You hear the phrase “everything old is new again” tossed around quite a bit these days. Newer does not necessarily better. This is especially true when it comes to cabinetry, which has been suffering from declining quality for a variety of reasons.
The resurgence of interest in old things isn’t merely nostalgia. First of all, nostalgia suggests seeing the past through rose-colored glasses. Cabinetry and furniture really was made to a higher quality and standard.
Repurposing old cabinet doors is also environmentally friendly. Considering the EPA reports an average of 9.8 million tons of furniture waste each year, there’s a pressing need for high-quality sustainable furniture.
Combining old cabinet doors with newer cabinetry makes the best of both worlds. You can have the quality and style of exquisite hardwood without the guilt.
Continue reading to learn how to reuse cabinet doors in new, stimulating ways!
How To Reuse Old Cabinet Doors
The first consideration in mixing old cabinet doors with newer cabinetry is whether or not you’ll be replacing all of your cabinets or just some. If you’re combining customer cabinetry with your pre-existing decor, you’ll need to make sure they match. Or at least look good together.
One occasion where you might only replace a portion of your cabinetry is in case of water damage. Your top cabinets may be untouched, while your lower cabinets may be utterly demolished.
Getting replacement cabinets from the same series can be expensive. It can also be impossible, in case of older cabinetry and furniture. Mixing-and-matching old cabinet doors with your pre-existing cabinetry becomes essential, in that instance.
Match With Your Existing Cabinets
The New York Times shared some advice from New York realtor Frances Rickard on how to mix old cabinet doors with your existing decor. Rickard recommends finding cabinet doors that match your existing cabinets as closely as possible. Match the color as well as the shape to avoid a jumbled, unfocused interior design.
Should you not be able to find matching cabinets, you can always modify your current cabinets to fit in with your new decor. A simple paint job can tie your interior design together and make it all cohesive.
Don’t worry too much about discrepancies of color. Disparate color schemes can be tied together by updating your other kitchen fixtures. A new countertop or backsplash could be installed to create a cohesive aesthetic.
Update Your Hardware
Sometimes, older cabinetry can be revivified with a simple hardware update. Antique hardware is a simple way to bring some rustic charm into your kitchen. It’s also a way to blend newer cabinetry with older styles, in case you’re going in that direction.
Changing the hardware is a simple way to beautify your existing cabinets without spending a mint. Antique hardware can bring a shabby chic charm. Stainless steel and polished chrome fixtures can bring a modern Scandinavian interior design aesthetic to a room, even with archaic fixtures. It’s all in the details.
Dramatic structural updates are not the only way to give old cabinet doors a new lease on life. A paint job doesn’t need to be a basic sand-and-refinish job, either.
There are loads of beautiful DIY cabinet stencils on the market. They can range from the crafty to the utterly elegant.
When selecting stencils for your interior design, make sure to pick both styles and colors that will jive with your existing decor. Avoid mixing patterns, as this can create a messy, unfocused design aesthetic.
Reface Or Laminate
Paint is not the only way to resurface old cabinet doors. Refacing cabinet doors is also a good solution to avoid your kitchen being out of commission while you’re working on renovations, additionally.
Refacing or laminating your existing cabinet doors is one of the simplest ways to save money on a cabinet removal. Refinishing existing cabinets can save up to 50% on installing brand new cabinets.
When it comes time to decide if you should reface or replace, make sure the cabinets you’re renovating are worth the trouble. Older cabinetry is made of higher-quality wood and is likely worth restoring.
Furniture from the ’90s onward tends to be made out of lower-quality plywood and pressboard and is likely not worth renovating.
Home renovations always take a bit of work. It can seem like a chore unless you get excited about it. Then it will seem like an adventure or an opportunity to live in a beautiful, artful home.
HGTV is an endless font of interior design inspiration. Ranging from the fabulously upscale to down-and-dirty DIY, nearly anyone can find something inspirational on HGTV’s kitchen cabinetry section.
Hearing first-hand testimonials will give you a better idea of what your cabinet renovation project will entail. Like this detailed account of a renovation of an L.A. home from The Grit And Polish.
This designer likes to leave as many of the original fixtures as possible, so they went with a reface and restore approach. They also pay a stunning attention to detail with cabinet makers replicated the old cabinet doors. Then they hand-painted the cabinets to leave brush strokes in the finish.
Don’t neglect the usefulness of Pinterest, either. There are new and inspiring cabinet door projects being posted every single day. Create a vision board with some of your favorites and bring them with you when you’re shopping for old cabinet doors.
No Doors At All
One final way to give your current cabinets a new lease on life is to have no cabinet doors at all. Open-faced cabinets have been trending in recent years. They offer a sleek, minimalist design aesthetic while making it easy to access your dishware.
These are just a few of the ways to incorporate older cabinetry into your existing kitchen decor. Having fabulous cabinets does not need to cost an arm and a leg. You don’t have to be wealthy to live in splendor!
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