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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.

On Trend: 2020’s Top Kitchen Trends

This year’s kitchen design trends are made for the modern homeowner, boasting warm colors, stunning contemporary kitchen cabinets, and cutting edge kitchen features and appliances. In your upcoming kitchen remodel, try out some of these trends for 2020 that kitchen designers and admirers will be sure to love.

Open Space Kitchen Concept

Choosing open space kitchens, by integrating the kitchen and living room space, is becoming more and more popular. Modern kitchens are designed to facilitate an informal, interactive lifestyle where people can get together to entertain, socialize or work. An open kitchen concept can also make a small space or residential kitchen feel much larger. Tearing down walls is an easy way to trick the eye into thinking that you have got more square footage than you really do.

Classic Black and White Kitchens

This time-tested color scheme is back for the luxury buyer in 2020. Consider using this understated design pattern of black and white kitchen cabinets to make other details stand out, such as elegant kitchen appliances, your modern kitchen layout or a bold art piece. Consider swapping in a shade of gray for a less traditional look in your custom kitchen. If you are a fan of dark wood cabinets, be aware that modern kitchen design is moving away from the industrial style of the past five years and toward a more homey look. Add some extra coziness to your kitchen by selecting a specifically warm type of wood for your kitchen cabinets. Opt for a lighter kitchen countertop to balance out the overall color scheme.

Dark and Bold Kitchen Designs

If strong contrasts in your kitchen is not quite your style, and you are also not necessarily looking for a timeless, all-white kitchen, so often adorned by modernists and minimalists alike, there is another highly trending design option that may be relevant for you. Using dark and/or bold colors and designs in your kitchen is an ongoing big trend in 2020 that can be implemented in a variety of different ways. Splashes of color find their way into modern kitchen design in 2020 via accent walls, tiles or accessories such as vases and kitchenware. Another option is to add a darker finish to your kitchen cabinetry, such as dark wood veneer or to choose a bold countertop such as black granite. White will probably still stick around in parts of your kitchen though since after all, white or other light colors are essential to driving your home’s brightness and will, same as in past years, also remain popular in the future.

Mixed Kitchen Materials

Today’s kitchen designers are often creating a so-called “mixed” look for their clients by combining different materials and kitchen cabinet colors, hence breaking on purpose rules from the past decade. Pairing various kitchen materials and finishes together is a great way to add personality to your modern kitchen. This is especially effective for your kitchen countertops. A marble countertop with a wooden kitchen island, for example, can look beautiful when executed well and can create a touch of elegance in your kitchen space. Ask a kitchen designer about the kitchen materials that are trending in 2020, and which ones they recommend using for your particular space and needs.

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.

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.

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.

What Cabinets Should you Pick?

While there are a wealth of details in cabinet design styles, they all fall into two main groups: framed and unframed. Framed cabinets, with a raised panel of wood circulating the perimeter of the face of the cabinets, offers a warm, traditional look. If you’re looking for a warm and inviting style that fits with traditional aesthetics, then framed cabinets are the way to go. Unframed cabinets, consist simply of single, sleek panels as the faces of the cabinets. These types of cabinets are excellent for conveying a modern and sophisticated style.

After you’ve decided whether you want to go traditional or modern, the next step is to choose the material your cabinets will be constructed from. If you’re looking at wooden cabinets, then maple, cherry, oak, and pine are all gorgeous choices that won’t put too large of a strain on your wallet. If you have a bigger budget, then you may want to consider ebony, walnut, or bamboo for a more custom look. Many modern frameless cabinets are made of synthetic materials. Materials like glass, laminate, and lacquer. These materials offer more flexible and unique styles. If you’re looking to create a modern kitchen that stands out and impresses your guests, then looking into these modern materials will be beneficial.

Many homeowners do not require any sort of custom design in their kitchens. However, there are many others who find that the design of custom kitchen cabinets fits their lifestyle better and makes working in the kitchen much easier. Of course, custom kitchen cabinets will cost more than the regular stock cabinets, but if you have room in your budget, it’s definitely worth the expense for all the trouble it will save.

Questions for your Contractor

Although kitchen and bath cabinets along with countertops are a huge part of your kitchen remodel having a contractor that you trust is incredibly important for the remodel to go smoothly. Below we’ve gathered some questions to ask your contractor before signing on with them:

1. How long have you been in the home building and remodeling business?

2. Who is on your staff? – Are they a full-service company, or do they sub-contract elements of the job?

3. If they use subs, who are your sub-contractors?– For example plumbers, electricians, tile work, etc.

4. Will I have a project manager on-site or is there a particular contact within the company? – You want a single point person if you have questions that need immediate answers!

5. How do you handle change orders? – The approval process, additional fees, timelines, etc.

6. What is your payment procedure, how often do you invoice? – Deposit, milestone payments, monthly, bi-monthly payments, etc.

7. Will you itemize your estimate? – Ask for an itemized list include demolition, framing and finish work, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc. Is your bid an estimate or a fixed cost? Make sure you know before you sign a contract.

8. Can you provide references? Ask for three.

9. Has your company built any projects/homes like this one?

10. Are you fully licensed, bonded and insured?

11. Why are you interested in our project, what are your qualifications? A project goes much more smoothly if you have a connection with your contractor. Personality and rapport is important!

What To Ask A Remodeling Contractor About Your Project:
12. What is our specific project schedule? – Don’t begin a project without a detailed timeline including days and times workers will be on site and what tasks are to be accomplished by a specific date.

13. How will you protect my home and property? – Have this conversation before anything happens! Make sure that your contractor will seal rooms for dust, ask who will move large items and remove books, art etc..

14. What’s the best way to communicate if I have concerns? – Email, phone, text, make sure you have a way to get in touch, immediately if necessary!.

15. Is there something that concerns you about my project? – Ask this early. Hidden surprises can blow up a budget. Ask your contractor if there may be hidden issues and what it might cost to remedy them.

16. How will you let me know if there’s a decision to be made? – There are decisions that happen throughout a project. Make sure you have a clear method and timetable for making critical decisions.

17. Can I reach you after hours? – Make sure you can get in touch at any time. Pipes break, stuff happens! Make sure you can reach your contractor if an emergency happens after hours.

18. Will you need me to be available regularly to meet? – Some contractors like to have a weekly meeting to go over progress. For example, when the electrical boxes are set and can lights are placed to check placement before wires are run.

19. What documentation will I receive upon completion? – Ask about “end of project” paperwork. You should receive lien releases, marked up plans with as-built like electrical and utilities showing shut offs, copies of permits and inspection reports, list of subs and contact info, etc. Knowing what you’ll receive before you start, will make sure you have everything you need at the end of the job! Include all appliance manuals, warranties, and care information!

20. What type of warranty do you provide on your work and how long is it covered? – Most contractors offer warranties on their work, Ask your contractor what they will stand behind, how long they will cover their work, and what happens after the warranty is up!

 

When letting someone into your Omaha home to install your new cabinets and countertops getting a person trustworthy is key to the success of your remodel. Here at Cabinet Factory Outlet we have a list of contractors we can refer you to. We’ve been working with these guys for years and would be happy to help you find the right contractor for your kitchen or bath remodel. 

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.