How old are your kitchen cabinets? If you’ve had them for a while, then there’s a chance that they’ve grown a bit outdated, visually speaking. If your cabinets are visually outdated, then your kitchen is visually outdated. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to replace your entire cabinet to give it a new look. The following are five kitchen cabinet ideas that will breathe new life into your outdated kitchen cabinets:
1. Replace the Cabinet Doors
If the cabinet doors are beginning to show their age, whether it’s because of the wear and tear that they’ve experienced over the years or because their style is simply outdated, then you can replace the doors while living the actual cabinets intact. In fact, you may simply want to replace the cabinet doors with new doors that better reflect the overall aesthetic of your kitchen.
When it comes to choosing new cabinet doors, you’re going to find that there are a lot of different options. You can choose traditional wood cabinet doors, doors with glass that allow you to see into the cabinets, doors with opaque glass (which adds a reflective surface but keeps what you have stored inside hidden from sight), intricately detailed wood doors, and more. What works for you depends on your unique style and sensibilities as well as what type of aesthetic your kitchen has in general.
2. Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
If there’s nothing wrong with the style of your kitchen cabinets other than the fact that the color has faded, has become outdated, or doesn’t match with other recent kitchen design choices, then you might want to just paint your cabinets. This is one of the easiest ways to give your kitchen cabinets a makeover.
Conestoga Wood carries their own line of paint called Prism Paints (developed with their partner, Sherwin-Williams) that boasts over 1,500 colors to choose from. Painting your cabinets a different color from the walls will help add visual depth. Just keep in mind that lighter colors will make your kitchen feel more spacious, while darker colors tend to make spaces feel smaller. This doesn’t mean dark colors won’t work, of course, especially if your kitchen is large and wide open. A darker color, in this case, can help add some weight to your visual design.
3. Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you like the way that your wood cabinets look but they are still showing signs of age, then you can bring their original luster back by refinishing them. Refinishing your cabinets is a good way to maintain the look of the wood while still adding a new sheen.
4. Add Interior Storage
Interior storage may affect the function of your cabinets more so than the look, but it’s still worth adding. Things like anti-slip drawer liner mats, pegboard drawer organizer systems, drawer base pull-outs, utensil pull-out storage, will make your kitchen items easier to access and organize, which means that they will look much less messy when you open your cabinets and drawers.
5. Upgrade or Remove Hardware
Believe it or not, but the hardware (handles and knobs) on your kitchen cabinets can have a big impact on the overall aesthetic. Upgrading to newer hardware can, therefore, have a huge effect on how your kitchen looks. One option to consider is to go without hardware. Depending on the style of cabinet doors you have, they can function without the need of knobs or handles.
These are five kitchen cabinet ideas you can use to upgrade your kitchen cabinets. For information about our Conestoga cabinets, contact us at Lifestyles Cabinetry and Millwork today.