If you're planning on remodeling or updating your kitchen in the future, you might not know whether you should repaint your kitchen cabinets or update them entirely. After all, your cabinets have probably held up well over the years, and they might still be in good shape. However, here are a few signs that it is time to upgrade your existing kitchen cabinets.
The Cabinet Doors or Box Are Damaged
From smoke damage from a minor kitchen fire to flooding, normal wear and tear, and even termites, there are several ways you can kitchen cabinet doors and boxes can suffer from damage. Minor damage to newer, expensive cabinets is often worth fixing. However, if your cabinets are older or the damage is severe, consider upgrading your outdated cabinets to newer, more modern cabinets.
Learn to recognize the signs of damage that are not always obvious. For example, wood cabinets that have dark, uneven patches may have suffered water damage. Water damage can also make it difficult to open and close the cabinet doors.
You Are Changing the Kitchen Layout
If you are remodeling your kitchen and completely changing the layout, then a new layout will often not work with existing kitchen cabinets. You might be adding more cabinetry, or even installing a kitchen island. Additionally, keeping your existing cabinets will also limit how much you can change your current layout.
Instead of working around your kitchen's existing cabinet layout, consider upgrading your cabinets to allow you to design the kitchen of your dreams.
You Have Soft Cabinet Walls
Over time and after several years of use, your wooden cabinet walls will begin to break down and eventually begin to crack and completely fall apart. The easiest way to determine if your cabinet walls are beginning to break down is to push against the walls of the cabinet with your hands. If you are cabinet walls are pliable and not rigid and solid, it may be time to have the entire cabinet replaced.
You Are Selling Your Home
Finally, if you are considering selling your home in a competitive market, updating your kitchen cabinets is a great investment that will catch the eye of potential buyers. For many buyers, an updated kitchen is a major draw because of the money and time it takes to remodel an entire kitchen.
From soft cabinet walls to making your home more attractive to potential buyers, there are several reasons why you should consider upgrading your existing kitchen cabinets.