Simple DIY Ideas to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets

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Looking forward to remodeling your old kitchen? No need to break the bank, here’s a few simple DIY tips to renewing your kitchen space.

Refurbishing and upgrading your kitchen cabinets will give your entire kitchen a much-needed facelift. One of the key things to consider is which type of cabinets to install. The style will effect the overall feel of the space. Not to mention you can make cooking easier by converting your kitchen into a highly functional and fully efficient workspace.

Read below for the whole scoop on these affordable cabinet remodeling tricks.

1. Change your Hardware

Handles and pulls are kitchen decor that can spruce up cabinets easily. Some of these pretty handles and pulls might cost you for around 30 bucks or maybe more.

One money saving tip is to choose 5-in-1 or 10-in-1 packs of modern contemporary pulls, they look good at a fraction of the cost.

2. Repaint

Painting is the easiest and fastest way to refresh old and worn out kitchen cabinets. DIY painting will save big bucks. All you need is paint, sandpaper and cleaner. The whole process might be a little tedious but it’s worth the effort.

The best tip for a successful DIY paint project is to prep the surfaces properly.

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For laminate and melamine finishes, be sure to rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, and apply a good bonding primer before topping it off with the color of your choice.

A few pointers:

  1. Prepping surface:
  • Clean cabinet doors and drawers
  • Remove grease and gunk
  • Fill holes and nicks with wood putty then sand over
  • Sand each layer of paint
  • Lay doors flat to paint and let dry completely to avoid drip marks.

2. Choose lighter colors of paint to make a space appear bigger.

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 3. Add elegant moldings

If you’re looking to have a classy and elegant touch on your cabinets, the best way to go is to add crown moldings. Some three-inch, crown mold costs around 20 bucks per 8 feet. The best time to add the moldings is while you are repainting; this way, the shades will match.

4. Through the looking glass

Another quick pro-tip is to spice up the glass inserts on your cabinets. Adding glass inserts in your otherwise normal stock cabinets will give a more personal and custom feel. Updating the glass from time to time will change the way you look at your entire kitchen.

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There are a wide variety of glass designs to choose from. The most basic however are bubbles, opaque, colored, etched and geometric.

5. Light it up

Working in lights into your kitchen will give off the vibe of a professionally designed kitchen. It is the best way to highlight the areas on your kitchen, not to mention improve lighting for cooking activities. Installing under-cabinet lights will give your kitchen a subtle and understated modern and minimalist look.

One quick pro-tip to save money on installation is to use peel and stick LED.

6. Reface Kitchen Cabinets

Sometimes it’s just as simple as replacing old and worn out cabinet doors completely. When damage is far and beyond paint repair, refacing may be the best option. Years of exposure to heat and moisture will definitely show on your cabinets. Plus the number of generations past that has worked with it. Sometimes damages just go beyond repair. This is when you will want to seek out a cabinet designer like Hunt’s Kitchen Designs or purchase manufactured kits from the Ready to Design Store.

One quick pro-tip is to use wood veneer and new cabinet doors. These are not costly and will effectively brighten up and refresh your old kitchen.

7. Improve the functionality of your kitchen

We spend much of our time at home in our kitchen preparing food, conversing, or just meandering around wondering what we should eat (maybe the last one is just me). What better way to upgrade than by adding functionality to your workspace.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pull-out shelf

Spare yourself the tiresome rummaging for cookware. Convert your shelves into pull-out ones so that looking for items will be much easier and faster.

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  • Plate Rack

Adding a dish rack will give an element of design on an otherwise bare and unused space. A plate rack can be an interesting design choice that will add color and vibrant hue in the kitchen.

Final thought

Remodeling and upgrading is always an exciting project. What’s important is to take into account the budget for the project before deciding on which upgrades to consider. Also, the designer must have a clear vision of the overall appearance and feel that they want to achieve.