When it comes to fixing up old cabinets, I like to see the
full! If you have new wood cabinets (even if they are
you probably do not want to touch them, nor will your spouse let
However, if your cabinets are old and unattractive, this is an
for you to make them special, give them character, and add your
touch to your home.
There are so many ways you can fix up old cabinets. You
the money to have the doors resurfaced, but that is
end up with the same thing everyone else has.
Think paint! Begin by choosing a color scheme.
Remember light orientation--http://www.AllThingsFrugal.com/light.htm.
White cabinets are wonderful for brightening up dark rooms, but
overly bright in a room in a warm climate with a western
When you think of color, remember no color stands alone.
want at least one other color for accent. If doesn't have to be
the paint job, but it will be used several times in the
you can use color from an adjacent room you will blend the two
it will look very professional.
After you settle on your colors, look at the shapes of your
Before you begin painting, you can change things. Here are some
Take the doors off one of your cupboards and display
items on the open shelving. If you like, replace the wood
with glass. Some of the things that look good displayed in
shelf are cookbooks, canned goods, "Make a Mix" items stored in
containers, cookie jars, clear storage containers with colored
You can also buy or build something to store your dinner
You've seen them in expensive kitchens--dishes standing up on end
dividers. Go to Home Depot, see how it's done, and copy it,
it to your skill and price point.
Next think about removing some of the wood in a couple cabinet
and replacing it with glass. Most doors can be cut
2-3 inches around the perimeter, which you can then replace with
If you don't want people to be able to see into your cupboards,
small drapery pole on the inside and sheer some fabric inside the
This will add elegance, color and personality to your kitchen.
same fabric elsewhere in the room if you like that look, or just
fabrics. Small checks and prints look great. Remember when
the fabric to scrunch it up so you will see how it will look
Other possibilities for the glass--you can etch it, or use
and leading. You can even forget the glass and use chicken wire.
There are many different paint finishes you can use, in
adding designs by stenciling and decoupage.
Be sure and choose your paint carefully. Talk to a paint
about your options. It may not take a lot of money, but it is
take some work, and you want to do it right. Also, don't forget
the inside of the cabinets for a
fresh, clean finish. Remember the importance of details.
hardware that goes with the style you have chosen. It may
biggest expenses, but well worth it.
Take the time, and do it right, and you will have something
yours that you will be proud of and enjoy for many years, and an
should you decide to sell your home.
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