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6 Ways to Transform Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Spending a Fortune


It’s the feature that people notice first when they enter your kitchen. The style of your cabinets sets the tone for the rest of the room. If you’re seeking a modern, clean feel, it’s only achievable with the right type of cabinets. That’s why people often spend a small fortune getting the kitchen cabinets that they desire, but if you don’t have the budget for a complete overhaul, there are some cost-efficient tricks to transform the look of your kitchen cabinets.

Paint your cabinets

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to update kitchen cabinets is to paint them. Many people are opting for light colors these days to give the appearance of a bigger and brighter space. Remove all the cabinet doors and clean and sand them before adding paint, and voila, a new kitchen is born! 

Install a new panel

If your cabinets have a removable panel, a quick way to add style is to switch those panels with something new and exciting. You can try fogged glass, colored glass, patterned glass or even chicken wire to give your kitchen a country feel. 

Update the hardware

This is a super quick and easy project that will freshen up the look of your cabinets. By switching old handles for silver or chrome ones, you will instantly give your kitchen cabinets a modern lift. Likewise, you can purchase a variety of antique knobs for a unique mix-and-match look.  

Install crown molding

Crown molding adds a certain elegance and sophistication. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen cabinets, contact the manufacturer of your cabinets to order matching crown molding. A good rule of thumb is to paint your cabinets before adding the crown molding to make sure that the colors match perfectly, since the original color of your cabinets may have faded since they were installed. 

Touch up your cabinets with veneer 

A great way to bring outdated cabinets into the 21st century is to refinish them with self-stick veneer. Choose a style of veneer that fits your vision, and purchase the material from any hardware store. You’ll need a free Saturday for this project, because it’s crucial that you take your time measuring and cutting the veneer to fit onto your kitchen cabinets correctly. Although this task is somewhat time-consuming, it is an inexpensive way to alter the look of kitchen cabinets to something modern and fresh.  

Install task lighting

Installing lights under your kitchen cabinets is a great way to add function and style. The additional lighting will be beneficial when you are chopping, dicing and creating culinary masterpieces, but it will also add a certain ambiance, especially if you install a dimmer. You can learn to install lighting fixtures or hire an electrician, or you can simply buy battery-operated, stick-on lights and place them underneath your cabinets for a lot less time and money.  

We’re here to help you achieve all your home improvement goals. Give us a call today if you’re looking for ways to make your home more stylish and attractive to potential buyers.

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