Easy Ways to Update Old Kitchen Cabinets

Give Outdated Cabinetry a Completely New Look

Take a long look at your kitchen cabinets. Are they in need of a facelift? If kitchen cabinets are a blast from the past or a little worse for wear after decades of use, bring them into the present with a few easy updates. It is possible to give outdated cabinetry a completely new look without hiring a professional and without spending a small fortune in the process. Here you will discover many easy ways to update old kitchen cabinets with a creative and stylish touch.


Paint or Refinish Doors

The condition of kitchen cabinet doors affects the overall look of cabinetry, and their appearance can make or break the appearance and style of the kitchen. The rest of the kitchen can be stylish and well organized, but if the kitchen cabinet doors are worn or dated, the entire kitchen will appear defunct and out of style.

Begin by removing cabinet hardware and doors, and give the surface a light sanding and a fresh coat of paint according to product label instructions. If the cabinets were never painted and are in otherwise good condition, strip the wood and lightly sand it along the grain. Match the stain color of the cabinet frames as closely as possible and apply as directed. A fresh coat of paint or stain will help make old cabinets look as impressive as they did when they were newly installed, even if they are decades old.

Add Wood Relief Carvings for a Rich New Look

Kitchen cabinets with wood relief carvings can be quite expensive, but it is not necessary to purchase custom cabinetry with carved designs to achieve a rich new look. Visit your local craft supply retailer or woodworking store for unfinished wood relief carvings of various sizes and styles. They can be stained or painted to match the doors, and they are easy to apply with wood glue. Wood relief carvings are very affordable, and they add a considerable amount of style and class to plain kitchen cabinets. Carved wood designs can transform the most inexpensive kitchen cabinets into impressively rich and stylish works of custom cabinetry.

Apply Decorative Banding for Unique and Stylish Appeal

The addition of decorative wood banding is also an easy way to stylishly update kitchen cabinets. Woodworking stores offer dozens of widths, styles, and colors, and they are made from a variety of exotic types of wood. The strips of wood are incredibly thin and easy to cut, and they can be used to outline cabinet doors for a unique and completely new appearance. The addition of decorative wood banding is one of the easiest ways to add color and unique style, and it is much more affordable than many people realize.

Replace Old Dated Pulls and Knobs with Stylish New Hardware

Kitchen cabinet knobs date cabinetry, and if knobs are decades old it will show. Update kitchen cabinets with the addition of new and stylish pulls and knobs. Kitchen cabinet knobs are not inexpensive, but adding new knobs is by far the fastest and easiest way to update cabinetry. Cabinet knobs are available in countless styles, and you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for to update old cabinets for a completely new and stylish look.

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