Cabinet Refresh | About magazine

Are your closets starting to show their age? Do you want to bring your kitchen into this century … without the big investment of replacing all of the cabinets? Don’t worry, it can be done. Check out these inspirational suggestions for making old cabinets look modern.

Problems with old cabinets
Can these cabinets be saved? Let’s take a close look at what’s annoying you about your current cabinets.

Condition.Material. Two kitchen cabinet materials that shout “90s nostalgia!” are oak wood and cheap thermal film. While thermal film a few decades ago often had problems beyond the outdated style (e.g. peeling and delamination) and possibly requiring the replacement of the doors or the entire cabinet, oak usually stands the test of time. It just needs modern optimization.

Style. There was an era – not so long ago – when “more is more” was the predominant kitchen theme. Now the aesthetics are a lot easier. If your cabinets have intricate cathedral patterns or other outdated style characters, a change is overdue, not to mention easy manufacturing.

Update your closets
Update hardware. Inexpensive, Fast, and Chic: If your kitchen cabinets only have a mild case of blahs, swap out the hardware for a quick pickup. Brushed gold or black pulls and buttons are all the rage.

Easy DIY refinishing. There are many options for a quick do-it-yourself repair without the need for grinding. Opt for wax, gel stain, glaze, or chalk paint. This gives a casual, rural look. Or apply a stencil to the existing paint.

Paint or color. Painting or traditional staining of kitchen cabinets requires careful sanding and expert application. The payout? High quality, smooth results. Choosing new neutral colors (like sage green) or unexpected darker tones will bring your cabinets up to date.

Reface. If the door surfaces are scratched or worn, consider redesigning the cabinet. A veneer is applied to cover the existing doors. Ask a local carpenter if this is an option for you.

Replace doors. Replacing cabinet doors is a great idea when the doors are in a rough condition but the boxes are still solid. One example is cabinet doors with a heavily flaking wing. Design tip: replace some doors with glass to brighten up your kitchen and display valuable dishes.

Remove doors. For an airy look on open shelving, remove the doors completely, especially on the upper cabinets. This fits in well with today’s trend of minimizing the wall units.

Update your kitchen
How do you make old cabinets look modern? An indirect approach – updating other features – often works wonders without touching your cabinets.

Paint the room. Paint the kitchen walls (and ceiling while you’re at it!) Instead of cabinets. If you’re trying to downplay orange wooden cabinets, go for a color with subtle contrast, e.g. B. charcoal or lavender. Avoid cream, yellow, and – obviously – orange.

Add a backsplash. Similar to painting, a backsplash addition or replacement will distract the eye from less beautiful cabinets. Choose a clean, contemporary tile – walk, don’t walk, out of intricate tile mosaics! Terrazzo is making a comeback and can be wonderfully adapted to your case color.

Install the correct lighting. Redesign your kitchen lighting to show your cabinets in their best light. Work lighting is a must, and pendant lights are both practical and pretty.

Other tips
• Before making any upgrades, make sure these cabinets are squeaky clean. Scrub off each piece of grease with TSP.

• Coordinate your new closet look with existing appliances and furniture as well as all woodwork that share the same space (especially in an open kitchen / living / dining area).

• To update the cabinet style, add strips of plywood or MDF to create “shaker” doors on a budget. Or fill in an outdated engraved design with putty. Then cover your handicraft with paint.

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