Article by Andrew P. Cyrus
At some point you will need to think about doing something about the cabinets in your kitchen. Time takes its toll and no matter what you do about it there will be decisions to be made. Do you buy new cabinets or do you reuse kitchen cabinets that are already in place? This blog post will explore the advantages and the drawbacks of reusing old kitchen cabinets. Specifically I will get into how you will save money, be able to achieve a classic look that will stun guests, the time consuming nature of doing the job, how it’s a revolt against the current consumer culture and how, in the end, you can take pride in a job well done. There’s a lot to cover, but by the end of the article I hope you will see why it is not a bad idea to reuse kitchen cabinets.
A really obvious advantage of reusing your old kitchen cabinets is the money you save. With many cabinets priced in the 0-0 area according to homedepot.com there will be a lot of money to be saved. If you need to replace kitchen cabinets throughout your kitchen you’re easily looking at 00-00. As a consumer this is one time where you may want to consider recycling!
It’s the norm these days that when something needs to be replaced you simply toss the old product in the trash. Although it’s a good thing for the economy (on a national level) it’s usually a very bad thing for the environment (on a very global level). I’m not about to preach environmentalism. I’ll leave that to others, but by reusing kitchen cabinets you can do your personal economy a lot of good and do your part in helping the environment as well. Sometimes old school values such as not throwing perfectly good stuff in the dumpster really can pay off.
As trends change old school looks get another day in the limelight. Reusing kitchen cabinets will allow you an opportunity to take advantage of that. Restoring the kitchen cabinets will allow you to get a kitchen design you might have to pay thousands of dollars for in stores. An added advantage is that your kitchens look will actually be authentic as opposed to what you would buy in the store. Taking the time to restore your cabinets can pay dividends.
It is, however, true that it is time consuming to reuse kitchen cabinets. There are no two ways about that fact. You will be looking at a job that will probably occupy you for many hours. If you don’t like DIY style tasks you’re probably better off buying brand new cabinets. On the other hand, if you don’t mind getting stuck in this is a great project.
More importantly, every time you walk into your kitchen after restoring the kitchen cabinets you will be able to enjoy the pride of a job well done. I have to tell you, there is nothing more satisfying than that. And it’s a joy you can enjoy on a daily basis for many years to come!
In summary, it’s a time consuming process if you decide to reuse kitchen cabinets instead of buying brand new ones. However, there are also a lot of advantages. You save a lot of money, you get a classic look that is authentic and you get to enjoy your work for a long long time!