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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodel in a Rental?

pantone pairings by david schwen
Pantone Pairings by David Schwen

Do you hate your cabinets as much as I hate my cabinets? They're so ugly, they make the old refrigerator look good (ba-dum-bum. Thank you very much, I'll be here all week). Why haven't I done anything about them, you ask? First of all, we (my cabinets and I) do not have a long-term commitment. I am a renter. I know, I know, just because I don't own them doesn't mean I can't make some changes. I could, for example, put knobs on the doors. That's right, no knobs. They're also hung about four inches too high. I can only reach things on the first shelf. Everything else requires a step stool. Annoying.

It's too late for my cabinets and me. I have already decided to move on (out). But that doesn't mean you can't make a change--especially if you own. If your cabinets are making you unhappy, it is time for you get some professional help. Trust me, it's not going to get better until you decide to make it better. But it doesn't mean you have to get rid of the old ones, there are other, more environmentally and affordable ways to do it. For Example:

1. Consider keeping the cabinets and doing a makeover. Painting, removing doors, changing hardware are all options.

2. Keep the cabinets, reface the doors.This consists of either removing and replacing the doors entirely, or adhering a wood laminate to the outside of your present doors.

3. Whatever you do do not cheap out--cabinets are something every home buyer notices and if they're cheap it's going to be obvious. Plus, cheap wood most often is not sustainably harvested and you already know how I feel about that.

 Good Links:

 KitchenMagic.com (Good information is available on their website, servicing PA, NY, CT, NJ) 

 KitchenSolvers.com (Again, company with some good information, locations nationwide)

 Custom Cabinet Refacing (Northern California-Marin, Monterey, Santa Cruz etc.)