Updating kitchen cabinet doors

08 Jun

If you love your kitchen cabinets, but want to add some interest to the space for very little money and time, consider changing the color of your island.

This has been a popular design element for years and is showing no signs of changing anytime soon.

Paint it, stain it a darker color or clad it in beadboard.

You could even put corbels under the breakfast bar for added dimension and inexpensive customization.

If your kitchen is looking a bit tired, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give it a fresh new look.

All it takes is a little time, effort and creativity to pep up the heart of your home.

But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than (that’s a knob! To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades; 2-hole with 2-hole. Nothing updates old cabinets as quickly as fresh coat of paint.

Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective — a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — but the process is time-intensive.

Note that cabinet hardware can get very fancy and expensive — costing and up for a single ornate knob.

Give instant visual interest to your kitchen by mixing and matching multiple materials and textures.

In this kitchen, cream-colored custom kitchen cabinets lighten the space and add contrast to the steel stove. To indulge the splurge on marble countertops, these homeowners saved elsewhere by keeping the original room layout and plumbing as is.

Cabinets arguably take up the most real estate in your kitchen.

So if they’re sad, the whole kitchen looks a bit depressed.