Outdated cabinets can cause an entire kitchen to look old, even if you've recently updated everything else. If the cabinets are in fine working condition and have no reason for replacement, redoing them is a cost-effective way to update your kitchen without a full remodeling. In some cases, just replacing hardware and handles can make a huge difference in the appearance of your kitchen and its cupboards.
Refacing cabinets changes their shape, texture and color in one step. To reface a cabinet, remove the doors and drawers and strip them of their hardware. Wrap a piece of wood veneer around the surface of the drawer and door to give it a new face. Veneer comes in a variety of colors, styles and laminates, so choose one to match your needs.
Refinishing requires more time and materials, but is cheaper than refacing or replacing doors and drawers. This process requires you to remove cabinet doors and drawers, strip them of color and paint them a new shade. Consider adding a modern twist by painting cabinet doors and drawers a different color than the frames. Another option is to use a faux finish, such as antique or crackling, to add a decorative touch.
Molding and Borders
Sometimes a cabinet’s finish color is fine, but it still needs an additional pick-me-up. Consider using decorative molding to accent cabinet doors by creating borders or making decorative patterns on the door. You can also try creating a frame within a frame on cabinet doors. Make a frame around the edge using decorative molding, then create an additional frame a few inches inside the first.
Cabinet doors can do more than hide dishes or unsightly piles of Tupperware. They can become highly functional parts of the kitchen with a few minor changes. Consider refacing the front of one or two cabinet doors with corkboard or a chalkboard surface instead of paint or wood. This provides space to write notes to family members, store photographs and reminders, or even jot down a grocery list.
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