Do it yourself reface cabinets?

DIY Reface Cabinet Painting Ideas:

Reface Kitchen Cabinets with Laminate or Wood:

The DIY Reface Cabinet Painting Ideas are not only possible but also easy and cheap. You just need some tools, paint, a drill press and time. If you have never done any kind of DIY cabinet painting before then I would recommend to start off with laminate cabinets first because they are cheaper than wood and easier to work with.

Laminate Reface Kitchen Cabinets:

You can use any type of material such as vinyl, particle board, MDF etc. However, if you want to get really fancy then you could try using veneers (a thin layer of veneer) instead of actual wood. Veneers are made from one piece of material and are very strong and durable. They look pretty cool too!

Laminate Cabinetry Refinishing:

You may want to consider replacing your old cabinets with new ones made from laminated wood or even better, laminate cabinets made from particle board. These types of cabinets are very durable and will last longer than their conventional counterparts. They are also much lighter which makes them ideal for smaller spaces. There are many different kinds of laminate materials out there such as MDF, Baltic Birch plywood, etc. Any of these should work just fine.

The next step is to decide on a style for your new cabinets. I would suggest that you pick something with clean lines and a modern look. These types of cabinets are fairly cheap which means you can splurge on a nicer looking countertop or backsplash. When it comes to countertops, I would stick with materials such as granite, marble or quartz because these are much easier to clean and require no maintenance what so ever. and they can be found at most home improvement stores.

Cabinetry Refacing with Real Wood:

Your other option is to use real wood. I have always been a fan of real wood because it feels more natural and looks better (in my opinion). Plus, you can get really nice exotic hardwoods for an affordable price if you look around online. I prefer using hardwoods such as oak, cherry or maple but you could even use softer woods such as pine. As for the backsplash, you are just limited only to your imagination.

You could go for anything such as tile (goes in the kitchen after all), glass, stainless steel or even concrete! As far as cabinets go, you are pretty much limited to laminate materials only. If this sounds like too much work then you could always just hire a professional to do the job for you. The only downside to using real wood is that it is a bit more expensive and requires a bit more maintenance. For example, you will want to re-oil the wood from time to time to make it look nice and prevent it from cracking. This is not a difficult process but it does take some effort on your part. You can leave your cabinets natural, stain them or even paint them if you are feeling adventurous!


One of the most important things in your kitchen is going to be your cabinets because they are what hold all of your dishes, cooking utensils, food, etc. There are many different types of cabinets out there and you are going to have to choose the ones that fit your particular style and needs. For the most part, you are going to have a choice between custom cabinets and stock cabinets. Custom cabinets are what you make them out to be. You bring in a rough sketch, description and even some photographs and the carpenter will construct the cabinets specifically to your needs.

Obviously this is more expensive but it is also much more personalized and you get just what you want, no more and no less. Stock cabinets on the other hand are already made and ready to assemble. These can be either a cheap and quick solution or a more custom and expensive solution. The key is finding the right stock cabinets that fit your style without breaking your budget.

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Stock Cabinets:

There are various types of stock cabinets that you can choose from. The first thing that you are going to want to determine is how many cabinets you are going to need, where they are going to go and how big you want them to be. Each type of cabinet fills a different need and has different sizes so it is up to you to decide which is best for you.

Stock Cabinets:

If you are low on space or just need some extra storage without taking up too much room, you could use a set of under the counter cabinets. These cabinets are usually just tall enough to fit a row of glasses, plates and other kitchen accessories. These are very popular in restaurants and other business that have limited space but lots of needs when it comes to storing things. The average price for these is usually between $200 and $400.

These are the most common cabinets that you are going to find in most kitchens. These cabinets usually come in sets of two or three with a counter top on the top and can range in size from two feet by two feet all the way up to six feet by six feet or more. With this many options, you can easily find one that fits your specific needs. The average price for these cabinets is anywhere between $400 and $1400.

If you are a person who loves to entertain or just have a large family, you might find that the kitchen space just isn’t big enough for all of your dishes, cookware and food. In this case, you are going to need something bigger. These cabinets are tall and usually take up an entire wall. They come in a few different sizes as well with the most common being three feet by five feet, four feet by eight feet and anything bigger. If you actually have the kitchen space for it, these cabinets can really make your life easier and are worth considering.

The average price for these cabinets is between $700 and $3000.

Stock Counter Tops:

Just like with the counter tops you have to choose from different materials depending on what look you are going to go for. The cheapest and most common counter top material is concrete. This comes in a variety of colors and styles so you can always find one that fits your kitchen the best. The average price is about $200, but this does not include labor so be prepared to pay more if you hire someone to make the mold and install it for you.

Stock Sinks:

The next thing you are going to need to choose is a sink. If you are going to have a fully stocked bar, you are going to want a sink that can handle all of the suds and dirt that comes with it. The two most common types of sinks you are going to run into are stainless steel and porcelain.

Stainless steel sinks are very easy to clean and usually come with a variety of options such as a single bowl, double bowl or even a prep sink. These types of sinks do not corrode and are very durable. However, if you do not take care of them, they can stain and discolor from harsh chemicals so you will need to make sure you remove all residue immediately. The average price of a stainless steel sink is between $400 and $800.

Porcelain on the other hand is not as durable or easy to clean as stainless steel. However, you can purchase a porcelain sink that comes with an stainless steel liner which makes it easier to clean and more durable. The average price of this type of sink is between $700 and $900.

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Now that you have your sink picked out, you are going to need to purchase a faucet for it. Faucets come in all different shapes, sizes and styles so picking out just the right one can be a little overwhelming.

First, you will need to choose if you want a pull out or a push button faucet. A pull out faucet is a faucet that you pull down on in order to activate the water flow. These types of faucets usually have an attachment called a hose which can be convenient if you need to clean something such as your dishes or even your animals. A push button faucet is just that. You simply push the button and water flows out of the spout.

The average price for either type of faucet is between $50 and $200.

After choosing your faucet you will need to choose what material you want it to be. There are literally hundreds of different materials that a faucet can be made out of. You have brass, copper, stainless steel, chrome and many more. Some are costly while others cost next to nothing. Most faucets will come with instructions on how to install them so you shouldn’t have any problems there.

The average price for a faucet is between $50 and $200.

As for the sink and faucet combo, you can expect to pay anywhere between $200 and $600.

So all that’s left to choose is your lighting. You have incandescent, florescent, neon, halogen and led lights to choose from. Each has their ups and downs which I will detail for you now.

Incandescent lights are the traditional light bulbs that we all know and love. They produce a warm glow that most people find comforting. However, they are also the most costly to operate and do not last very long at all. If you were to buy enough of these bulbs to light your bar, you would be spending a fortune each month just to keep the lights on. Incandescent lights range in price from $1 to $5 dollars a piece.

If you’re looking for a longer lasting, yet just as warm lighting solution then you might want to look into florescent lighting. These bulbs last anywhere from ten to fifty times longer than an incandescent bulb while producing an equally pleasing light. The cost to run florescent lights is also significantly less than that of incandescents. The cost for a single bulb is around $1 to $5 dollars as well.

The next type of lighting is Halogen. These are considerably more durable than incandescents while producing the same quality and quantity of light. Halogens also consume less energy than most light bulbs. You will pay anywhere from $2 to $10 for a single bulb.

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The next type of light is known as neon lights. These are not only the least expensive to run, but they are also the most durable and longest lasting. The only real problem with neon lights is that they give off a particular color spectrum that some people may find undesirable. The cost of a single bulb is anywhere from $2 to $5 dollars.

If you’re looking for something a little more high-tech, then you might want to invest in some LED lights. These are similar to neon lights in that they have a long life span and use very little energy while producing a distinct color. You can find LED lights in just about every color of the rainbow. The only real downside is that they tend to be a little more expensive than most other types of lights, costing anywhere from $5 to $15 per bulb.

So now that I’ve gone over all of your lighting options, you need to pick out how many lights you want in your bar. The more lights you have, the more your bar is going to cost.

Let’s just say you decide to go with florescent lights. You find a good deal on a 4-pack of 60 watt bulbs for only $40 so that’s what you buy. With your lights selected, it’s time to move on.

You head to the nearest home improvement center and wander the isles looking for a suitable sink. The plumbing section is rather large and has many different options. There are several styles of sinks to choose from including porcelain, stainless steel, copper and even some really cheap plastic ones that are meant to be disposable. You also have many different price ranges to pick from. You can get a simple porcelain bowl for around $50 or you can splurge for a copper one that costs around $200.

After looking around a bit more, you also find that you have many different choices when it comes to faucets. You have anything from modern touch-sensitive models to old-fashioned knobs. You even have the choice between plastic or metal for the handles. The price ranges vary just as much as the designs do.

That’s a lot of options to choose from.

It takes you several hours to finally decide on a simple porcelain basin with a metal faucet and a knobs for handles. You also go with the cheapest light fixture that they have, which is still $10. Altogether, the sink and light set you back about $80 dollars.

That’s the easy part over with, now you have to move on to choosing the bar itself.

Bar Dimensions

The first thing you need to decide on is the length of the bar. There are three different sizes you can have your bar. The length of the bar can range anywhere from 10-15 feet. Each size also has implications for other things such as price and is limited by your storage space.

The next thing you need to decide on is the type of bar you want. You can have a traditional wood bar or one made out of another material.

Wood: Wood is known to be a classic surface that attracts alcohol and beer. It comes in many different colors as well making it easy to color coordinate with your interior design or simply match your personality. It is however the most expensive choice and requires the most maintenance.

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Stone: Stone is very durable and comes in many different colors. It is more affordable than wood but it isn’t the most attractive looking surface. It can be stained or painted any color you want, but it’s more of a job to upkeep.

Metal: Metal bars aren’t as popular as wood or stone but they are very strong and never rot or crack. They don’t hold stains either so cleaning them isn’t too much of a problem. However, you can’t just paint metal any color you want and they are usually very expensive to have custom made.


10 feet: $300 15 feet: $400 20 feet: $500

Surface Type:

Wooden $200 Stone $100 Metal $400

You head on down to the local home depot and find that they have wood counters on sale. Since you’re paying in cash, they give you an additional 10% off. You buy the largest wood counter they have in stock, which is 10 feet long. You also buy a metal bar stool that sits 3 feet off the ground.

The cashier informs you that your items will be ready next week and you head on home. The next few days are uneventful as you catch up on works and sleep off your hangover.

On the final day, you get a knock on the door. When you answer it, you find a delivery man who hands you your counter and stool which have been freshly varnished and clear coated. He says that since you paid in cash, you also got 10% off of delivery costs too

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You tip him $20 dollars and he drives off in his truck.

The next day, you invite all of your friends over to help you put everything together. The installation goes pretty smoothly and everyone is impressed by your new set up.

The next weekend, you have a party to celebrate opening up your new bar. Your friends pitch in for the beer and you make a killing in tips. The night is a great success.

Over the next few months, more and more of your time is spent at your bar and you slowly start to forget about your job at the factory.

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