Refinishing Your Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops: Good for Your Home and the Environment
There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when you realize your kitchen cabinets and countertops need an upgrade. Perhaps it dawns on you suddenly after seeing a newly remodeled kitchen on TV, or maybe it’s been on your to do list for a while and you’re tired of putting it off.
In any case, revamping your kitchen cabinets and countertops can seem like daunting task. Rather than replacing your cabinets and countertops with new ones, consider refinishing them instead. Refinishing has benefits that go beyond your wallet. Refinishing cabinets and countertops is not only good for your home, it’s good for the planet.
Why is refinishing good for your home?
Refinishing kitchen cabinets and countertops is a great way to save money while increasing the value of your home. New cabinets can be pricey, averaging $8K to $12K for the job. However, refinishing them instead can run about $2,500 to $4,000, a savings of several thousand dollars.
If your cabinets are made of solid wood, refinishing is an even better option. Wood furniture is not made the way it used to – older, solid wood cabinets will often last longer than cheap, new cabinets made of materials like particle board or plywood.
Refinishing can also save a lot of time. A major kitchen renovation can take weeks to months to complete. Kitchen refinishing takes no more than 3 days, because there’s no demolition, no need to install new countertops and appliances, and no wait time for cabinet delivery.
Why refinishing is good for the environment?
When you choose to refinish your cabinets and countertops, you are reducing the number of trees that are cut down to make new ones. Refinishing also reduces the amount of energy and resources used to manufacture and transport these products, a process that has a significant carbon footprint.
By repurposing your cabinets, you are making a conscious effort to not contribute to waste. This helps prevent more build up in landfills. Refinishing provides homeowners with the opportunity to reuse perfectly good cabinetry and prolong its lifespan.
You can also choose refinishing products that are eco-friendly, like NAPCO’s Essentials Kitchen Renew Line. NAPCO is committed to developing waterborne products that provide environmental benefits like low VOCs and better air quality without compromising finish and durability. NAPCO Essentials Kitchen Renew Line includes 3 waterborne refinishing coating products for kitchen cabinets and countertops that are simple to use and give great results.
The benefits of refinishing go beyond cost savings. Refinishing has great environmental impact by helping you reduce while you reuse. By refinishing, you are not only adding value to your own home, but helping preserve the Earth, which is everyone’s home.