If you’re shopping for , you’re not alone. Right now, there are a lot of owners who are opting to spruce up their kitchen and home rather than move to a new place. Because the real estate market has everyone gun-shy, homeowners are staying in their homes longer than they planned to. If you’re stuck in your place, you may as well make lemonade out of lemons and revamp your home interior environment. You may gain a newfound appreciation for your house and be less bored with it.

Refacing kitchen cabinet doors is a no-brainer, because without them, your kitchen can look a bit mournful. You know right away if kitchen cabinets are worn or from 1970 or 1980: they cry, “Help me.” But new cabinet doors from 2010 shout, “Look at my perfect finish! Look at my grain and sheen!”

Dark oak cabinet doors

These days, your kitchen is only limited by your imagination. There are so many choices available, your decision-making is that much more difficult. Your choice may be simpler if you keep in mind the overall style of your house. If you have an Arts and Crafts home, it is in your best interest to buy replacement kitchen cabinet doors with an Arts and Crafts flair. It is considered anathema in some circles to put, say, contemporary kitchen cabinetry in a Victorian home. This rule is permanent, so if you break it, be prepared for reckoning with future buyers who understand the laws of design consistency.

Just because you need to stay true to the architecture of your home doesn’t mean you don’t have choices. You do have wiggle room. For example, if you decide to go with traditional cabinet doors to be consistent with your traditionally-styled home, you can modernize the other pieces in the room, like your TV, faucet, and appliances. You may even be able to successfully blend two different styles together, such as contemporary and modern. As long as you stick to the general style, you can twist some of the features to suit your needs and wants.

Assuming that your cupboard boxes are in good condition, but your doors are worn, you may be able to just swap the doors for new ones. Replacement doors don’t have to be an exact match to your boxes. There is always some grain variation, even in “matching” sets. As long as the shade is about the same, no one will be the wiser. When you really need to save money, new cabinetry doors may be enough to satisfy your needs.