Save thousands of dollars by using paint and new hardware to update your existing kitchen cabinets instead of buying new ones. These colorful, budget-friendly examples will help you get started.
Add drama to your kitchen by contrasting light-color cabinetry with a dark-stained cabinet. The glass front on the espresso cabinets keeps the section from feeling heavy and is a chic way to display glassware. The mix of cabinets complement the multicolor tile backsplash, giving the kitchen a dramatic, cohesive look.
Watch and learn the secrets to cabinet makeover success.
Swap out basic hardware for something with a little more style. Watch and see how it's done.
See how easy it is to add a beautiful stencil treatment to your cabinet doors.
Crown molding and picturesque arrangements make simple cabinetry look polished and elegant. Open shelving allows the mint green beaded-board paneling to show through, which carries on the kitchen's style and adds color to the black-and-white palette. Cabinets with mullioned doors frame the display.
Install a large plate rack to add a twist to traditional open shelving. This simple storage option is perfect for displaying china sets in a stylish and sophisticated way, while still making practical use of space. Arrange extra pieces of the tableware set, such as glasses or saucers, above the plate rack to complete the look.
Add extra space for food and drinks by installing refrigeration drawers near the main refrigerator. Chalkboard paint on the cabinet fronts adds a playful feel to the room and allows you to label the drawers or add your own personal accent to the space.
Follow our easy, step-by-step tutorial and give your tired kitchen cabinets a quick facelfit!
Open and glass-front cabinets create an airy look. For a clever spin on the style, paint the interiors of your cabinetry a bold hue. Here, chartreuse contrasts crisp white dishware and complements turquoise accessories sprinkled throughout the kitchen.
Go to the next slide to see how to convert cabinets to open shelves.
See how easy it is to convert existing cabinets to open shelves.
A cabinet door installed on the side of this pantry conceals a convenient message center. Enclosing the corkboard behind a cabinet door ensures everyday clutter doesn't disrupt the crisp, clean look of this all-white kitchen.
Watch how to turn your own cabinets into message boards.
Bring color and interest into your kitchen with scarlet cabinetry. The bold red hue on these cabinets adds interest to this otherwise neutral kitchen. Open shelving used above the countertop ensures that the striking cabinet color doesn't overwhelm the small space.
Give the inside of your cabinets a boost with clever storage solutions. Once a haphazard jumble of cleaning supplies, this undersink cabinet was refreshed with a simple slide-out drawer unit, which corrals cleaners, soaps, and sponges for an orderly storage solution. A large metal bucket also corrals cleaning necessities and can be picked up and carried throughout the house.
Cabinets work hard but need not be used for function only. With crisp white woodwork and stylish glass in the original doors, the top section of this wall set stores an abundance of dishes. A tasteful skirt puts a pretty face on nondisplay items on the shelves below.
Once-boring brown cabinets now offer modern style with several coats of gray paint over their dated facade. The doors were removed from the cabinets flanking the range, and the exterior was painted blue, which helps the kitchen feel more open and offers subtle contrast to the kitchen's gray-and-white color scheme.
A kitchen has an abundance of hard surfaces -- appliances, flooring, faucets, and light fixtures -- to name a few. To soften the look of your kitchen, refresh your cabinets with a few coats of a soothing paint color. An inviting powder blue does the trick on these cabinets. Light blue walls, white trim, and open shelving also boost the room's bright and airy look.
Love the look of glass-front cabinets but aren't so sure you want the contents of your cabinets totally visible? Try opaque or frosted glass instead, which gives off the same light look as transparent glass but conceals the contents.
For a kitchen with a vintage vibe, glue gingerbread appliques (available at home centers) on door panels. These affordable wood pieces come in many styles and are easy to adhere to cabinet doors using wood glue. Kick up the vintage look by applying a thin coat of burnt umber glaze to the doors and gingerbread. Wipe off while wet to get desired effect.
Two layers of paint transform plain wood cabinets: a red latex base coat coupled with a top coat of oil-base paint (black and raw umber), mixed with oil-base glazing liquid and paint thinner. Basket-style metal hardware suits the decorative paint finish.
This casual, gently distressed look is the perfect theme for a country kitchen. Open shelving allows ample storage and display space without being overtaken by clutter. Unconventional wooden bars serve as door handles while keeping with the cabinets' style.
Fresh white paint unifies cabinets that once combined wood-tone bases with upper cabinets sporting silvery metal door inserts. Doors and drawer fronts were professionally sprayed with lacquer; cabinet boxes were painted by the homeowners.