How to Update Kitchen Cabinets: 10 Pro Tips to Remodel Your Kitchen

Homeowners spend billions of dollars updating and upgrading their homes each year. If you want to make your kitchen look its best, you might be considering updating your kitchen cabinets or other parts of your kitchen.

Learning how to update kitchen cabinets can make a major impact on the way that your kitchen looks. We understand it can be challenging to come up with ideas on your own and we are going to help you. For those of you whose cabinetry is beyond updating, some of these tips may not apply. This ones for you then! Look into using RTA cabinets for your new kitchen. Typically you can save a good amount of money, and receive free design help in the process.

Continue reading this article as we show you the best ways to update your kitchen cabinets for a fresh new look.

1. Add Height to Your Cabinets

Do your cabinets only go part of the way up the wall and there are is still plenty of space at the top?

Think about how much dust collects up there. You likely also have a bunch of clutter on the top of your cabinets and you aren’t sure what is up there.

Getting rid of this unused or underused space is a great way to update your cabinets. You can close off the area above your cabinet for a fresh new look.

You can even take the top out of your current cabinets and add on more shelves.

2. Put Molding or Trim on the Doors

Adding molding or trim on the cabinet doors is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen. If your cabinets are very thin, you can use a strong adhesive but the cabinets are thick enough, you can use thin nails to secure the molding or trim.

Make sure the trim or molding matches the rest of the cabinet by either painting it or staining it before you put it on the cabinet.

3. Use Chalk Paint

If you want to update your kitchen quickly, chalk paint is the best idea. Using chalk paint is easy because you usually only need one coat of paint and it is easy to clean.

Keep in mind that you are going to need to use a sealant over the chalk paint but you shouldn’t use wax. Wax is difficult to clean and shouldn’t be used in kitchens because of the likelihood of big messes.

Make sure you know how to avoid cabinet painting mistakes before you get started.

4. Change Out Hardware

If your hardware is old and outdated, it is going to make your entire kitchen look tired.

Some kitchens don’t have any hardware at all and adding hardware can make a big difference in the look of the room.

Finding a pack of hardware that is going to fit your taste shouldn’t be difficult since you can easily find these at almost any hardware store.

5. Add Beadboard

Adding beadboard is a simple way to update your cabinet. You can look at Pinterest and other creative sites to get ideas of how to use beadboard on your cabinets.

6. Use Lighting Under the Cabinet

Adding lighting under your cabinet can make your space look bigger without having to break out any walls.

Not only does under cabinet lighting make a big difference in how your space looks but it also makes it easier for you to function in your kitchen. Instead of having to turn on a big light to see what you’re doing, you can use your under cabinet lighting as you’re making coffee or preparing breakfast.

7. Add Feet to Your Cabinets

You can really make your bottom cabinets stand out by adding stylish feet to them. You can look at the home improvement store in the molding section and find the style of feet that you need for your cabinet.

8. Remove Cabinet Doors

If you keep the inside of your cabinets tidy, you can remove your cabinet doors and make it easier for you to reach what you need and it looks cool as well.

When you feel like your kitchen is closed off and it looks too small, removing cabinet doors can be a good way to make your kitchen look open and airy. The cabinets without doors should hold items that you use frequently and anything you don’t use often put it in cabinets with doors.

9. Put Glass Inserts in the Doors

When you reface your cabinets, you are saving a lot of money since you won’t have to totally replace the cabinet to update your kitchen.

Refacing your cabinets isn’t very difficult, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on labor because you can do it yourself over the weekend.

You don’t only have to use clear glass if you want to give a little color to your kitchen. You can use colored, patterned or other types of glass to give your own personality to your kitchen.

10. Add Lid Storage

Do you want a functional upgrade for your kitchen cabinets? Add lid storage to the back of your cabinet doors and you’ll be able to have a much more orderly storage space.

All you need is a minimalist rack and you’ll be able to easily put your lids on the back of the cabinet.

How to Update Kitchen Cabinets – Now You Know

Now you know how to update kitchen cabinets and can make your kitchen look brand new. Even if you didn’t do any of the other than changing your cabinets, updating your cabinets can make your kitchen look like a whole new place. Remember it has to match everything in it, including your refrigerator.

Do you want to learn more about home improvement? Our site (or others like pianetacucina) is full of home improvement articles that can help you with your kitchen and beyond.

Browse our site, find your favorite articles, drop a bookmark and come back soon for more great reads.

About RJ Frometa

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  1. My sister asked me to help her remodel the kitchen, and I’ve been itching to restructure her kitchen cabinets since they filled so much space. I am looking into tips that can make space look bigger and I’m thankful for this article. The tips have been really informative especially the part where we can add lighting under the cabinets to make the area more spacious. I’ll shop for good kitchen cabinets to go first then proceed with the remodeling soon after.

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