Looking around your kitchen, does it need an update? Something new and different to make it seem a little less dated? Remodeling old kitchen cabinets could be just the thing to give a tired kitchen a cleaner and more refreshing feel.
Remodeling Old Kitchen Cabinets
The possibilities are endless. Okay maybe not endless, but we were able to round up nine cabinet remodeling projects that you can tackle on your own without hiring a professional.
- Fresh Coat of Paint — For a cabinet refresh you can DIY, a new paint job could be just what your cabinets need. Upgrading your average old cabinets with a pop of color or a fresh, clean white coat can make your kitchen look brand new. Pull off a cabinet paint job like the pros.
- Pop of Color — If you’re not ready to commit to painting the whole set of cabinets a vibrant shade of green, you can start out a little smaller. Add fabric, paint or wallpaper to the inside of the cabinet. It will add a sense of whimsy to setting the table. And, if you want to get wild, you can remove the cabinet doors or install glass doors and bring that pop of color out of hiding.
- Stain Old Wood — Similar to a new coat of paint, a new stain can bring a real aura of sophistication to your kitchen, taking old and worn wood and giving it new life and shine. Learn how to stain your wood cabinets in four simple steps.
- New Wood or Laminate — If painting or staining won’t get the job done, you can still get the look of new cabinets without completely replacing your old kitchen cabinets. Install new wood or laminate veneer over existing cabinet fronts to capture that brand new look and feel.
- Add Trim — Flat kitchen cabinets? It’s well known in the world of interior design that texture is vital for a design’s success. A little trim on the cabinets adds a layer of intrigue to your kitchen’s design, a seemingly small detail that changes the whole look and feel of the cabinets. So go ahead, add some trim on those old kitchen cabinets.
- Crown Molding — Crown molding above your cabinets will make your kitchen look like a million bucks, without coming close to that price tag. It takes a bit more know-how than some of these other options, but adding molding is well worth the effort. Put a crown on your cabinets!
- Swap out the Doors — When it comes to kitchen cabinets, the doors are where it’s at. They can make or break the look. If you’re not loving yours, reface old kitchen cabinets with new doors. Everyone will think that you bought brand new cabinets.
- Light it Up — It’s possible that the only problem with your kitchen and cabinets is that no one can see your great design taste. Install under-cabinet lighting to bring in the light. Aside from bringing the design to light, under-cabinet lighting is a practical addition for cooking and working in the kitchen.
- Replace Old Cabinets — Sometimes, try as you might, there’s not much that can be done to save well worn and tired kitchen cabinets. When that’s the case, your only option may be to replace them. To save on the cost, you can install used cabinets from the local Habitat ReStore yourself.
Gathering Materials to DIY
Our ReStore has paint, stain, molding, trim, tools and whole cabinet sets for discounted prices. If you’re remodeling old kitchen cabinets on the cheap, check the ReStore for any supplies you’ll need for the project first. Your kitchen will look great, and you’ll be able to save some serious cash.
Now that you know how to make old kitchen cabinets look new, it’s time for a kitchen cabinets makeover. What are you waiting for? Get started on your next DIY project!