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How to Refresh Your Kitchen Cabinets


Are your kitchen cabinets looking a little sorry for themselves? Perhaps they have succumbed to general wear and tear over the amassed years or have been subjected to damage by an overly enthusiastic child or pet. Either way, if you don’t want to have to go to the expense of getting new cabinets for your kitchen, the below blog is just what you need.

Read on to find out how you can refresh your kitchen cabinets with just a little bit of DIY know-all and some elbow grease!

Paint your kitchen cabinets

One of the simplest and most effective ways to refresh your kitchen cabinets without going for a full-on kitchen refurbishment is to give them a fresh lick of paint.

As long as your cabinets are still in reasonably good condition and are structurally sound, then a new paint job might be all they need to look their best again.

Make sure that you thoroughly clean your cabinets before you start to paint them, and use paint that is suitable for use on the material they are made from.

Reface your kitchen cabinets

Another nifty trick to make your cabinets look brand new again is to reface them. A lot more cost-effective than replacing them, you can reface your cabinets at around a quarter of the price of buying new ones.

Choose to either invest in new doors and handles for your cabinets or, for an even cheaper option, look to stick-and-peel veneers, which can look superb when applied properly.

Install cabinet lighting

If your kitchen is looking a little dark and dreary, but you don’t want to have to buy lighter cabinets, then why not invest in some under-cabinet lighting? Under-cabinet task lighting can be placed underneath upper kitchen cabinets and is highly effective at brightening up a space and making your cabinets look fresher than they actually are.

You could even add a dimmer switch so that you can create different moods in your kitchen depending on the time of day and the occasion.

Add crown moulding

To make your kitchen cabinets look expensive without spending a fortune, all you need to do is add crown moulding.

For those who are unfamiliar with crown moulding, this is the process of mounting moulding on a hardwood frame that sits above your cabinets. Perfect for adding detail to your kitchen, crown moulding is relatively easy to install and can instantly make the space feel more cohesive and put together.

Change the cabinet handles

You may be surprised at just how much a new set of handles can do to change the overall look of your kitchen cabinets. If you are fed up with your kitchen cabinet handles, or they went out of fashion several years ago, then a fresh new set is just what you need.

Whether you favour traditional door knobs or you prefer more contemporary cabinet pulls, there are so many different options to choose from when it comes to cabinet handles.