A kitchen update where we kept the existing cabinet boxes and simply replaced the doors, drawers, hinges, and drawer guides. The original cabinets were roughly 60 years old, with the standard painted 3/8″ overlay look, big face frames, and drawers that had seen better days. But the old built-in-place carcases were still in decent shape. Likewise, the client liked the layout of her existing kitchen and didn’t want to spend a lot of money. So we replaced the doors and drawer fronts with my standard design in FSC cherry and used Salice compact hinges, in a variety of overlay widths, to hide as much of the face frames as possible. We also replaced the old drawer boxes and, as a splurge, added Grass DynaPro soft-close guides–a nice touch.
Overall, not quite as nice as a complete kitchen remodel, but, with new counters and a fresh coat of paint, a nicely updated look at a fraction of the cost and almost none of the inconvenience.