Kitchen cabinet doors are like canvases waiting for our creativity to explode upon them with texture, pattern, and color.
Kitchen cabinetry can make or break the look of our kitchen. When we start noticing signs of wear and tear all over our kitchen space, it’s time to give this room a facelift. Purchasing new kitchen cabinets can be quite expensive but there are several other ways to give our kitchen a significant boost, without spending a fortune.
Look for inspiration. Sometimes it’s easier to decide what you don’t want than what you want. Before you buy paint or new pulls and knobs, take some time to think carefully what you want to accomplish. Do you want a completely new style or do you want to freshen up a bit your current cabinetry color? Do you want to make a kitchen look small and cozy or bigger and brighter? If you have no ideas at all – do not panic! Here are some budget-friendly ideas to transform you old kitchen cabinets that are an eyesore into cabinets with a new, fresh updated look.
1. Repaint your kitchen cabinets
All you need is a few buckets of paint, time and patience, and you’re good to go. You just need to realize one thing, even though it seems a relatively minor job, painting your cabinetry is really going to transform the look of the whole kitchen. That’s why choosing your cabinet color is so crucial. Make sure it’s compatible with your flooring materials, countertops and appliances. Failure to do so can lead to a domino effect of your kitchen improvements.
Proper preparation is a key to success. No traces of previous finish should remain on the cabinet surface. If there are some scratches, dents or other forms of damage, we have to repair them first before we apply the fresh coat of paint. When it’s done, it’s time for sanding which makes the surface smooth and ready for the first application of our new beautiful color. Prime the cabinets as well to prepare them for the paint. Allow each coat of paint to dry up completely before applying the next one. Remember about applying a sealer after you finish painting. Stick to these rules and enjoy your perfectly repainted kitchen cabinetry!
2. Kitchen jewelry – knobs and pulls
Just like a nice jewelry completes elegant dress, kitchen hardware puts the finishing touch on our kitchen design. The kitchen hardware complements kitchen cabinets, countertops, and flooring by pulling together the colors and style of our kitchen.
What is this kitchen hardware? It’s everything that allows us to open drawers and cabinet doors. We distinguish two main categories of decorative hardware: knobs and pulls. Knobs are attached to the drawer or door with a single screw while pulls can be either drawer pulls or cabinet handles and are usually attached with two or more screws. Knobs are available in a variety of shapes including rectangular, round, square, and more. They can be made of different materials such as stainless steel, brass, glass, ceramic, stone, etc. Pulls come in an array of options including cup, ring, bar, and bail pulls.
There are no fixed rules when it comes to choosing cabinet hardware. Let your senses be your guide. It is suggested to add hardware that complements other elements of our design, but if you are not afraid to take a risk – go for something completely different like crystal or glass to bring a glamorous shine to your cabinets.
3. Pull-out cabinet shelves
Ready to take your kitchen cabinetry to the next level? Pull-out shelves are your answer to cleaner and neater kitchen. These kitchen cabinets upgrades allow us to see everything inside and give us great access to items that may be difficult to reach if stored on a fixed shelf. Most of us have beautiful corner cabinets, but there is one main problem with this corner space – it is so deep we have to crawl on our knees to get to the back of the cabinet, so we simply throw all the things into the black hole. We can’t see or reach anything. Pull-out shelves are the best solution for our blind corners.
4. Convert wood cabinet doors to fancy glass
A pair of glass doors can change the look and feel of our kitchen. They can turn ordinary cabinets into decorative showcases or simply break up a monotonous row of solid wood doors. We just need to remember that not all kitchen cabinet doors are proper candidates for a changeover. We should check the backs of the doors to see if the center panel can be removed. The list of types of glass inserts is endless: antique, contemporary, raindrops on water, bubbles and so on.
5. Reface cabinets
Cabinet doors can wear down much faster than the frames. That’s why it’s not always necessary to buy and install totally new whole cabinets. Cabinet refacing is a nice and fast method to revitalize our kitchen with new doors, matching veneer and drawer fronts, while keeping our existing cabinet boxes. Our choices for the finished look of kitchen cabinets are virtually limitless. Veneers are available in numerous colors, textures, patterns and grains, which we can match or mix to receive a relatively low-cost kitchen facelift. There is only one condition, refacing is feasible and has a sense if our existing cabinet boxes are in good condition.
6. Remove cupboard doors for open shelving
And what about removing cabinet doors entirely? It may sound strange at first but such trick creates openness in the kitchen, a better airflow and gives our kitchen more modern look. What’s more, it allows us to display our beautiful porcelain plates or some other items we otherwise wouldn’t see at all. Removing cabinet doors gives us also the opportunity to paint or wallpaper the inside of the cabinets, which gives our dishes a stunning backdrop and creates a sort of visual frame in our kitchen. If you decide for a wallpaper, just remember to choose the washable one.
7. Brighten up your kitchen with under and over cabinet lighting
Updating our old kitchen cabinets can also mean improving their functionality. Good lighting design in modern kitchens is a must. We can use two types of lights with our cabinets:
- Over-cabinet lights – they are installed on top of kitchen cabinets where they spread a warm light on ceiling and walls. They are less about function and more about mood and style.
- Under-cabinet lights – they bathe our countertops with bright light. It’s important to hide the lights behind the edge of wall cabinets, so we only see the light, not the whole fixture.
8. Appliances disguised as cabinetry
Fridges and dishwashers have long been the focal points in our kitchens, but according to the latest remodeling trend we should de-emphasize the major appliances and focus much more on cabinetry. As a result, our appliances are going undercover. Simply adding paneling to the surface of your fridge will get the job done. Such concealed appliances give a clean, clutter-free look.
In no time at all, you can easily turn your kitchen cabinets from drab to fab with just a few simple projects.