When it comes to fixing up old cabinets, I like to see the glass
half full. If you have new wood cabinets (even if they are economy grade) you
probably do not want to touch them- nor will your spouse let you. However, if
your cabinets are old and unattractive, this is an opportunity for you to make
them special, give them character, and add your personal touch to your home.
There are so many ways you can fix up old cabinets. You can
spend the money to have the doors resurfaced, but that is expensive, and you end
up with the same thing everyone else has.
Think paint! Begin by choosing a color scheme. Remember light
Light Orientation and
cabinets are wonderful for brightening up dark rooms, but could be overly bright
in a room in a warm climate with a western exposure.
When you think of color, remember no color stands alone. You
will want at least one other color for accent. If doesn't have to be part of the
paint job, but it will be used several times in the room. If you can use color
from an adjacent room you will blend the two rooms and it will look very
After you settle on your colors, look at the shapes of
your cabinets. Before you begin painting, you can change things. Here are some
- Take the doors off one of your cupboards and display some of
your decorative items on the open shelving. If you like, replace the wood
shelving with glass. Some of the things that look good displayed in a
kitchen shelf are cookbooks, canned goods, "Make a Mix" items stored in
decorative containers, cookie jars, clear storage containers with colored
pasta, spices, etc.
- You can also buy or build something to store your dinner
plates upright. You've seen them in expensive kitchens- dishes standing up
on end between dividers. Go to Home Depot, see how it's done, and copy it-
adapting it to your skill and price point.
- Next think about removing some of the wood in a couple
cabinet doors and replacing it with glass. Most doors can be cut away,
leaving 2-3 inches around the perimeter, which you can then replace with
glass. If you don't want people to be able to see into your cupboards, place
a small drapery pole on the inside and sheer some fabric inside the door.
This will add elegance, color and personality to your
kitchen. Use the same fabric elsewhere in the room if you like that look, or
just blend fabrics. Small checks and prints look great. Remember when buying
the fabric to scrunch it up so you will see how it will look shirred.
- Other possibilities for the glass- you can etch it, or use
gallery glass and leading. You can even forget the glass and use chicken
- There are many different paint finishes you can use, in
addition to adding designs by stenciling and decoupage.
Be sure and choose your paint carefully. Talk to a paint
professional about your options. It may not take a lot of money, but it is going
to take some work, and you want to do it right. Also, don't forget to paint the
inside of the cabinets for a fresh, clean finish. Remember the importance of
details. Choose new hardware that goes with the style you have chosen. It may be
your biggest expenses, but well worth it.