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Nothing shines a light on a boring, outdated kitchen better than shabby, forgettable kitchen cabinets.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.

Kitchen Cabinet Inspirations

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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

And

John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen

From

Debe Robinson

Tuscan Style Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Red Kitchen Cabinets

From

Kim Alexandriuk

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White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

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Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design

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Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island

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Celebrity Communities

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Kitchen with Island Seating

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Brown Contemporary Kitchen

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Nomita Joshi Gupta

Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

White transitional kitchen

White Kitchen with Round Island

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

Urban Oasis Kitchen

Kitchen with Ladder

Neutral Kitchen

White Kitchen

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

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Ben Herzog

White Kitchen with Dining Table

White Kitchen with Wood Island

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

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Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Pale Kitchen cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island

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Cheri Wentworth

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

White Cabinets

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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