Kitchen Cabinet Refacing: A New Look For Less

Most people cringe when considering a remodel of their kitchen cabinets. However, refacing is actually a green alternative to a full remodel, and the preferred method of updating an existing and functional kitchen. Cabinet refacing is an easy way to customize without the drama and expense of a full removal of the old kitchen framing and cabinetry. It’s also the most affordable process, costing half as much as new custom work by taking the old, dingy, and beat up cabinets and giving them a fresh, new appearance.

space saving kitchen

Kitchen Renovation For Less

Our favourite residential builders Vati Projects have been kind enough to give our readers three great cost saving ideas on how to refresh your tired kitchen without breaking the bank. After working in residential development and renovations for as long as they have, you can guarantee they’ve seen their fair share of kitchens and know exactly what works and what doesn’t, so get out your notepad and ready your tape measure, we’re about to get busy!

3 Kitchen Ideas to Get Things Started:

  • Bead Board Cabinets – the homey kitchen is coming back. In some ways it never left as a cosy cottage aesthetic is always in style. Using a new bead board cabinet face is an affordable option which can easily alter the look of your cabinets. Bead board is currently available in a variety of styles and patterns, very easy to repaint, (should the need for change arise again!) and is resistant to mould and mildew.

bead board kitchen

  • Functional Changes – it might be difficult to imagine what you could do with your cabinets other than their current configuration. However, modern cabinets can do so much more than just shelving. Drawers can contain spice racks. The doors slide open to house hidden areas for common kitchen utensils, and even larger pots and pans. Corner cabinets are now available with high-tech, space-saving storage options to make the most of “lost” or hard-to-use space. These are all ready to be overhauled with the money saved during a cabinet refacing.

corner drawers design

  • Updated Hinges and Hardware – No more slamming of drawers or cabinets. Modern hinges close slowly and gently, reducing noise, even when in a hurry. And new cabinet drawer glides can do the same for drawers. Cabinet handles and pulls can also go a long way towards updating an older kitchen.

hidden hinge kitchen


By preserving the existing cabinetry framework, you can re-route the savings into other areas until you realize your ultimate dream kitchen. Kitchen refacing allows for more options to become available that might otherwise be cut or delayed due to budget concerns. The extra cash can be used for an upgrade to the counter top, a custom, free-standing island, or additional storage space accessories and hardware options. You could also stretch the funds to finish the space with some decorative moulding, ceiling fan, custom lighting, or other personal touches like a rug.

You can save some green and be green at the same time with refacing. This eco-friendly, affordable alternative for remodelling your kitchen will keep your cabinet framework out of landfill and use fewer resources. And, a refacing upgrade will take far less time, allowing you back into new your kitchen quickly, and with far less disruption than would be created by a full rebuild. This is only possible when you consider custom kitchen cabinet refacing.

If you do decide to go the whole hog and do a complete kitchen renovation, be sure to check out this handy guide for kitchen renovations on Houzz.

Five Tips On Matching Your Home Décor With an Area Rug

Matching your home décor with area rugs may appear difficult, especially if it’s your first time playing interior designer. Homeowners often have to turn over the problem to a professional just to make sure everything will come out as expected. This can entail more expenses than initially planned; and suddenly ‘just a rug’ becomes a whole event. Before you find yourself reaching for your cheque book to commission your city’s latest and greatest interior decorator, have a read of our tips and give the designing a crack yourself.

modern bright rug matches furniture

See how the pillows match the rug? Neat!

Getting your home décor to match an area rug should ideally begin with the rug itself. These rug types normally contain a wide range of colors which can serve as a point of reference. In addition, the rug patterns of many area rugs are often interesting enough that they can combine perfectly with certain types of furniture. Classical fabrics can be continued onto the floor with classically inspired rug patterns for example.

Of course, this option will work only in situations where the home has yet to be formally decorated. In cases where the home design is already completed, the so-called inspiration piece concept is worth employing.

The inspiration piece strategy is used by several designers whenever they are in a fix as to how to match an available area rug to a given room decoration. This so-called piece can refer to any item placed inside the room which can be used as an anchor from which all subsequent designs within that room can be created. We see this quite often in T.V shows like the block or My House Rules where contestants will buy their rug online first and then get similarly coloured accompanying items like throw pillows and drapes to complete the look and style of the room.

Matching modern rug colours

Use the rug as the centrepiece for the room

Another way to effectively match area rugs with a given home design is to make good use of fabric swatches. This can be brought along when shopping around for a suitable area rug since they will serve as reminders of the type of colors already existing inside the home. Or if you don’t have time to go from shop to shop, most big name rug stores like Catwalk Rugs, Rugs-A-Million, Carpet Call, and so on have online rug showrooms you can use via your computer or phone. The Catwalk Rugs online store has some particularly good modern rugs and includes an extensive rug buying guide which covers everything from sizing to rug fibres.

In cases where the area rugs are being sold hanging up, it is best to ask that these be placed lying flat on the floor for a closer look. This will help create a better mental image as to how the rug will appear when placed inside the room. Other than that, light shines differently when rugs are placed in a horizontal position and will consequently affect their inherent appeal.

Being able to match your home décor with area rugs also has a lot to do with size. Rug colour as well as pattern is always a major consideration, but they will hardly matter if the rug is too small or too big for the intended area.

Essentially, an unusually huge rug can easily dwarf all furniture and create an unbalanced environment. On the other hand, rugs that come in generally smaller sizes will fail in getting to tie together all the existing furniture found inside a given room.

Shag rug in blue

Shaggy. The rug not the singer.

Matching your home with the right area rug may ultimately depend on how the rug complements the space where it’s to be put. Still, this is not entirely an iron-fisted rule that has to be followed by every single homeowner. At best, there should always be room for exceptions.

More importantly, no home decoration should be seen as permanent. There will be occasions when changes have to be made, and home renovation is one of them. You should relish the opportunity to redesign your old living space and using a brightly coloured modern rug may be the right choice. Or perhaps, you want a more traditional abode, in which case a Persian or Afghan styled rug might be the right choice. Whatever you decide, don’t be afraid! And remember you can always call in the professionals if you create a design disaster!