3 Unique And Budget-Friendly Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets

Tired of looking at those outdated, ugly kitchen cabinets? If so, then perhaps you've already researched the cost of having them replaced, only to find that the figure was way outside of your comfortable price range. Not to worry; you don't have to be destined to live with those cabinets forever. In fact, there are a few possible ways you can go about updating them for just a fraction of the cost of buying new ones. You won't even recognize them when you're done!

Strip and Re-Finish 

If you have wooden cabinets that have been painted or stained over, then a simple re-finishing job could make all the difference. Purchase a gallon or two of wood-stripper from your local home improvement store (more if there are several layers of paint on the cabinets) and follow the instructions. Then, simply wipe and scrape the old paint away until you've exposed the original wood. From there, you've got a blank canvas! You can sand the wood down and re-stain it a richer color or even prime and paint it a new color that suits your tastes.

Have Them Re-Faced

If DIY work isn't really your thing, consider having your existing cabinets professionally re-faced. This costs just a fraction of having new cabinets installed, but will give your kitchen a completely transformed look. Specifically, re-facing involves replacing the fronts of your cabinets, but leaving the framing as-is. You won't be able to add any new cabinet space this way, but this is an effective and budget-friendly way to update your kitchen and enjoy cabinets that look brand new without the high price.

Update the Hardware

Take a step back and look at your kitchen cabinets. Is it the cabinetry itself that you can't stand, or is it the hardware that really makes them look outdated? You might be surprised at what a difference it can make to install some new knobs and handles on your existing cabinets--especially if the current hardware is dated (hint: if it's gold or bronze, it's dated and probably from the 80s or 90s). Consider upgrading to something more modern and trendy, like brushed nickel or stainless steel hardware. The best part? All you'll need is a screwdriver and a few minutes of your time to make this update.

As you can see, updating your kitchen cabinets doesn't have to mean replacing them entirely or spending a fortune in the process! To learn more about kitchen cabinets, contact a business like a Gravelle Woodworking Limited.