We are a few weeks into the remodeling project and so far its going well. The powder room has been removed, new hardwood replaced tile and the gigantic window has been switched out.
For me, the kitchen refresh is the most exciting part of the project. I call it a “refresh” because the appliances stay and I just could not justify replacing the cabinets. They are not that old, of pretty good quality and the configuration works. But I wanted to change the look so we’ve hired a specialty painter to transform them.
Creating that “factory” finish on the cabinets is a week-long process. First, the doors and drawer faces are removed and taken to the shop. Next, the inside of the cabinet boxes are sealed off. Then the carpenter installs the new custom panels underneath the counter overhang and also builds a surrounding cabinet for the refrigerator. The panels were built to replicate the existing end-panels (second photo). Next they come back and prime and then spray the boxes. Last, they bring the cabinet doors back to install them.
If you like the style and quality of your cabinets but want to change the look, professional painting can give you the desired results at a fraction of the cost of replacement.
Resale Note: Kitchen Remodeling and ROI
The Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, produced by Remodeling magazine in cooperation with the National Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Magazine, provides estimated costs for 36 midrange or upscale home-improvement projects, along with the percentage of cost that owners can expect to recoup when they sell. Projects range from a new garage door to a master suite addition.
According to the 2015 Report – Large scale jobs are not likely to return the full cost but some smaller jobs can return up to 100%. Kitchens still offer the most remodeling bang for the buck. The only remodeling job breaking into the top 10 in terms of payback is the minor kitchen remodel with a national average cost of $19,226 and a national average payback of 79.3 percent.