According to This Old House Magazine, this year more than 7.5 million homeowners will renovate their kitchens. The nerve center of most homes is the kitchen, so kitchen cabinets are always seen and used. New cabinets and new looks transform your kitchen and take it from dated to dashing. Here are five fun things you didn’t know you could do with your cabinets—and how to do them:
Your cabinets can have exciting second lives if you reconfigure and repurpose them. There’s no law that says your cabinets all have to have doors and shelves. You can take a cabinet space and turn it into something new: lazy susan storage in a corner spot, customized spice racks in another space, and even sliding doors to contain recycling and trash receptacles.
Especially if you are someone who cooks a lot, customized cabinets are a must. Beautiful built-in storage areas can be closed in or open, displaying china, crystal, and wine. Modern cabinets can be customized for your needs; full extension roll-out shelves and large drawers inside cabinets save you space and time. You can also use these larger pull-out sections for recycling bins.
You can completely change the look of your cabinets and create a cozy, traditional feel by refacing them with bead board. Bead board is durable and resistant to mold. It comes in many patterns, making it easy to get the look you want. It is also very cost-effective and attractive; many “vintage” or “retro” look kitchens have bead board cabinets. And you can paint them easily if you want to change their looks again.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to give a whole new look to your kitchen is painting your cabinets. A new coat of paint can transform the entire room. Use bright primary colors for a sharp modern look. Choose lighter pastels for a period look in 1950s and 1960s homes. And try a textured, colorful paint for an artistic feel. Many custom cabinet stores will carry hundreds of paint and finish choices to look at if you can’t make up your mind, and remember you can mix it up even more with new handles or pulls.
Even if you can’t replace your cabinets entirely, if you want a serious change try the modern, sleek, sharp look of metal cabinets by refacing with stainless steel. Stainless is beautiful, and in sync with modern kitchen appliances. It is durable and easy to clean, and much more sanitary overall than wood. Stainless steel cabinets are easy to clean without harsh chemicals, non-toxic, and recyclable, making them very environmentally friendly. You can achieve this look on a budget by covering your existing particleboard or wood cabinets with metal drawer and door pieces. For a real eye-catching look, pair stainless with copper or bronze hardware, glass inserts, or colored accents.
The Bottom Line
It feels great to give your whole kitchen a facelift, and you don’t need to tear out all of your cabinets to do it. Use one of these five fun fixes for cabinets to give your home’s nerve center a fresh new feel.