Give your dingy cabinet doors a fresh new look with any of these simple ideas. Whether you have a spacious kitchen, a tiny bathroom, or a tired set of laundry room cabinets, you can give them a complete makeover in no time flat. Working on a tight budget? No problem! You can update cabinet doors with any of these affordable options.
Paint over them – If you’ve purchased a pre-owned home that has dated laminate cabinets, give them a fresh coat of paint for an unbelievable transformation. Not sure how to start? Check out this article on how to paint over laminate cabinets. You’ll get step-by-step advice and a complete material list needed to finish the job.
Etch glass doors – Makeover kitchen cabinet doors by etching them. There is a very simple and inexpensive method of etching over glass, which requires no previous experience in glass etching. Read this article on how to etch glass doors for complete directions and material list.
Stencil the doors – Unleash your creative side and add unique stenciling to cabinet door fronts. Select one simple design or letter to give a professional look. Not keen on stenciling? Try applying reusable appliques instead.
Tile the doors – Use decorative tiles to spruce up cabinet doors. Arrange the tile into an attractive pattern, affix them to the door with an industrial adhesive, and then grout the tile in. Mosaic tiles are also an attractive way to add an amazing space of color to a room.
Add molding to the doors – Add a touch of class to door fronts by trimming them out with molding. Trim molding can is available in various lengths and widths, and can be plain and simple or intricate in design. They can be stained or painted to match any home décor, and are easy to install.
Wallpaper doors – Add color and pattern to your cabinet doors by covering them with wallpaper. Be sure to select one with a durable coating that will resist grease or food splatter.
Mirror the doors – Give the illusion of a larger space by adding mirrors to the front of cabinet doors. There are various ways to go about doing this. Measure the front of the door and find a mirror of almost identical size. Or consider using smaller mirrors and stagger them vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, to create a trendy design.
Replace broken doors – If you have damaged, chipped, or cracked base cabinet doors, remove them entirely and cover them with pretty paneled curtains. This is an especially nice idea if you have a casual kitchen. Checkered printed fabrics, or natural fibered materials work well to conceal dirt, and blend with virtually any décor theme.
Replace the hardware – New cabinet hardware is very inexpensive, but will make even the dingiest cabinets look new. If you already have hardware in place, remove one drawer pull and/or knob and take it with you to the store to ensure a perfect match.
Replace the hinges – Don’t forget to purchase coordinating hinges to go with the new hardware! When paired together, you’ll be amazed at how these two alterations will spruce up cabinet doors.
* This article was previously published by this author on Examiner.
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