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5 Ways to Get Green Kitchen Cabinets

Published: November 6, 2010
What makes for green kitchen cabinets? Your cheapest and greenest option is to revamp the ones you already have. Otherwise, think sustainable and fume-free.

Green Kitchen
Getting on the green bandwagon doesn´t have to be complex. And some options for green kitchen cabinets even make economical sense, considering that some experts peg cabinets at—yeesh!—up to 60% of the cost of a kitchen remodel.

1. Refinish or reface the cabinets you already have.

This is the greenest kitchen cabinet option by far because it minimizes new materials needed—which also means fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can off-gas and cause you health problems. And a refurb is a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. New cabinets could run $4,000-$20,000+; refacing might be half that.

If your cabinets are structurally sound but you just want a new look, add a coat of low-VOC paint or a new set of doors and hardware—it´s easy, inexpensive, and earth-friendly.

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