You have been staring at your kitchen cabinets for a year now and realized you do not like them and haven’t for years.. It is time to do something about them. 2021 is a year about promise and change, so, why don’t you start the process in your own home? There are many ways to give your cabinets a new look and there is an option for every budget. Most of the time you won’t even need to replace your cabinets or counters, unless you just really want to. Your approach just depends on just how much time and money you are willing to put into the project.
You will have the most flexibility if you’re working with wooden cabinets, even if they have been painted previously. Laminated cabinets (also sometimes called MDF) are a bit of a different beast, and are very difficult to change once they’ve been installed. Here are a few things you should consider, depending on your cabinets:
- Swapping Hardware. Sometimes, the hardware is the thing that is making your cabinets feel old and dated. It might sound like a small thing, but heavy cabinet hardware from the 1970s has a whole different feel than more streamlined contemporary hardware. If you’re on a small budget, or you can’t have your kitchen torn apart for an extended period, simply investing in new hardware would give you a whole new look
- .Repainting. This is generally only a trick to try on cabinets that are made of wood, but if you use specially designed paints and primers, you can often make paint stick to laminated or metal cabinets. Choose a paint that’s self-leveling and dries hard, like a latex-based enamel cabinet paint, along with a bonding primer, for the very best results.
You’ll need to take the doors down, sand the existing finish just enough to rough it up, and allow for plenty of dry time, but because these paints are tintable, you can let your imagination run wild. It goes on just like other high-grade paint, so mix and match colors, paint two-tone designs on your existing cabinetry, or freehand it with fancy designs for a look you really love.
3.Restaining. This will only work with wood cabinets, but you can really change the look of a room simply by restaining your existing cabinets. It’s possible to strip old paint off of painted cabinets, but be warned: it will be a lot of work and mess, so do it outside as much as you can.
Once you have all the old stain or paint sanded off, apply your new stain per package directions. Today’s stains come in a lot more than traditional “wood” colors; many can create simulated whitewash or aged wood, or add a thin tint of color that will still allow the wood grain to show through.
If redoing your cabinet doors seems like it may be more mess than you’re prepared to deal with, or you want to change the actual design of your cabinet doors, another viable option would be to order just new cabinet doors. You may still need to paint or stain the cabinet bases to match, but a whole new design is a lot easier to achieve with new doors, and replacing those doors is a lot simpler than replacing all your cabinets.
You can also swap the old hinges for “soft-close” … something I did at my home. It doesn’t change the look, but it’s a nice change in terms of everyday use!
If you decide to have a professional company do the work, call me and I’d be happy to give you a couple of referrals to interview.
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