If you're on the fence (or on a budget), there’s always the old standby—paint. A change in color can have a huge impact on your kitchen and the payoff far exceeds the effort (although removing all the doors and hardware may prove a little tedious). Get out the sandpaper and pick some paint swatches, and you’re halfway there.
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10 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
Put on Some Paint
Wallpaper the Interior
Remove the Doors
Quite possibly the easiest change doesn’t require adding anything at all. Simply removing the doors will give your kitchen an airy feeling, but be forewarned that this look requires more maintenance than you'd think. With everything on display, you’ll want to be sure the contents of your cabinets are in order—all the time.
Do a Complete Overhaul
Combining one or more of these suggested changes can give the appearance of a complete overhaul. Here, the insides of the cabinets were wallpapered, the shelves painted, and doors removed—leaving behind a kitchen that's both modern and cozy.
Related: Planning Guide – Kitchen Remodeling
Add Knobs or Hardware
If your cabinets lack hardware, you’ll appreciate this fix. The addition not only creates a whole new appearance, but also makes getting things in and out of the cabinets easier than before. Take some precise measurements, spend some quality time with the drill, and voilà—a whole new kitchen.
Adding crown molding to your cabinets will give them—and the kitchen—an entirely new look. The upgrade will visually add height to the room and give the cabinets a more finished appearance. While it’s always important to measure twice, it's particularly vital with this project.
Get Out the Chalkboard Paint
No room benefits from chalkboard paint quite like the kitchen. You can use the upper cabinets to keep track of needed grocery items and important dates, while your children can go to town on the lower cabinets—and leave your walls alone.
Related: How To Make Chalkboard Paint
Use Paint as an Accent
Use your cabinets’ built-in details to your advantage by emphasizing them with paint. Whether you're painting the whole cabinet or just the recessed areas, the contrasting colors will add depth and striking visual drama.
Construct a Plate Rack
Install Task Lighting
Adding task lighting beneath cabinets can dramatically alter the look—and efficiency—of any kitchen. In addition to making countertop chores easier to tackle, the added illumination will showcase tile backsplashes and make dark cabinets appear lighter.
Related: How To Add Under-Cabinet Lighting
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