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How to Incorporate Open Shelving in Your Cabinet Refacing Design

Are you interested in an open shelves cabinet design? Not only are open cabinet shelves visually appealing, but they're also highly practical. For example, having a kitchen with open shelves and cabinets makes it easier to access and showcase your ingredients. And, best of all, you don't need to complete any major renovations.

You can accomplish an open shelving look in no time through simple refacing. Here are some ways to incorporate open shelving in your cabinet refacing design:

Keep reading to learn more about open shelving and how the experts at Cabinet Coatings of America can help.

Looking to improve your cabinets with some open shelving?

Contact us online below or call (480) 641-9611. Our team of experts can visit your home and provide a same-day, no-obligation quote to update your cabinets.

Reface Only Your Lower Cabinets and Add Open Shelving

Before we delve into the subject of open shelving, it's important to understand how cabinet refacing works in the first place. Put simply, refacing involves updating the external appearance of your cabinets without changing the structure. Elements such as the doors, side panels, and drawers may be changed, but the cabinet boxes remain the same.

The extent of the refacing project depends on your current cabinets. For example, if you have cabinets with doors, you'll need to remove the doors before installing the shelves and finishing the cabinets. On the other hand, if your cabinets already lack doors, you can skip straight to the shelf installation step.

A popular choice for many homeowners is refacing their lower cabinets. This provides easily accessible storage, especially for areas such as the kitchen or laundry room. The open shelving can then be paired with upper cabinets with doors, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds. You can carefully organize everyday items on the bottom, then store less-used or messier items in the concealed cabinets.

Paint Your Open Shelves the Same Color as Lower Cabinetry

Once you've decided to reface your cabinetry, the next step is making sure your shelves match the cabinets. Generally, it looks best if your shelves are the same color as the cabinetry. This may require painting the shelves. Even if you already have matching shelving, a new coat of paint can bring a refreshed, updated look.

At our company, we have years of experience in refacing and repainting cabinets. We'll complete a seamless paint job after helping you find the right shading and coloring. We can also apply wallpaper if desired. No matter what the project is, our quality craftsmanship will help ensure even old shelves look brand new.

Ensure Shelving Hardware Pairs Well with Lower Cabinetry Hardware

When adding shelves to your cabinetry, you'll want to ensure your shelving hardware pairs well with the cabinetry hardware. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Materials: Your shelving materials should match your cabinetry materials. For example, if you have a brass cabinet, go for shelving with brass supports. Ideally, the shelving finish should also match the cabinet finish.
  • Design: Try to balance your shelving with the cabinet's design. As mentioned above, this includes matching colors. It may also involve playing around with styles -- for example, if the cabinets are highly detailed in design, you may want to pair them with simpler shelves (and vice versa).
  • Functionality: In addition to matching the style of the existing cabinetry, you want to ensure your shelving fulfills its functional purposes. For example, you'll want plenty of space and easy access if it's for a kitchen. You'll also need to consider factors such as weight capacity and size.

Ultimately, your shelves and cabinetry should align for aesthetic and functional purposes.

Consider Removing Your Cabinet Doors for an Open Look

One of the great things about open shelving is that almost any cabinet can be converted into a cabinet with open shelves. If your cabinets have doors, you must remove them to achieve an open look.

So, how does this work? First, our experts will carefully detach the doors. If this causes any screw holes in the hinges, we'll patch them up and apply a finish that matches the cabinet boxes. Finally, we'll finish the insides of the cabinets to complete the overall look. This may involve matching the cabinet boxes, painting a contrasting color, or using wallpaper. Whatever you're looking for, our experts will get it done.

Update Your Cabinets Today!

Since 1996, our family-owned and operated company has supported homeowners with all their cabinet needs. Not only can we incorporate open shelving in your cabinet refacing design, but we can also deliver same-day, no-obligation quotes. Contact us online below or call (480) 641-9611 today.

Chuck Derouen

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