All About Kitchen Cabinets

More than just storage for pots and plates, cabinetry defines the look of your cook space.

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BY: MARK FEIRER; THIS OLD HOUSE MAGAZINE

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All kitchen cabinets need replacing, eventually. Whether they’re falling apart after years of  hard use or standing in the way of that work-triangle overhaul you’ve been planning, a  coat of paint or new wood veneers simply won’t save them.

With so many door styles, finishes, and bells and whistles, such as built-in spice racks and  pull-out pantries, to choose from, investing in new cabinets can be exciting. But with a lot  of money at stake—cabinets account for about half the cost of a typical kitchen              renovation—it can also be nerve-wracking. To get the most bang for the buck, it’s  important to focus not just on good looks but also on the quality of materials, the type of  hinges and other hardware, and the joinery that holds the cabinets together. Those  factors determine whether your cabinets will hold your affections for the long haul or  soon force you to start shopping again.

New, custom-built cherry cabinets echo the expertly fitted and handmade look of  millwork in the rest of this 1904 Craftsman-style home. Flat-panel door with beaded  detailing in varnished cherry;

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