free to call us or click here to schedule an appointment with one of our designers to see how you can get some funky colored cabinetry into your kitchen or bathroom.

What Is Wellness Design? What Does It Have To Do With Cabinets?

Wellness design is design that employs materials that are conducive to wellness. This relates to several things in your kitchen from the paint color to even the specific brand of your cabinetry. The most basic principle of wellness design is to choose soothing colors. This may seem pretty intuitive, but it’s important to choose colors in your home that create a sense of calm. Here we can provide you with kitchen and bath cabinetry in a wide range of soothing and natural colors. Another principle of wellness design is lighting. It’s important to choose lighting fixtures that give off a welcoming warm, welcoming light.

Possibly the most important and direct principle of wellness design is the use of materials. Be sure to use materials that are environmentally conscious and don’t use too many harsh chemicals to manufacture. Off-gassing is a very real thing and can directly affect yours and your family’s health. Here at Cabinet Factory were proud to carry several brands that pay close attention to their manufacturing quality. In fact, our primary cabinet supplier Koch Cabinets continues to meet the requirements to be a part of the KCMA’s “Environmental Stewardship Program”. This means Koch’s Cabinets have met certain requirements on air quality and pollution prevention. Additional requirements for this program include resource sustainability and waste minimalization. You can sleep well knowing that you’ve invested in cabinets that are ethically sourced.

Koch isn’t our only cabinet line that offers sustainable, greener cabinetry. Holiday Kitchens holds the same certification. Holiday says “green isn’t just a color, it’s a culture.” By committing to the following actions Holiday Kitchens are creating greener cabinets:

  1. Conserve natural resources
  2. Avoid volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions
  3. Contribute to a safe and healthy indoor environment
  4. Are more durable, thus having a lower impact on the environment
  5. Are produced with minimal waste and pollution
  6. Are created within a low-energy environment

We have several options for both kitchen and bath cabinetry here at Cabinet Factory that look great and make you feel great!

Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

  1. Your home value increases immediately after a kitchen remodel. Home values in the Omaha metro are dramatically increasing. New cabinets and countertops will certainly add to that.
  2. Save money on your taxes.
  3. Your house will sell quickly with a beautiful new kitchen
  4. Create a space that you and your family will make memories in together
  5. Save on dining out by getting a kitchen you actually want to be in. Grocery prices are low and restaurant taxes are high!
  6. It’s easier to prepare healthy options in your own space versus going out.

Some Tips for Creating a Great Bathroom Space

As with any bathroom design, invest in a good shower, toilet and sink with a vanity cabinet. Make sure there is a mirror and decent lighting for people to get ready. A bathtub probably won’t be necessary in your guest bathroom design unless you anticipate visitors with small children. While you can experiment with color in the master bathroom, it’s best to adhere to a neutral or monochrome palette in the guest bath. Play with textures and shapes and incorporate a statement piece but try to appeal to everyone’s taste.

You’re not running a hotel, but it’s still nice to add luxe extras for your guests to enjoy during their stay. They’ll probably bring basic toiletries but put out a basket of high-end pampering products as well as supplying essentials they may have forgotten. Have a plush robe on hand for each person in addition to fluffy towels in different sizes, remembering to hang hooks or rails for them to dry on. Candles and diffusers give a welcoming feel and show your guests that you’ve taken the time to make them feel special.

While it’s important to show visitors that everything is at hand, things should be displayed with thought and presented meticulously. Open shelving is the best solution as people can find what they need without rooting around. When displaying items, sort them into groups and then vary their size, to give an ordered yet interesting look. Hairdryers and toilet paper can go in a little vanity included in your customized bathroom design storage. If open shelves isn’t an option our designers can make sure we’re maximizing the bathroom countertop space you’ll have. 

Remember to leave some space free when planning your remodel. Guests will appreciate having somewhere to put their own essentials. Resist the urge to accessorize too much. Guests might have to move a bowl of potpourri to clear space for their medications and essential toiletries! Also, remember that this is not a room to store your extra things. It should be a dedicated room for guests, at least while they are staying with you. A linen cabinet along with a vanity cabinet will offer plenty of space for your guests items. 

Think about who will be coming and for how long.  Bathroom rugs are a good idea to prevent elderly people slipping on a tiled floor. If your guests are long-term visitors (more than a few days) then include a laundry basket for them to use. Don’t forget extra touches like plungers, air neutralizers and extra toilet paper, to avoid potential embarrassment. This also applies to your frequently used powder room.

 

A Few Signs You May Need to Remodel

#1: You hate being in your kitchen.

There may have been a time when you were excited to spend time cooking in your kitchen, but as a decade or two have passed you find yourself exhausted. Updated kitchen cabinets and countertops can offer not only a new look, but kitchen organization. Using a kitchen is the only way to figure out whether or not it works for you and most of us find several problems with old floor plans. A kitchen remodel would remedy this.

#2: You want to keep up with trends

A good enough reason to remodel is the simple fact that you’re a trendy person. Updated kitchen cabinets can provide a fresh feeling that is sure to “keep up with the Joneses.” A good perk of this is that it’ll also add value to your home.

#3: Your kitchen is a mess

This could happen for a couple of reasons: one being that you’re just a messy person or for a lot of us it happens because we lack adequate kitchen organization. New kitchen cabinets give you the ability to customize your organization to your needs. Moving into a house with a dated kitchen can be frustrating. Trash cans aren’t conveniently located, cabinets are hinged on the wrong side, dishwashers get in the way when open, or the floor plan simply doesn’t make sense. Several design mistakes could be present and might have you in desperate need of a remodel.

Stock Bathroom Cabinets in Omaha

White and shades of grey are still popular in bathroom vanity cabinets. Simplified door styles also are carrying over into 2019 as a dominating trend. In order to make the bathroom remodeling process much faster we’ve taken it upon ourselves to stock 3 grey/white options. Stone, oyster, and white are all available to take today! They’re all in the popular shakes door style. These stock bathroom cabinets are a sure fire way to update your bathroom on a budget without sacrificing quality.

Considerations for Your Kitchen Remodel

1.     CHANGE UP YOUR LAYOUT.

The layout is the foundation of every kitchen design, and without an effective layout the best cabinets and appliances will not make your kitchen function well.  Try to imagine your kitchen as a blank slate and design it the way you want it.  You may find this requires moving the kitchen sink to a different location or re-configuring your kitchen cabinets.  Get this level of planning right and everything else will fall into place.  You will find it easier to move around in your kitchen and to peacefully co-exist with your family, friends, and guests.  You may even find with the perfect kitchen layout that you are ready to tackle new recipes or to entertain guests for a dinner or holiday party.

2.     KNOCK IT DOWN.

Maybe you find your kitchen is too small or awkwardly shaped.  While some changes can be made within the confines of your existing space, getting the kitchen design you really want may require more drastic measures.  No, we don’t mean you have to sell up and move, but you might consider making a structural change to your existing home.  Knocking down an internal wall, moving a wall, or bumping out an external wall are all options that allow you to turn a small, enclosed kitchen into an open plan space that is a dream for everything from cooking to relaxing to entertaining.  Before you pick up a sledgehammer yourself, remember that some walls contains electrical wiring or pipes, while others are load bearing walls.  Work with a kitchen design and remodeling professional that has experience in kitchen projects to make sure your project gets done right the first time.

3.     ADD MORE STORAGE.

If a key concern with your kitchen design is lack of storage, look beyond the confines of your kitchen to create more effective storage solutions.  Consider first what you need to store, the size of the items, and how frequently you use them.  If you only use your stand mixer for holidays, find it an off-season home in the basement or attic.  If, however, you have items you need to access on a more regular basis that are creating storage issues, look at the areas surrounding your kitchen for a solution.  You may have a small closet, hallway, or another space that could be re-purposed into a kitchen pantry.  To deal with kids dumping their muddy shoes and school bags in the kitchen, consider adding customized entry way or mudroom storage. 

4.     LOOK BEYOND THE KITCHEN.

Remember that your kitchen is an integral part of the functioning of your home, but it does not work alone.  What is your goal in remodeling your kitchen?  Are you trying to improve family life or make your kitchen design more conducive to entertaining?  While you are engaging a professional and embarking on a kitchen remodel it may make sense to also update your adjacent laundry room, utility room, or powder room.  Taking care of these requirements at the same time can save you time and even money, and it means you get the dream space you need rather than a sparkling new kitchen next to a dull, outdated powder room.  You home will function better and you will be ready to host amazing parties in your newly remodeled space!

On Trend: Contrasting Cabinets

Contrasting Perimeter/Island Cabinets

One of the most common ways to create a two-toned kitchen is to have a contrasting finish on the island while keeping the all the perimeter (wall) cabinets the same. We recommended keeping the perimeter cabinets light as they provide a neutral backdrop for the island finish. The kitchen island, the centerpiece of your kitchen, should be the show stopper! For a more traditional look, you can go for a warm wood stain for the island finish and pair it with a white or similar painted cabinet on the perimeter to finish the look.

Changing up the Upper and Lower Cabinets

Recently, we have seen contrasting finishes between the upper and lower cabinets. It’s a great twist to this kitchen cabinet trend! For balance, our designers recommend keeping the upper cabinets lighter in color, such as white, oyster, or light gray painted, and have the lowers be a darker shade. If you do the opposite, it looks like the upper cabinets are too heavy for the space.

Same with the design of contrasting perimeter and island finishes, you can have fun with the finish combinations. We see a lot of light painted finishes selected for the top with a darker paint or stain for the bottom cabinets, but you can also switch it up with stained finishes for a more traditional look.

Pairing Cabinets and Countertops

 

 

Matching your kitchen cabinets and countertops can be a tricky task. There are hundreds of possibilities for each, which means thousands of different possible combinations. All of these options may get a bit overwhelming, so we’ve assembled this handy guide to walk you through some of your options.

Modern Minimalism

If you prefer a more modern, minimalistic look in your kitchen, you probably want to go with a frameless cabinet with a full overlay type door style that is not too ornate. Or, perhaps a slab door style with a laminate or an exotic veneer. Depending on your preferred color palette, you can go with a solid painted door or go with a wood species with a calmer grain pattern with a stain. Your modern countertops should be something subtle with clean edges blend in with the simple lines of the cabinetry. Choose some sleek stainless steel appliances to go with it, and your new modern kitchen will be complete!

Keep it Traditional

If your tastes tend to be a bit more traditional, you would possibly like framed cabinets with inset doors. Darker woods such as oak, cherry, mahogany, and walnut will add warm tones to your traditional kitchen for that classic feel. A traditional kitchen design involves careful attention to details, such as more ornate door styles and moldings. For your traditional kitchen’s counters, granite, marble, wood or patterned engineered stone will help complete the look.

Best of Both Worlds

If you can’t decide whether to go modern or traditional, your design taste lies somewhere in the middle. Transitional style is a beautiful combination of modern and traditional that is sure to create a beautiful kitchen. Before starting on your transitional kitchen design project, it is important to have a clear theme in mind. It may help you to search for design ideas on the internet and print pictures of elements that you like from both modern and traditional. Allow your designer can help you figure out how to put them together.

Our designers and free design process here at Cabinet Factory Outlet are ready to help you find the perfect cabinet and countertop pairing.

Lead Time Notice

Cabinet Factory Outlet, Plus has always been committed to bringing our customers quality product at a reasonable price, as well as excellency in customer service. We aim to always be transparent with our customers, which is why we’d like to acknowledge the supply chain challenges our industry is currently experiencing: The high demand for product has been met with significant supply shortages nationwide, as well as transportation delays and significant labor issues. All of this has resulted in longer lead times.

We continue to keep all information to our customers current and honest. Please check with one of our sales associates for the most current lead time information. We would like to thank all involved, from source providers to our greatly appreciated customers, for your patience, understanding, and continued support during this time and into the future.