Old Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about all of the different options for refinishing or recycling old cabinets to bring you a new look your kitchen.
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By: Amy McEvoy

Whether you bought a home with old kitchen cabinets in need of an update or you're looking for a change in your current home's kitchen, there are many affordable options to update your look without purchasing brand new cabinets.

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The first and simplest option for renovating old kitchen cabinets is to simply replace the hardware on your existing cabinets. It's a simple and inexpensive option for your old cabinets that can update their look with ease. If you are looking for a change with a little more impact, but your old cabinets still just need a facelift, you can sand down their surfaces and repaint or re-stain them. This option works well with existing wood cabinets. It's more labor intensive and requires some DIY skills on the homeowner's part, but it can be done at low cost—possibly over a weekend, depending on how many cabinets are involved.

If your old cabinets are in too poor a shape to just be resurfaced, you could replace the doors with new ones made out of whatever material fits your new design or budget. This option gives you a brand new look at a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire cabinet. Your old cabinets must be in good working shape internally, however, for new doors to give you the lasting durability that entirely new cabinets would give you.

Finally, if your old cabinets are just in no shape to be used in your new kitchen or you are looking to change the actual layout of your current kitchen, you can replace your entire bank of cabinets with recycled kitchen cabinets. New kitchen cabinets can be pricey to purchase, but using recycled cabinets from another kitchen or a recycled cabinet retailer can provide you with cabinets at a fraction of the cost of brand new ones. Old kitchen cabinets recycled from somewhere else can be sanded down and restained if made of wood. Doors and pieces can also be taken off and rebuilt in new formations to create a new look.

No matter where you find your old kitchen cabinets, whether in your current kitchen, from salvage stores, or from retailers specializing in old cabinetry, you don't have to build brand new cabinets to get a new look in your home. With a little know-how and some elbow grease, old cabinets can be restored to look like new and give you the new look you were hoping for in your kitchen.

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