Updating or remodeling a kitchen can be an expensive project to undertake, so for those stretched to a budget, seeking alternative ways to upgrade a kitchen are preferable. Replacing worn or dated kitchen cabinets can cost a lot of money, but there are lots of cabinet makeover ideas that are suitable for those strapped for cash, but still have the effect of freshening your kitchen up. Here are some inspiring ideas to get you started.
Remove cabinet doors
In recent times, kitchen trends have been erring towards displaying the contents of your cabinet, so for a contemporary feel, remove the cabinet door. Make sure that you select what you have on display inside the cabinet with care – opt for designer chinaware, vintage or unusual kitchen ornaments, glass jars, stylish glasses or cookbooks, for instance. Display items that fit in with the style you want to create for your kitchen. Remember to remove any hinges and repair and paint if necessary.
Replace the hardware
Often, all that is needed to brighten up your kitchen cabinets is a replacement of its hardware. Worn handles or knobs can be affordably replaced with sleeker, tubular handles, for an instant contemporary feel. There are thousands of different designs to suit every taste so it’s a great place to start.
One of your widest options for giving your cabinets a facelift is to paint them. There are lots of colours and styles to choose from, so pick according to the theme you want to create for your kitchen. Choose colours that mix well with other elements, such as the tiles, worktops or flooring, for instance. Pretty much any shade can work in a kitchen, so look at all of the options available to you. Blue cabinets, for instance, can create a cottage vibe. White is vintage-inspired, but black, orange, yellow, red or grey can be dynamic and modern for your kitchen.
Why not consider taking one cabinet and painting it in chalkboard paint? You could designate this for writing messages down, which could be a useful addition to your kitchen. Be sure to select the right type of paint and pay attention to detail when repainting.
If you want to incorporate a nostalgic, cottage charm to your kitchen, then a notable idea is to remove one of the cabinet doors and replace it with curtains instead. Choose curtains that blend in well with the rest of the kitchen decor. Gingham or floral-inspired are currently chic, and will add an element of interest to your cabinets.
The glass front
A glass-fronted cabinet can ooze charm and sophistication in a kitchen, so consider replacing one or two doors with glass. If you choose clear glass, make sure the contents of your cabinet are worthy of displaying. Frosted or opaque glass offers you the best of both worlds, with the same transparent appeal as clear glass, but without the inside cabinet contents being on display.
If you want your cabinets to look classy and elegant, then consider adding fine detail to them, such as appliques or motifs. You can use wood glue to keep the added details secure on the cabinets, and then paint them, if desired.
If your kitchen lacks energy and fun, then why not experiment and add some vibrancy so this much-used space? Consider painting one (or more) of your cabinet doors in art, if you have a flair for this subject. Or, alternatively, replace the cabinet door with a same-sized print, so that it adds a unique element to what was once a bland kitchen.
If your kitchen is in need of freshening up then the cabinets are a great place to start as they can create a completely new and different look.
Philippa L loves all things DIY and is constantly looking for ways to improve her home. Philippa sourced all her kitchen appliances from the specialists at Kitchen Appliance Centre; providing high quality appliances for your kitchen.