You may have read the heading and thought I meant to say recycling in my kitchen. No, I really meant recycle my kitchen. In the remodel world we need to make a decision when is the right time to go out with the old and in with the new. How do you discern the right time?
Recently I spoke with a couple in our showroom who had come in to talk to me about replacing their kitchen cabinetry. In our conversation I learned that their remodel thoughts began after a cabinet fell off of the wall damaging the countertop, the island cabinetry and the flooring as well as the contents in the cabinet. The cabinetry was a builder grade quality and they were concerned about more cabinets spontaneously deconstructing.
In June of this year, I had a call from someone with whom I had done a small project in the past and now they wanted to remodel their kitchen. Their reason? An intoxicated driver fell asleep behind the wheel and ran off the road and through two fences before hitting the corner of their frame house. And yes, it was the corner at the kitchen.
OK, these may seem like obvious motivators to do at least something. What if the impetus is not so compelling? Such as… Everything is just worn out. I hate the colors. It’s just time for a change. My kitchen has the worst layout you’ve ever seen. I need more storage. It is so dated. Our cabinetry is still in good shape but we would like to take down a wall and open up the space to better accommodate our lifestyle. It just doesn’t work…
Most people need some kind of qualifier to release them to feel like they are doing the right thing. There is a heightened awareness in our western world that we have been voluptuous consumers, devouring resources at an unconscionable speed, dumping and spewing our excesses and contaminants into landfills and the atmosphere. What do we do with that awareness because I really believe at some level we all have a concern for the relationship we have with our earth and her resources?
I’d like to suggest several considerations to guide the qualifying process.
- Sell- There is a significant market in our DIY environment that offers great opportunities to recycle cabinetry. With Craigslist, FB marketplace, local papers and advertising, you’re chances are good at finding a buyer. Make sure you take photos before the demo begins so your potential buyers can see the full layout and not only a random stack of cabinets and pieces in your garage.
- Donate-There are local and national organizations that will take your donations and sell them to benefit worthy causes. In my area we have an outlet called ReStore under the Habitat for Humanity organization that handles all sorts of products from cabinetry, plumbing and lighting fixtures, doors and windows and so on. These can be claimed as federal tax deductions as well.
- Reinstall your cabinetry in other areas in your home. A garage or basement are great areas to reuse cabinetry.
- Reuse some or all of your cabinetry and create your new and fresh look with new countertops and backsplashes, flooring, appliances, cabinetry hardware, new lighting and so on.
These are a few options among many other creative options for recycling your kitchen. In the end, each of us will need to decide if we are giving more than we’re taking but it is good for you to know that as you weigh the decision for yourself, your remodel can be a recycle.