Q: Is it possible to re-surface my kitchen cabinets and, if so, how? Steven, Alpharetta, Georgia

A: Steve Thomas replies: Your local phone book probably lists a number of firms that specialize in resurfacing cabinets to give them a more modern look, but what they can accomplish depends on the cabinets' material and age. Before calling these companies, however, I would suggest looking at your kitchen more closely. How are the counters, the floor, the plumbing? Spending money on a minor facelift will only cost you more down the road if what your kitchen really needs is an overhaul. Would a simple coat of paint give your cabinets a new look for a lower price? Choose carefully.
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