10 ways to breathe life into old cabinets

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Cabinets can be one of the most expensive components of your home. Whether you are choosing kitchen or bathroom cabinets, sprucing up old cabinets will save money and give your home a face lift. When cabinets are updated, they can improve the value of your home and appeal to future home buyers. Even if you aren't moving, you'll want to spend more time in your kitchen and bathroom once you have fresh, updated cabinets.  Here are 10 ways to breathe life into old cabinets and update your home at the same time!

1. Paint cabinets: Consider painting old cabinets with a fresh coat of paint in a quality semi- or high-gloss paint. Make sure cabinets are sanded free of the old finish/stain. For the best results, seek advice of a home improvement store or a cabinetry maker for your specific type of cabinet.

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Modern metals in minimalistic shapes help update cabinets.

Modern metals in minimalistic shapes help update cabinets.

2. Change/add door hardware: Without changing the physical door, cabinet hardware pulls and knobs can give your cabinetry a new look and provide functionality. Choose modern metals such as brushed chrome, nickel, copper or stainless steel hardware. Styles range from minimalistic, thin door pulls to more intricate and curvy oblong knobs.


Cabinet detailing adds grandeur.

Cabinet detailing adds grandeur.

3. Add crown molding: If your kitchen cabinets are in good condition but just need an upscale look, add wood details like crown molding and dentils. Wood cabinet detailing adds height and grandeur to your kitchen. To match stains of new woodwork to existing cabinets, stain all components at the same time.


4. Add glass doors: To give cabinets country charm, replace solid doors with glass pane doors. If you decide to add glass, consider putting decorative dishes or display items in these cabinets. Add under-cabinet lights inside cabinets for added visual interest in the evening.


Structurally sound cabinets just need refacing.

Structurally sound cabinets just need refacing.

5. Reface cabinets: Cabinetry that is outdated but still has good structural integrity is perfect for refacing. Refacing involves changing out the old doors and drawer fronts and replacing with new ones. For a stain color change, a wood grained image material is adhered to the current boxes – leaving your cabinets look brand-new.
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6. Remove doors entirely: Partially open shelving and cabinetry is for those who like to have dishware on display. Kitchens can add a decorative touch by using open shelving display to brighten their kitchen and walls. Consider painting the inside of the cabinets to give dishes a beautiful backdrop.


7. Under/over cabinet lighting brightens the kitchen: Updating your old cabinetry can also mean improving its functionality. Consider breathing new life into your cabinets with over and under cabinet lighting. Lighting can add ambiance and under cabinet lighting doubles for ambiance and task lighting.


What you put inside your cabinets matters, too.

What you put inside your cabinets matters, too.

8. Add amenities to existing cabinets: For cabinets that still look good, consider adding amenities such as plate racks, wine storage, and display shelves to update your current look. Visit a cabinet manufacturer showroom or look online for inspiration and ideas.


9. Add cabinetry paneling to your appliances: Once your cabinetry has been aesthetically improved, opt for appliances with matching cabinetry paneling. This is a good option for those who reface cabinets with door fronts and drawer pulls. Refrigerators, dishwashers, and heated/cooling drawers have varieties with customizable paneling for an integrated appeal.
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Short on storage? Don't confine cabinetry to the kitchen.
10. Extend cabinetry into adjacent rooms: If you are lacking in storage, upgrading to new cabinets in an adjacent living or dining room area may solve your problem. Consider hiring a cabinet maker to assess your space and your budget. For some, the expense of adding three or four new cabinets is much less than replacing all old cabinets.

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