Kitchen Cabinet Overhaul

Quickie Kitchen Cabinet Overhaul on the Cheap


It’s not always financially feasible to go for a full kitchen overhaul whenever the mood strikes. In fact, staying within a budget is one of the most difficult things to do when remodelling or improving your kitchen.

Kitchen cabinets are the most noticeable of all changes that can be made in a kitchen. They also happen to be the most expensive item, in the average kitchen, to replace. However, there is one project that will have a huge impact on the overall look of your kitchen and you can do it for a fraction of the cost of new kitchen cabinets. Here is a little food for thought as to how you can save big while getting the new look you crave for your kitchen.

Keep the Carcass in Place


Most people barely notice the actual carcass of your kitchen cabinets. Unless your kitchen is simply intolerable when it comes to cabinet space, it’s often in your favour, financially, to keep the bases of cabinets the same anyway. So don’t change the bones of your kitchen. Leave them in place, but be prepared to invest a little elbow grease in your efforts to give these bones a bit of a face lift.

Remove all the Doors and Drawers


This will take a little time but it will be worth the effort. Take them off and then remove all the hardware. Believe it or not, hardware, the door and drawer pulls and hinges, have a great deal of aesthetic value but aren’t overly expensive—especially when compared to the prices of new cabinets—to replace. You’ll want to replace all of them in a look that works with the atmosphere you’re trying to replace in the kitchen. But don’t put them back on the doors, drawers, and cabinets just yet.

Paint or Refinish the Doors


Some people feel that it’s something akin to sacrilege to paint perfectly good wood. That doesn’t mean you can’t stain it in a lighter or darker shade than the cabinet bases and carcasses. The goal is to have a notable difference between the door and the body of the cabinets. You might also want to consider getting rid of wood insets in the doors and replacing them with clear or frosted glass for a huge change in the look of your cabinets.

It’s easy to spend a lot of money and time on a kitchen renovation. If you make these simple changes with your kitchen cabinets you can have a new kitchen for a fraction of the costs. It doesn’t get much better than this and you will have avoided unnecessarily filling a landfill with your old cabinets.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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