So, you’re ready to take the plunge and do something about your old cabinetry. There comes a time when you can’t live with those beat-up doors any longer. Assuming your cabinets are in good shape, replacing the cabinet doors is a straightforward and cost-effective solution. This is a relatively painless remodeling solution, but there are a few words of wisdom to consider before undertaking the job.

Do hire a pro. If you’re going to buy custom doors, it doesn’t make sense to ruin them by making costly mistakes. Unless you’re very handy, it’s best to let a professional drill for hinges and complete the installation. If you’re not sure who to hire, Angie’s List offers certified data and authentic reviews of remodelers, handymen, and other service providers in your area. You can check the list to decide which installers to call for estimates and which installers to avoid. There is a yearly fee for Angie’s List that is similar to the cost of a magazine subscription, but you do receive bona fide evaluations and recommendations.

Do order cabinet door samples.Give yourself a few options to choose from and hold them up in the kitchen on bright days and cloudy days. Seek opinions from others and talk about it aloud. It’s easier to process what you’ll be happiest with by discussing your thoughts with other homeowners who’ve been through the remodeling or refacing process.

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Don’t purchase laminates. You want quality cabinetry doors that are long-lasting, so it’s important to understand what you’re actually buying. Doors with real wood surfaces will stand the test of time. Look for cabinet doors that are made with intention by true craftsmen. If you cut corners with quality, you’ll find yourself tearing them down again in a short amount of time.

Don’t be safe – go for true style. When you design outside the box, you’ll be rewarded with a kitchen that has that “wow” effect. You don’t want an ordinary space. With custom cabinet doors, you can have an interesting space that isn’t like anyone else’s in the neighborhood.