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Custom Kitchen Cabinet Upgrade—Is It Time for One?

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If your kitchen cabinets look worse for wear, it might be time to consider an upgrade. Kitchen cabinets are one of the important features in any kitchen and can make or break the aesthetic and functionality of the space. 

Luckily, there are plenty of options to select from when it comes to custom cabinets. However, before you start shopping, it’s important to assess the condition of your existing cabinets to see if they need a refresh.

Here are some signs you need to upgrade your kitchen cabinets:

No Room For Food Prep

Despite the large storage capacity in your kitchen cabinets, a poor or outmoded design may have significantly constrained the area available for food preparation.

The majority of older kitchens have this issue. There is a lot of space, but there isn’t much real counter space for crucial food preparation. This may result from an awkwardly placed stove or a large, unused double sink. Or possibly the limited counter space is being occupied by your microwave and other appliances. 

In either case, it is evident that your kitchen requires improvement and cannot satisfy your needs. You can achieve this by adding custom kitchen cabinetry with extendable countertops, designing an open cabinet with a microwave access point, or installing a smaller sink. 

You can then double or even treble your space for food preparation by applying a new method for how your kitchen operates and modifying your kitchen cabinets to reflect this.

Changes in Lifestyle

When you were young, accessible, and single, your kitchen would have been ideal for entertaining and preparing basic meals. You begin to realize, however, how much simpler it will be for you to keep your kids safe if you update your kitchen cabinets as you watch your two small children run around.

To prevent your kids from getting burned or even climbing inside the oven, you may, for instance, place it at eye level. Afterward, new cabinets for pots and other non-dangerous kitchen goods can be installed in place of the oven. To keep your trash off the ground and out of your children’s reach, you could also want to include features like a sizable drawer for your garbage can.

Of course, if your kids have moved out, a lifestyle change may mean that your large family-style kitchen is no longer required. You can choose to replace your massive refrigerator with a more modest model or reduce the quantity of storage space if you want to make room for a small table in your kitchen.

Unpleasant Smell 

Unsure what to do with your old kitchen cabinets? Unfortunately, musty cabinets cannot be salvaged.

Occasionally, your kitchen cabinets may emit unpleasant scents due to years of cooking odors seeping into the wood. Instead of squandering time and money trying to fix this issue, replace every kitchen cabinet. If your cabinets still smell so terrible after some time, they should be replaced.

Mold Growth 

Mold growth is another cause of the musty odor coming from cabinets. If mold has affected the walls or floor of your kitchen, it only takes a little while to spread within the cabinets.

If your kitchen’s plumbing or appliances haven’t been replaced, mold may grow. Removing your current cabinets and starting over is imperative since mold could spread readily underneath them. For further information, go to the commercial plumbing page.

Depending on where the mold came from, you might want to reorganize the cupboards in your kitchen. If one of the external walls has a severe mold issue, installing new custom outdoor cabinets in the exact location might be impossible without wall treatments or particular paneling.

Broken or Damaged Cabinets

Your cabinets may sustain internal rot and damage due to significant water damage or an insect infestation. You have two choices in these situations: either you must start over with new cabinets because the integrity of the wood has been damaged, or you can contact pest control.

Your kitchen cabinets won’t fall apart if the damaged wood is replaced with fresh wood. A smart option is to look for the source of the issue. Fixing the problem will ensure that your new cabinets won’t meet the same destiny, whether a severe leak or a termite infestation.


Upgrading your kitchen cabinets can be a great way to give your kitchen a facelift and increase the overall value of your home. You can give your kitchen a whole new look by replacing existing cabinets, adding new hardware and paint, or even installing new cabinets. Whether you want a complete kitchen overhaul or want to make a few simple changes, upgrading your kitchen cabinets is a fantastic way to get the job done.

Mark’s Cabinetry Services Inc., specializing in residential custom cabinets, custom closet systems, and outdoor kitchen systems, serves the Tampa, Florida region. We also provide residential custom kitchen cabinetry services in Sarasota and Fort Myers. Transform your home with us today!