Using wallpaper to reface kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way to give cabinets a new look. It will also save time and eliminate the inconvenience of having the kitchen cabinet doors removed. Select wallpaper designs that tie in to existing wall colors or go for an entirely new look and theme to create a customized appearance for the kitchen cabinets and décor.
Wallpaper can be used creatively as artwork to give kitchen cabinets a new look. This will also allow you to use floral designs and patterned wallpapers, versus limiting your choices to solid colors. Use a spray adhesive or glue to mount the wallpaper on the raised panel portion of the door, letting the outer molding serve as a frame for the wallpaper. Paint the frame to coordinate with the colors of the kitchen.
Use wallpapers that mimic the look of wood to convert painted cabinets to ones that look like wooden cabinets. Use wallpaper that is washable and easy to clean. For a lighter look in the kitchen, stick with wallpapers that replicate the look of birch, ash, maple and poplar. The light color will help the kitchen appear bigger and brighter. To make a kitchen cozier, choose wallpapers that mimic medium to darker woods like mahogany, cherry or walnut. Apply the wallpaper to the door facing only, and then use a solid color paint or matching wood stain on the edges to avoid having to cut in the wallpaper on the cabinet edges and tricky areas around the cabinet hinges. Remove knobs and reattach them after applying the wallpaper to the cabinet doors.
Contemporary Solid Colors
Solids and textures can be effective in giving cabinets a contemporary look. By using a solid color, you can create a “color block” that ties in and accents the main color palette in the overall kitchen design. For example, in a kitchen that is primarily black and white, use a solid colored wallpaper in red to add drama and character. In a kitchen with a blue and white theme, use solid or textured yellow wallpaper for a distinctive look. Narrow wallpaper choices by making sure that the wallpaper is washable.
Borders can be used to reface and give cabinets a fresh look for even less money and time. Borders can be added to existing painted or wooden cabinets easily. Simply sand the surface where the border will be applied and use an adhesive that is appropriate for the existing surface, such as one that is right for wood, painted cabinets or veneers. Use the same wallpaper border pattern to create a matching backsplash behind the sink or stove to pull together a new look for the kitchen.