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25 Easy Ways to Upgrade Basic Kitchen Cabinets

Want to give your outdated or builder-grade kitchen cabinets a fresh new look? Add style and functionality for a fraction of the cost of installing new cabinets with these tricks.

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Photo: Vivian Johnson. From: Lisa Furtado.

Harness the Power of Paint

Newsflash! The new decade is here, and your kitchen no longer has to be all white. Paint is your new best friend and it’s time you rewrote your kitchen’s color story. Choose a fresh hue to give old cabinets new life and distract from less-than-trendy door styles.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia

Try Removable Wallpaper

Whether you are removing cabinet doors, opting for glass-fronts or simply tired of the boring interior of your cabinets, removable wallpaper is the perfect way to add a pop of color and pattern. But why stop there? Find a multitude of creative uses for removable wallpaper at the link below.

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Photo: Ryan Garvin. From: Grace Blu Interior Design.

Install Crown Molding

Add height, interest and sophistication to your kitchen by installing beautiful crown molding along the top of builder-grade cabinets. Hire a skilled trim carpenter to craft custom molding to your height specifications or, if you're handy with a miter saw, DIY your own. Color-match molding to the cabinets or choose a contrasting hue for a striking visual.

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Photo: Larry Arnal

Swap Out Boring Hardware

Swapping out old knobs and pulls is one of the quickest and cheapest fixes for what ails your kitchen cabinets. Hunt for new, trendy options at your local big-box store, salvage shops or from your favorite online retailer. Pro Tips: Match the width of your new drawer pulls to the old ones before buying so you don't have to drill new holes. You might knock some paint off the cabinets when removing old hardware, so be prepared to sand and touch up those spots with fresh paint.

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