Old Kitchen Cabinets

Get all the info you'll need on old kitchen cabinets, from tips on how to restore them to ways you can recycle your old cabinets.

By: Sean McEvoy

Whether you're trying to figure out what to do with the old kitchen cabinets in the home you've just purchased or looking to refinish your existing ones, there are some important steps you'll want to take before you start.

Updated Rustic Kitchens

See All Photos

Shop This Look

First, if you're in the former category and want to recycle your old kitchen cabinets and install new ones, there are many options available to you. You can potentially sell the old kitchen cabinets to a number of salvage stores or online auction sites. You may be able to donate them to non-profit organizations that collect and recycle construction materials for use in low-income housing. Or, if the cabinets are in such bad shape that you're not comfortable selling or donating them, you may just want to have them demolished and hauled away to a scrap heap.

If your old cabinets just need a facelift, you'll also have several options. If your cabinets are wood and you're comfortable with their style, you can sand them down and then repaint, stain or refinish them. If you think the style also needs an update, consider replacing the cabinet doors and hardware with a new style. If your cabinets are laminate, repainting can be slightly more complicated; consult a painting professional to ensure you're using the right materials and techniques.

Lastly, without painting staining or finishing your old cabinets, you can sand them down and add veneers that will approximate new wood finishes.

Next Up

Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

Resurfacing kitchen cabinets gives your kitchen a much-needed facelift without the hassles of a complete remodel.

Updating Kitchen Cabinets

Updating kitchen cabinets transforms your kitchen into a gathering place for the whole family.

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Get the feel of a whole new kitchen with beautifully refinished kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Colors and Finishes

Find helpful tips for choosing colors and finishes for your kitchen cabinets that reflect your personality and style.

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Get tips on how to find the right cabinetry for your remodel.

Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

When refinishing and refacing don't make sense, consider replacing your kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Options

Learn about the different options for kitchen cabinets and decide what's right for your home based on your budget and style.

New Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Get all the info you need on new kitchen cabinet doors, a great way to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Great Color Ideas for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Longing for a change to your kitchen's look? Nothing makes an impact like paint. Discover the best colors for kitchen cabinets and how to decide which color is best for you.

Restaining Kitchen Cabinets

Explore your options for restaining kitchen cabinets, and get all the info you'll need to give your kitchen a stylish facelift.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.