As one of the most visible components of your home, redesigning cabinets can be a great starting point when starting a redesign project. The first decision to make when remodeling is to decide whether to simply reface the outside or completely replace the entire piece. Refacing will undoubtedly be a less expensive strategy, though it is usually a temporary fix to a larger issue if the room in which you want to remodel is out-of-date or in poor condition. Adding a new surface, for example, will extend their lifetime significantly. A new coat of paint can also protect the wood from mold and rot that can come from moisture and age. Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) has become a popular surface option as it can mimic the look of wood while providing a strong protective synthetic coat over the entire cabinet. If these changes in aesthetics are not enough, then a complete replacement may be the more appropriate choice. This is probably a good idea if you are deciding to change the entire theme of a kitchen or bathroom where the new design will require an entirely new look. It may be in your best interest to hire a carpenter to consult with when starting this type of project. An experienced woodworker can help you decide what can work given the dimensions of the particular room. They may also provide some useful tips regarding specific types of wood that will match the new theme. Again, depending on your budget, you may have measurable limitations on what you can or cannot use as some types of wood can be extremely expensive and/or rare. You may even decide after the consultation that wood is not the best material to use for your cabinets and elect to use stainless steel which is far more durable.