How to Revitalize Your Old Kitchen Cabinets

Friday July 7th, 2017

Cabinets have a significant influence on the aesthetic of your kitchen.

 

When the weekend rolls around, sometimes there is no better way to spend the time than on a home renovation project. Whether you are an aspiring chef or someone who can only make toast, your kitchen is a great place to try out some DIY renovation activities. And that includes one of the necessities of the room that is sometimes taken for granted: the cupboards.

If you want to give your old kitchen cabinets a new look without completely replacing the shelves, try breathing fresh life into them with one of the following minor DIY updates:

Add a Coat of Paint
Perhaps the simplest way to update the cabinets in your kitchen is to give them a simple paint job. Changing the colour is an easy – and cheap – way to give your room an entirely new look. Before you start painting, remove the doors completely from the cabinet and unscrew the hinges and handles. Make sure to give the paint plenty of time to dry before you reassemble the components.

Or maybe colour is not a solution to your kitchen woes – it is part of the problem. To get rid of your existing shade and go for a more natural look, sand down your existing cabinets to remove the paint and then add a coat of varnish to bring out the colour of the wood.

Change Out the Doors
For a more significant update, consider installing new doors altogether. One option is to go with glass doors to give your room the appearance of extra space. However, the downside is that you will not be able to hide clutter on the shelves any longer – so be prepared to keep your dishes organized.

However, you do not have to completely change the doors for a different look. You can also take a simpler route and just change out the handles. A simple knob will give your kitchen a more modern feel, while something decorative may be the right choice if you are interested in a more elegant option.

Or you can forget about knobs altogether and remove the doors completely, leaving the shelving open. As with glass doors, this strategy makes it appear that your room is larger than it actually is, which creates a more open environment.

Your plain old kitchen cabinets may be due for a modern update. Your plain old kitchen cabinets may be due for a modern update.

Play with Lighting
If you like the current colour and style of your cabinets, adding light underneath may be the only update you need. This simple touch can really elevate the tone of the room, and the extra light will help you read recipes and cooking instructions when you prepare food in the evening.

While you can install lighting under your cabinets in the same way that you would anywhere else in the kitchen, there is a simple alternative that you can do in a single afternoon that does not involve dealing with electrical wiring. Just use an adhesive to attach touch lights underneath the cabinets. These options are easy to mount on most surfaces and can be turned on or off with a simple push. As long as they are hidden by the edge of the door, you do not need to worry about whether the plain light works with the rest of your décor.

Once you have updated your kitchen cabinets, consider an upgrade for your sink as well. Visit your local Wolseley Canada Vague & Vogue Showroom today to view products from a variety of trusted brands to find the perfect option for your home.

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