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Kitchens, Part 5

this indestructible marvel which is the interior of your door.

In case you missed it, he just told you that the door was made of ground up wood scraps which are used as a filler to keep the cost / amount of plastic resin used to make the core as small as possible. He did not say that the core was made of Cherry or Oak.

The salesman will show you a really bad particle board door. That thing will have slivers of wood half an inch long and all of them squashed together. He is doing this to show you what you might be getting at the low end of the scale from a “Big Box Store.” He may also walk over and tap on your kitchen cabinet doors. He will do this to discover if it is hollow or to show you that your door looks like it is an inch thick but is really just an eighth of an inch thick with a thick frame around the edge.

Another part of his demonstration might include rubbing ketchup on his sample door and showing you how easily it wipes off. If you want to calmly destroy him, take a jar of Dijon mustard and rub that on the door and let it stay for a minute or so. A white plastic covered door will be permanently stained.

The salesman does not push you into one door style or another. There is so much profit in this that it really does not matter. Further, the more you compare and contrast and reject and select, the more you are selling yourself on having the cabinets refaced. The more time you take selecting the more you have sold yourself.

He will usually help you hold the doors you have selected up against your existing cabinets so that you can see how they look. What he is really doing is letting you see how ugly your kitchen really is and how nice it will look with new doors.

The different styles and colors of these cabinet doors cost about the same to make. Some are styles more popular and so those may cost more.

Usually the salesman will be straight enough to tell the homeowner not to put handles or knobs on the new doors. Where the present homeowner wants them and the style they want won’t be what the next owners want and might actually hurt the value of the kitchen and thus value of the home.

The hinges used are often stainless steel, of a hidden design, and sometimes are of good quality. They may say that these hinges are “European.” What they mean is that they are of “European design” and actually they can be made in Red China. Hinges made in Austria cost about $5 each and those made in Red China cost about fifty cents each.

The refacing job also requires covering the exterior parts of the cabinets — hidden or

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