Decorator Tips For Refreshing The Look Of Your Kitchen Cabinets

You can add all the style you want to the kitchen with coffee cup metal art, pretty dinnerware, and countertop accessories, but if your cabinets look like they stepped out of a 1972 TV sitcom, your kitchen will look tired and dated. The good news is that you can bring your kitchen cabinets into the current century with a few do-it-yourself upgrades that are very affordable and easy to do. The kitchen can look fresh and stylish once again if you focus your efforts on the appearance of your cabinet doors.

A New Look with Paint.
Painting cabinets is way easier than stripping and refinishing. Remove the cabinet hardware and doors and place the doors on a flat work surface. If you plan to replace your present hardware with new hardware that has a different hole configuration, you can fill and sand the holes and then gently sand the doors. Wipe them down and apply latex primer; let dry and follow with latex paint, then follow the same procedure to paint the cabinet bases.

As far as colors are concerned, light and light neutrals will give your kitchen a brighter appearance. You can also try a shade of soothing taupe for an updated look. From earthy browns and lush greens to buttery yellows, colored kitchen cabinets are all the rage. Browse through a kitchen shop to get ideas of trends in kitchen cabinet colors and bring the inspiration home.

See Through your Options with Glass.
While you’re in the kitchen shop, you’ll undoubtedly notice glass fronted cabinets with a hefty price tag. If your existing cabinets have front wood panels, it’s easy to change out the wood panel fronts with glass. Visit a glass store and look at the variety of options, from plain glass to textured and ribbed, clear to colored. Measure the panels and buy replacements in the same dimensions. Working on an even surface, take off the wooden panels by gently tapping with a rubber mallet and then chisel and replace the panels with the glass, utilizing glass putty and glazier’s points to secure the glass fronts.

Wood Relief Carvings and Decorative Banding Provide a Rich New Look.
A woodworking store is your source for wood embellishments if you’d like to bring the depth and intricacy of wood to your cabinet fronts. You’ll find wood carvings in styles and sizes to fit any taste and they can be stained or painted to match the door fronts.

Another alternative is thin decorative wood banding for trimming cabinets of any type from oak to exotic. A wide array of widths, styles and colors are available and they can be glued around the outline of doors and drawers to completely alter their visual appeal.

The Finishing Touch: Stylish New Hardware.
No matter how you choose to update your cabinets, complete and accessorize the look with stylish new hardware. From sleek chromes and brushed metals, to vintage or modern glass, wrought iron, wall clocks, stone or ceramic, you’ll find just the perfect knobs and pulls to give your cabinets a totally new personality, whether you’re into hip and urban, classically traditional or whimsically thematic. Or maybe you’d prefer handles shaped like musical notes to coordinate with the musical wall decor that sets the theme for your kitchen.

Roger Merritt
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Article provided by Roger Meritt who writes for, a site featuring music note wall art.

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