It is amazing how quickly kitchen cabinetry get outdated. The wood, stain color, or even style of the doors can look old and dated in as little as seven to ten years. For example, seven years ago it was in vogue to have white coated or light or naturally stained hardwood cabinets in the kitchen. Today, dark is in. Espresso with stainless steel hardware is the fashion. Do you want to make over your kitchen without having to replace all of your cabinets? There are several options, depending on your budget, that can have a huge impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen.
The first, and most expensive, yet very attractive option is to reface the existing cabinets. With this option, a professional comes in and gives you color and door style choices. They will replace all of the cabinet doors, leaving the existing cupboards. They then reface the cupboards to match the new doors. We just had some friends do this, and they selected dark stained cabinet doors and cabinets to match. They look lovely and are a huge improvement over the 15 year old oak cabinets that really dated the kitchen. The second, less expensive option, is to simply paint cabinets and doors. They can be painted in the same color or in contrasting shades. For example, top cabinets could be done in white, while bottom cabinets could be painted cobalt blue. I would recommend Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint or Sherwin Williams Duration in a semi-gloss. Both are very durable and scrubbable and resist nicks and scratches. I know some people may be hesitant to paint for fear proper adhesion or peeling paint down the road. I painted my bathroom cabinets about 6 months ago, after being persuaded by a friend to go for it. I was worried, but with a little light sanding (you could even use liquid sandpaper) the surface was prepped, and I haven’t had any problems with the durability of the paint. I personally love the Sherwin Williams and would go with nothing else. Valspar has peeled on me in the past.
A couple of other quick fixes that go a long way in updating kitchen cabinetry are crown molding and new hardware. It is affordable and can make a dramatic difference. Another quick fix is to attach beadboard to the fronts of cabinets. You can apply panels to the fronts and leave a 3 inch border around all sides using contact cement. You can then paint the whole cabinet door and affix new hardware.
Sarah is the modern day renaissance woman. Living and teaching in Japan and also a fluency in Spanish, Sarah has been exposed to cultures across the globe. She has a degree in Marketing, but most of all, Sarah is a mom to a growing family and uses the kitchen as the central hub of gatherings with family and friends.
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