Refacing cabinets revitalizes Minneapolis kitchen

Refacing cabinets revitalizes Minneapolis kitchen

Kevin Baur loved almost everything about his 1990s-era home in Lakeville, Minn.

He and his family moved in about a year ago and thought the layout was perfect. The countertops in the kitchen were finished with a nice silestone. And the kitchen's functionality fit their needs well.

The only nagging problem: "We did not like all the oak wood that was utilized for a majority of the cabinets, trim [and] door in the house," Baur says.

Baur and company had been planning on upgrading the wood ever since they first viewed the house. The family spent about 60 to 70 percent of their time in their kitchen, which connects to their main living area, and they decided a refresh was worth their investment.

Baur had heard of cabinet refacing before, a process that would allow him to achieve the dark wood look he pined for, but wanted to make sure they hired a contractor who could do a good job.

So Baur turned to Angie's List. "This undertaking was actually the reason I signed up for Angie's List, and now I utilize it all the time for whatever need or wants we may have for the house," Baur says.

Baur found a great contractor who got to work.

"We have always been a fan of dark wood, and we wanted to keep the same layout," Baur says. "We had a few customized items put in, such as a built-in wine rack and shelf at the end of our island, and a pull-out garbage and recycling bin. However, we wanted to keep [elements of] the classic look, such as the appliance garage."

The only setback during the process? The Baurs couldn't use their treasured kitchen space for about five days, but they managed. The small sacrifice was more than worth it, he says.

"We couldn't have been happier with how things turned out," he says. "We love the new custom features, color and hardware. After the refacing, I installed a backsplash, and we purchased brand-new stainless steel appliances to finish it up. It's nice to spend a ton of time in your house in the area you utilize the most."

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