Easy Cabinet Updates

Try these easy ways to update your cabinets with paint, molding, inserts, and new hardware. These tricks work in the bathroom, too!

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A black radiator cover used as cupboard door
Sheet Metal Shimmer

    If you're looking to give your kitchen cabinets an affordable, DIY update, door embellishments, inserts and more are the way to go.

    Here, patterned sheet metal like this radiator cover gives a fresh yet vintage vibe to a cabinet door.

Cute Cutouts

    Wooden appliques (available at home centers and lumberyards) can be easily painted and attached to cabinet doors with wood glue. These simple embellishments, along with a little paint, can add cottage style to your kitchen.

Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets

    A bamboo table runner gives cabinets an organic look.

Chalk-It-Up Kitchen Cabinets

    Remember your shopping list by writing it right on the cupboard. Chalkboard paint and painter's tape make the process simple.

Personal Touch

    A monogram sticker against contrasting background paint adds a bold and personal touch to doors. Add a crystal knob for extra-elegant panache.

Stencil Chic Cabinets

    Stencils come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to customize cabinet doors to go with the rest of your decor. Give your cabinets a coat of fresh white paint, then add a burst of color with a stenciled design.

Lovely Lattice

    Use electrical tape and bright paint to create a design that really pops.

Cork Creativity

    Applying cork to a door face is a good way to hide even major imperfections. Plus you'll have a handy place for notes, lists, and recipes.

Tin Touch

    The intricate designs of tin ceiling tiles make them great accents for cabinets, especially when painted.

Tiled Treasure

    Use the same time as you would for a backsplash on your kitchen cabinets. A fun dot pattern like this is a great accent at eye level.

    Speed the tiling process by using premixed mastic and grout. Try Elmer's grout sold in a tube, which spreads like glue.

Bird Watcher

    Give your kitchen a whimsical feel with the bird transfer and twig handle. Evenly spaced drill holes create the bird's outline. For kitchens or bathrooms, use two coats of gloss paint because it resists moisture and is easy to clean. For flat or eggshell finish, apply varnish or a clear coat over the paint for more durability.

Refined Reeds

    Stalks of prairie grass inspired this Asian-contemporary door. Sandwich reeds between the cabinet door and acrylic glass. Finish with a simple handle.

Dutch Treat

    Get inspiration from your china cabinet. Pick a fabric that mirrors the pattern and create an inset for your cabinet doors.

    Switch out the fabric panels to go with the season, new kitchen accents, or your changing mood.

Organic Elegance

    Turn your kitchen into an art gallery with these stained-glass inserts. Cut a shape in the cabinet door using a jigsaw and mount a piece of stained glass behind the opening for a modern look.

Photo Finish

    Turn your kitchen into a photo album by displaying your favorite photos. Affix a picture frame to the door, add a photo, and finish with a new knob. Find project tips and instructions by clicking the link below.

Traditional Trim

    Give your cabinets a traditional twist by adding wood molding blocks and wood trim.

Call of Nature

    Add texture to your kitchen cabinets with fabric. Use a jigsaw to cut out the door center, then use a router to create a little ledge to hold the fabric.


    Turn a boring door into a modern masterpiece by adding strips of thin molding.

Word Play

    Your recipes are always at your fingertips with this fun and functional makeover. Decoupage recipes to the front of the cabinet doors.

Woven Wonder

    Bring nature into your kitchen with this wood-and-metal cabinet redo. Weave strips of wood over and under metal rods to create this design. Find project tips and instructions by clicking the link below.

Glass Act

    Once you've removed the center panel, order glass from a glass shop, choosing from clear, frosted, seeded, or ribbed glass for a unique look. Find project tips and instructions by clicking on the link below.

Molding Metamorphosis

    Molding applied to any plain door can make the difference between boring and beautiful.

Beaded-Board Basics

    Add a country flavor to your kitchen with this technique. Beaded-board panels are inset in the cutout center section of the door. Paint, stain, or glazes give the door any color or look you prefer.

Parisian Flair

    Give your kitchen an international touch with your cuisine -- and also with your cabinet doors. Cut the design out of a 1/8-inch-thick board, then paint and attach to the door. Find project tips and instructions by clicking the link below.

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