Updating Kitchen Cabinets

Updating kitchen cabinets transforms your kitchen into a gathering place for the whole family.
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By: Melissa Webster

Nothing shines a light on a boring, outdated kitchen better than shabby, forgettable kitchen cabinets. Luckily, updating kitchen cabinets is a relatively easy fix that transforms the entire room.

How to Update Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

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Don't Desert Your Island

If you love your kitchen cabinets, but want to add some interest to the space for very little money and time, consider changing the color of your island. This has been a popular design element for years and is showing no signs of changing anytime soon. Paint it, stain it a darker color or clad it in beadboard. You could even put corbels under the breakfast bar for added dimension and inexpensive customization.

Are You Both Worn Out?

These kitchen cabinets are hopefully in worse shape than yours, but they're not that uncommon. If you like the style of your existing cabinets, they're still functioning well or new ones aren't in the budget right now, paint is your friend here. Choose a color that complements the other elements in the room and get ready to go from "ow" to "wow!" Check out the next picture to see just how amazing this low-cost solution can look.

Acquaint Yourself With Paint

A fresh kitchen is just a few days' elbow grease away. Prep work and light, even coats are the keys to a successful paint job. Take the time to sand the surfaces until smooth, caulk as needed and try using pieces of a brown paper bag to "sand" between coats. It smooths and knocks down the high spots without dulling/removing as much paint as sandpaper so you don't have to be quite so careful.

Ready For a Change

This kitchen could be Anywhere, USA, and might remind you of yours. Let's say you have a bigger budget and it's time for some changes, but new cabinets aren't one of them. Repurposing them by changing their color and focusing on other areas that'll give you a big bang for your buck is a smart way to go. Look to the following picture for inspiration.

More Bang For the Buck

This kitchen's renewed darker cabinets, new backsplash and stainless steel appliances all combine to make it into a welcoming space with minimal hassle and mess. Keeping the same layout, cabinets and flooring made it possible to put the dollars into the higher-end appliances people expect these days and to add texture with the tile backsplash — all ideas you can consider if your kitchen's not to your taste.

Not-So-Bright White

This kitchen's beige/whitewashed cabinet color makes the white countertops and walls look dull. That isn't what anyone wants in a space that should be clean and fresh for cooking and eating. If you're ready for a change and crave color, check out the next picture to see how adding a new hue to just the cabinets transformed this kitchen.

For Those Who Crave Color

New molding along the top of the stock cabinets and N-HANCE® wood renewal in blue make the entire kitchen look unique, bright and white, even though the countertops and walls didn't change. When you're ready to update your kitchen cabinets, consider all your color options and don't be afraid to make a bold statement.

Ranging in price from less than $100 all the way up to $20,000+, the possibilities and options for updating your kitchen cabinets are limited only by your imagination. Once you determine your budget, check out the different options to determine which approach is the right fit for you and your needs, and then dive into a whole new kitchen experience you'll love for years to come.

Refinishing, painting or staining kitchen cabinets can be an easy and inexpensive way to make the old look new again—and it's a fun way to upgrade your color scheme and add a touch of flair. It is a process of cleaning the doors, shelves and hardware; sanding and/or stripping the old paint, blemishes and flaws off the surfaces; and adding new paint or stain for a fresh, new look. The cost is usually less than $100, but it can go up depending on the size and scope of the job.

By refacing or resurfacing kitchen cabinets, you're adding a layer of laminate or wood veneer over existing cabinet surfaces for an instant new outward appearance. Such is the variety on this option that you can instantly change the type of wood, color and style for a complete cabinet makeover. For an average-sized kitchen, laminate veneers generally range in cost from $1,000 to $3,000, and wood veneers can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $6,000. More expensive than a simple refinish but much less than a complete remodel, it adds value to your home at an affordable price.

Replacing kitchen cabinets is the most straightforward option for radically updating kitchen cabinets to create an exciting new look. It is also the most expensive, but if you can work it within your budget, it is a worthy investment to increase the value of your home, as well as achieve the most authentic, complete transformation. Replacing kitchen cabinets can range in price on average from $20,000 for a full set of basic cabinets to as high as $75,000+ for high-end custom models.

The difference made by updating the kitchen cabinets will set the tone for the entire home, as the kitchen becomes the favorite gathering place for the whole family.

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