Old Kitchen Cabinets

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Old Kitchen Cabinets

Old Kitchen Cabinets

As seen on HGTV's Great Rooms, old wood kitchen cabinets before the remodel.

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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.

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Log Accents in the Kitchen

Log accents in this kitchen give the clean design an outdoorsy feel. The wooden floors, countertops, cabinetry and other accents enhance the rustic feel, and the large windows allow kitchen users to enjoy the beautiful views. Image courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects

Make the Details Count

Abundant windows and a skylight bring the outdoors into this elegant, rustic kitchen design. The detailing throughout the space, such as the embellished cabinets and mosaic tile stools, enhance the rustic feel and add an antique look. Image courtesy of Burgin Construction

English Cottage Kitchen Style

Warmly stained maple and black cabinetry combine to create a rustic, cottage-like kitchen. The breakfast bar with a stainless steel countertop and pot rack completes the sophisticated space. The window box lets in as much natural light as possible, and the light yellow walls give the space a little color. Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Country Kitchen

This kitchen has 10-foot ceilings, limestone countertops and a work surface made of African bubinga wood. The Venetian plaster range hood, simple cabinets and floating shelves evoke an earthy English cottage feel. Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Fresh Look

All the elements of classic country style come together with elegant simplicity in this kitchen. The open shelving and glass-face cabinetry allow dishware to be seen and easily accessed. Fresh flowers add to the uplifting feel of the space, designed by Jane Ellison.

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Oak Floors and Copper Hardware

Five-inch oak planks help give this space the feeling of a rustic cabin. The copper hardware, hearty cabinets and countertops add to the overall style of the space, designed by Lori Dennis.

Rich Color

Creating the perfect rustic feel, this kitchen brings the best of country style. Embossed tin makes an unusual yet creative backsplash for the stove. The use of red cabinetry warms up this kitchen, and the slate gray laminate adds a nice contrast. The beadboard matches the crown moldings, and the same colonial blue adorns all the windows and door trims. Photo by Eric Roth. Design by Sue Adams

Denim Blue Cabinets

The denim blue cabinets and wooden beadboard backsplash add a punch of warmth to this kitchen. Meanwhile, the stainless steel appliances, accessories and island top add a modern touch to the space, designed by Candice Olson.

Photo By: Designer, Candice Olson

Rustic Kitchen With Personality

Mosaic tiles, carved wood and an ornate chandelier are stylish elements of this rustic kitchen. The playful ceramics give the space its own personality, while the elaborate chandelier adds a touch of elegance. Design by Lori Dennis

Cozy English Country Kitchen

This space was created with English country flair and a rustic feel. Vintage and new pieces were combined throughout the space to further enhance the look. By mixing and matching patterned pillows, the designer created a homey and stylish space. Design by Camilla Forte

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.

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