Kitchens get old after a while. Or maybe your house came with a kitchen that never looked good. It’s not your fault.
And as much as you’d like to remodel your kitchen, maybe you don’t have $55,000 to pay professional remodelers. But does that mean you’re stuck having an ugly, unimpressive kitchen?
Not at all! Beleive it or not, there are easier and way, way cheaper methods of making your kitchen look brand new. And we have 10 of them listed below, right here in this guide.
By modifying your cabinets in simple ways you can do yourself, you’ll give your kitchen a fresh, remodeled look. Look below to learn 10 easy, DIY kitchen cabinet ideas that will breathe new life back into your kitchen.
1. Paint It White
The easiest way to make an old kitchen look new is to paint it. And nothing looks newer than white.
Painting the walls and cabinets white with white countertops makes your kitchen look clean and new and bright. Plus, it’s the easiest color to find matching touch-up paint for.
But it’s best in kitchens that have a variety of textures and soft or indirect lighting. Otherwise, an all-white kitchen may be too bright or too boring.
2. Add Some Contrast
If you have plenty of natural light in your kitchen, keep the rest of your kitchen white and paint the cabinets dark. Use black or dark grey, even navy blue for the cabinets with white walls and counters.
This sharp contrast gives your kitchen a sophisticated look that really pops. It looks clean, modern, intellectual and attention-grabbing, like a fancy black-and-white chess set.
You can even experiment with painting cabinet doors a different color than the cabinets.
3. Neutral Cabinets
The above color schemes don’t work for every kitchen. Some kitchens aren’t lit well enough for dark cabinets and, if painted white, look like a hospital.
If neither of these extremes works for your kitchen, make the most of neutral colors. Use a light neutral on your walls and counters and a darker shade of grey or tan on your cabinets.
It still pops like the white-with-dark scheme and remains bright enough for dimly-lit kitchens. Plus, you can experiment with all sorts of different neutral combinations to find which works best for your kitchen.
4. New Handles
You’ll be amazed at how new your kitchen will look with only some new cabinet doorknobs. Replace your old, boring cabinet knobs with some nice, decorative knobs.
It’s another very cheap and easy way to make your kitchen look better. Also, it takes less than an hour to replace the knobs. If you need your kitchen to look nicer in a hurry, just replace the knobs.
5. Add More Shelves Or Cabinets
Decorative standing shelves are a creative way to add storage space. If you have lots of floor space, add some standing shelves or even a kitchen island.
Or if you have empty walls, add some wall shelves. You can also use them to display decorations or an indoor herb garden.
But be careful to measure first. Your new shelves may impose on your kitchen’s walking space. The last thing you want in your kitchen is a face-level shelf that knocks out your guests.
Alternatively, if you have more cabinet space than you need, simply remove some of the cabinet doors. And voila! Your cabinet is now a shelf to display decorations or cookbooks.
6. Add Metal
Along with metal knobs, there are also lots of other ways you can use metal in your kitchen. Chrome, bronze and rose gold look great in the kitchen. Match your new, metallic cabinet doorknobs with these other metalworks.
For more storage space, you can add metal bar-frame shelves. You can choose moveable metal shelving structures or you install them in your kitchen permanently. You can also add hanging metal structures to hang pots and pans.
Install matching metallic countertops and metallic sink. Or add metal frames around the cabinet doors.
7. New Cabinet Doors
Simply replacing your cabinet doors can really give your kitchen a new face. And it’s really easy.
If you can use a screwdriver, you can make your old kitchen look new with decoratively carved cabinet doors. Give your old cabinets a facelift with grooved or patterned cabinet doors.
On the other hand, there are also several reasons to get new cabinets and use your old cabinet doors. We’ve covered those reasons here.
8. Glass Doors
Likewise, you can easily crank up the fanciness factor of your kitchen with glass doors. Simply buy and install glass doors to show off your gorgeous selection of dishes.
If your dishes and cabinet organization are not all that impressive, you can still appear elegant with certain glass cabinet doors. Disguise your hidden cabinet mess with patterned glass doors that are translucent but not fully transparent. They look great from the outside so you won’t have to deal with reorganizing the inside.
9. Mix and Match
Who says all your cabinets and drawers have to look the same? Mix it up a little with mixed-material cabinets.
Keep your wooden cabinets but add metal drawers or vice versa. Or add metal doors to your wooden cabinets. There are many combinations to try.
10. DIY Kitchen Refacing
A professional kitchen remodeling job certainly looks nice, but it also costs around $55,000, remember? On the other hand, DIY kitchen cabinet refacing looks like a full, professional kitchen remodel but costs nowhere near that price.
DIY refacing basically involves sanding down your cabinet surfaces and attaching veneer to the sides. Your cabinets then look brand new because all the visible surfaces actually are. It’s a great way to save tens of thousands of dollars on a professional kitchen remodel.
Learn more about DIY kitchen cabinet refacing here.
Time For a DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover
These DIY cabinet ideas will transform your kitchen and upscale your house from the inside. Isn’t it time to give your old kitchen a fresh new look? Use these DIY kitchen cabinet tips to make your kitchen awesome!
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