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My husband and I purchased our first home last year for 138K and we have done some small changes and spent about 2K on bathroom remodel (new vanity, new vinyl floor and granite countertop/faucet). The kitchen cabinets are builder grade oak -with thin plywood doors. Wondering if it would be better to 1.) Replace cabinet doors with oak shaker style real wood- total cost approx $1200 OR 2.) Reface cabinets with Maple or Painted Maple with glaze- total cost approx $3900...I can live with oak, but absolutely love cream coloured Painted Maple with chocolate glaze- But I don't want to invest $3900 into a home for nothing when it could go towards my next home or a new roof when the time comes...(We plan to live here for 7-9 years). Home is approx 1000 square feet and while we live in a nice neighborhood I am not sure what resale value may be 7-9 yrs from now. Should we do a small upgrade or complete reface?...Do you think the creamy beige maple cabinets with glaze are only a 'trend'?I know $3900 is only pennies to some people, but we have college loans and would like to use our money wisely so it is not chump change to us...Thanks!!
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I have remodeled many a kitchen. I am an agent, as well as a home rehabber. I am also very cost conscious. I wonder why housing prices keep dropping, while the costs of building supplies keeps going up? Doesn't make sense. But anyway...back to your question. I know the cabinets you are speaking of...the painted maple with chocolate glazing. They are very pretty, but I think they are a very personal selection. You many love them...but the next woman that considers buying your house may not. You may want to select something more "neutral"...like white, or cherry. Cherry seems to be a trend now. White never goes out of style. If you choose to put in a darker cabinet...be sure your kitchen gets alot of light...either natural or man-made. And also put in light colored floors. 7-9 years is a long time to be in a house and "wait" to improve it. If you can do it now...I'd go ahead...because that's 7-9 years of enjoyment for you! But put money aside for that roof! (And when you do the roof...do architectual shingles! They are so pretty!)Good luck to you!
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