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Installing brand new cabinetry can be a project that doesn’t always fit into your budget. But there are less costly ways to align your kitchen cabinets with your dreams. Cabinet refacing gives you the opportunity to give your cabinets a makeover without reinventing the wheel. With some new colors, new hardware, and a touch of inspiration, you can revamp your cabinetry and have your home looking brand new without anyone knowing the wiser. Let’s look at a few inspiring ideas to help you create a picture perfect outcome.
Colors Despite common convention, there’s no need to stick with one muted color when painting your cabinets. If your kitchen seems dark and dreary, consider going with all-white cabinetry to brighten up the space. Or choose a bold color such as yellow or green for only the upper or lower cabinets. If your cabinet faces are stained and in good condition, you can sand them down and choose a new wood stain. Color makes a huge impact, so give this area some extra thought—and don’t be afraid to consider bold new choices.
Changing up your hardware is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to give your cabinets a whole new look. With an almost unlimited amount of options, you can change old, ornate pulls to those with simple clean lines, or replace them with colorful glass knobs. You can even mix and match, or create your own. Just remember to bring your old hardware with you and count how many you need before you shop.
Today’s modern designs invite the eyes into the shelves of cabinets. Experiment with replacing some of your cabinet doors with frosted glass, or even take one or two doors off altogether and display your best dishes, cookbooks, or other items to add another dimension to your cabinetry.
Do you want to design with the planet in mind? Look for low-VOC paints and stains, and do some thrift store and antique shopping. You can often find old hardware that can be used to give your cabinets a classic or vintage look. You can often even find old cabinet doors or reclaimed wood that can be reused to give your cabinets a fresh new look.
Try moving shelves around and redesigning the insides of your cabinets along with the outsides. Replace old shelves with adjustable-height options, and add in lazy Susans and pull-out organizing racks. Often a few changes and upgrades to the function of your cabinets can give you a new appreciation for an older layout.
Now that you’re inspired, create a folder (digital or not) to keep your favorite ideas and images for your cabinet refacing project.