The cabinets in your kitchen are probably one of the room’s most prominent features so when you make a change to them, you are making a bold statement. If your kitchen is looking a little worn or you are ready for a change, updating your cabinets is an easy way to make a big difference.
There are all kinds of ways you can make a statement with your kitchen cabinets and most of them involve projects you can do yourself. Think about what your dream kitchen would look like and then use some of these projects to transform your kitchen into a beautiful space for the entire family.
Add a Classic Stain
There’s something about a deep, rich stain that instantly makes a kitchen feel classier. One of the easiest ways to update your kitchen is to remove all the cabinets, use a disc sander to sand off any old paint or stain and smooth the cabinets. Then, choose the perfect stain and apply it as per the directions. Be sure everything is completely dry before you reinstall the cabinet doors.
You can hire a disc sander on HSS Hire’s website: www.hss.com/g/5211/Disc-Sander.html
Get Creative with Paint
A fresh coat of paint also goes a long way when it comes to updating your kitchen. But, you don’t have to stick with a regular paint job. Use a unique painting technique, distress your cabinets, or paint one section of cabinets a different colour. You can also use contrasting colours to draw attention to parts of your cabinets or just a few cabinet doors.
Make a Glass-Doored Cabinet
Glass-doored cabinets are definitely in right now, and you can easily add one, or even more, to your kitchen. Start by removing a cabinet door, use a saw to remove the centre, and then add a piece of glass in its place. Combine this project with some of the others on this list to make an even bigger statement.
Add Some Open Cabinets
Open cabinets, with easy-to-access shelves, are also very much in style and can make your kitchen feel more open and modern. To achieve this look, all you’ll need to do is remove a few doors! Make it look a little more polished by painting the shelves and back of the cabinets. Use contrasting colours or even add patterned paper to the back to add interest.
Install Trim or Moulding
Another simple update is to install some trim or moulding to your cabinets. Add these to the top or bottom to give them more personality. Moulding is available in all kinds of styles, from more modern, clean styles to traditional, detailed styles. This is the perfect addition to make when you stain or paint your cabinets so the pieces will blend in and look built in.
If you want to make this project something more, add the same, or complimentary moulding, to the top of your kitchen walls or even baseboards to complete the look. This simple step will make your kitchen flow and the whole space will feel completely updated.
Light Things Up
Light things up in your kitchen and make your cabinets look more modern by installing some spotlights. Depending on the layout of your kitchen, you can add lights to the insides of your cabinets or above them. Another popular place to add lighting is underneath cabinets just above the countertop, adding light and making it easier to work in the kitchen.
This is another project you can make even bigger by replacing other light fixtures in your kitchen. Consider adding hanging lights above your island, replacing that dated light above your table or installing new lights to make the whole place look bigger and brighter.
Add New Hardware
For an update you can do in less than an hour, add new hardware to your kitchen cabinets. Even this simple update can make a big difference, especially if your current knobs and drawer pulls clash with the style you are going for. This is a great add-on to another project, like repainting the cabinets or adding lights, as it can make the transformation complete.
If you like your current hardware, but it doesn’t quite go with your new look, use a paint sprayer to give the pieces a new look in a matter of minutes. This is also a great way to update vintage hardware that has a great shape but doesn’t match your kitchen.
Reface the Cabinets
To make a major statement, use your existing cabinets as a foundation for a whole new look. Cut some boards to size and add them to your cabinet doors to give them some dimension. For example, cut five narrow boards and use them around the edges of the cabinet and one down the centre. Then, repaint the entire door one colour to make the cabinets look like they are a single piece.
Make a Custom Backsplash
While this project isn’t one that involves your cabinets directly, it does change the way they look. Sketch out a pattern and then buy the tiles you’ll need. Use tile cutters, adhesive and grout to install your backsplash. This is a great project because it gives you a completely custom look that complements the rest of your kitchen.
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While the way the inside of your cupboards look may not make an impact on how your kitchen looks, it does definitely make an impact on how it feels. Use some drawer and cupboard organisers to get pots, pans, dishes, utensils and baking tools organised so you can find what you need and so your kitchen will be a pleasure to use.
When you update your kitchen cabinets, you’ll be making a huge difference to the entire room. There are lots of ways to make a statement with your kitchen cabinets and most of these projects you can do in just one weekend. If your kitchen is feeling a little dull lately, take some of these projects on and transform them into something that adds to the look and feel of the entire room.
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