Kitchen cabinets play a huge part in both the look and functionality of your kitchen. Many of us dream about beautiful new kitchen cabinets, but most of us can’t afford to tear out the old kitchen cabinets and install new ones. Luckily, you can remodel your existing cabinets for a new look at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
Paint is always the best first option, because it is relatively cheap and a different color can completely alter a space. However, you do want to consider a few things first, such as the colors of the rest of your kitchen, the color of the rest of your house if you have an open floor plan, and the overall style and feel that you are going for.
If you have a small, cramped kitchen, painting it white will help to make it seem bigger and more open. If you don’t like white, you can go for a different color, but you should stick with a lighter color and keep all of the cabinets the same color.
If you have a big kitchen, you have more options. You could still do white, but you could then provide some color and style with an accent color, such as painting one section of cabinets a different color, or even painting your top cupboards one color and your bottom cupboards a another color. If you have a lot of cabinetry in your kitchen, you’ll probably want some accent colors to keep from overwhelming the space.
If you have plain or flat kitchen cabinets, you can add crown molding for a new look. Crown molding is inexpensive compared to new cabinet doors, and you can try out a lot of fun and fancy looks. After you attach the molding and paint everything, no one will know that the crown molding wasn’t always a part of your cupboards.
If crown molding is too expensive or you don’t like the way it looks, you can use regular plywood to create simple frames on your cabinet doors. This creates more of a simple, farmhouse kitchen style that many people love.
If you have recessed cabinet doors, consider taking out the middle and replacing it with something new. If your middle inserts are already removable, like they are with glass cabinets, this will be simple and easy. If you have clear glass, try frosted, etched, or some other type of patterned glass instead. It’s more work, but you can also cut out the middle of your cabinets to replace them with glass if you want.
To create a more open and airy kitchen, try simply removing the fronts of some of your cabinets for open shelving. You can make the space even more inviting by painting the shelves in an accent color that stands out and highlights your dishes, cookbooks, or whatever you want to showcase on those shelves.
If you don’t love your kitchen cabinets, there’s no excuse not to change them. Remodeling your kitchen cabinets doesn’t have to be an expensive future project—why not make it a simple weekend one, instead?