Fast, Easy, & Cost-Effective Tips for Refreshing Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Published: 26th October 2012
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Whether you’re moving into a new home or want to give your current kitchen a fresh look, refreshing kitchen cabinets is an excellent way to brighten any kitchen. Cabinets are an important part of your decor: not only are they used frequently, but they are one of the focal points as you walk into the room. Giving your cabinets a new look doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you don’t have to be an interior design expert to do it. All is really takes is a little effort and some imagination, and you’ll have a beautiful new kitchen area before you know it!

Replace Doorways and Knobs
A simple and inexpensive way to revamp your kitchen cabinets is to replace the existing doorways or knobs and handles with new ones. Replacing doorways gives cabinets an instant facelift and can completely change the look of your kitchen. Choose doorways for kitchen cabinets that are a complimentary color but perhaps just one shade off for a bold contrast. Consider using the same color but adding new doorways of a different style for your cabinets as well.

In cases where you want to keep your current kitchen cabinets but still want to alter their appearance, new hardware can make a surprising difference. If you currently have knobs, consider changing to handles or vice versa. Choosing a new color or style for the knobs and handles of the cabinets is the cheapest way to address a need for change here, and is quick and easy to execute. Switching from old metal or worn plastic to a clean modern style creates a sleek new look for cabinets in just minutes. If you have white doors, changing from a dark knob colour to a light one will give a much gentler look to the whole room and take the eye’s focus off of the cabinets specifically. If you’re looking to funk up the room, try navy blue or red knobs. You’ll be surprised how fast the look and feel changes.

Stencil Something
Another easy way to freshen up the appearance of kitchen cabinets is with stenciling. Not only is stenciling inexpensive, it allows you to express your creativity with your cabinets. When you’re deciding on a pattern to stencil onto your cabinets, it’s best to use a small or medium-sized pattern. Large patterns on kitchen cabinets can cause a dizzying effect and detract from the rest of the kitchen. If you’re stuck for where to start, consider damask patterns randomly placed, geometric shapes, or stripes.

You have two options for stenciling your kitchen cabinets: buy a premade style or create your own. Buying a premade stencil is faster and easier than designing one yourself. However, making your own allows you to create a unique look for your cabinets that won’t be found anywhere else. Be sure that you choose a paint color for the stencils that is light or dark enough to make the design clearly visible on the kitchen cabinets.

Apply Some Self-Adhesive Veneer
An alternative to replacing the doorways of your kitchen cabinets is to use a self-adhesive veneer. A self-adhesive veneer is less expensive than real wood and has a realistic wood appearance. The veneers are easy to fit to your cabinets and don’t require any special technical skills to apply.

As with replacing doorways, choose a veneer that compliments your kitchen cabinets. The most important detail to remember about self-adhesive veneers is to measure your cabinets carefully before you apply it to the framework. Even if you are not exact, however, the veneer can easily be trimmed to fit the cabinets.

Refreshing cabinets is an enjoyable and creative process. Best of all, it can be done regardless of your skills with remodeling projects. Today’s home improvement products make transforming a tired kitchen easier than ever. By using your imagination and a few simple tools, your cabinets will create the appearance of a brand new kitchen without the high cost of a full renovation.

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