Expert Tips For Updating the Look of Your Kitchen Cabinets

Coffee cup metal wall art, pretty dinnerware and accessories for the countertop impart style to the kitchen, but if your cabinets are outdated, your kitchen will look dull and lifeless. The good news is that you can bring your kitchen cabinets into the current century with a few do-it-yourself upgrades that are very affordable and easy to do. By focusing on the appearance of cabinet doors your kitchen can look stylish and fresh once again.

A New Look with Paint

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your cabinets is far simpler than refinishing and stripping them. Take off the cabinet hardware and doors and place the doors on flat work surface. If you are going to replace the hardware with new hardware that has a different hole configuration, fill and sand the holes and lightly sand the doors. Wipe them down and apply latex primer; allow them to dry and then add a coat of latex paint, use the same method on the bases of the cabinets.

When choosing colors, neutral and light colors will lend your kitchen a brighter look. Colored cabinets are all the rage in new cabinetry, from earthy browns and greens to buttery yellow. You can find great ideas for kitchen cabinets by browsing a kitchen store.

Glass Alternatives

While you're in the kitchen shop, you'll undoubtedly notice glass fronted cabinets with a hefty price tag. It is easy to change out the wood panel fronts with glass in your existing cabinets. Visit a glass store and look at the variety of options, from plain glass to textured or ribbed. Measure the panels and buy replacements in the same dimensions. Working on a flat surface, remove the wood panels by gently tapping with a rubber mallet and chisel and replace the panels with the glass, using glazier's points and glass putty to secure the glass fronts.

Get a Rich New Look with Wood Relief Carvings and Decorative Banding

A woodworking store is your source for wood embellishments if you'd like to bring the depth and intricacy of wood to your cabinet fronts. You'll find wood carvings in styles and sizes to fit any taste and they can be stained or painted to match the door fronts.

Another option is thin decorative wooden banding for trimming out cabinets of any variety from exotic to oak. A wide choice of widths, styles and colors are on the market and they can be glued on the outline of drawers and doors to totally modify their visual appeal.

The Finishing Touch: Stylish New Hardware

No matter how you choose to update your cabinets, complete and accessorize the look with stylish new hardware. From sleek chromes and brushed metals, to vintage or modern glass, wrought iron, stone or ceramic, you'll find just the perfect knobs and pulls to give your cabinets a totally new personality, whether you're into hip and urban, classically traditional or whimsically thematic. Or maybe you'd prefer handles shaped like musical notes to coordinate with the musical wall decor that sets the theme for your kitchen.

Article provided by Elizabeth Carter who writes for, a site featuring wall art and decor as well as music wall art.

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