Four Ways To Breathe New Life Into Old Cabinets

Old or dated cabinets can give your kitchen a drab, even dreary look, but replacing all of the cabinets in your space can be a big undertaking. Instead, consider the different ways you can remodel existing cabinets in order to breathe new life into your kitchen's decor. Here are just some of the many options available to instantly update your cabinet line. 

Install Crown Molding And Trim

Crown molding and trim can give any room a more upscale, sophisticated look. A bit of molding at the top of your upper cabinets creates visual interest, drawing the eye up and creating the illusion of a grand space. Trim, such as wood cabinet feet and toe kicks, take the same concept to give the lower cabinet line a more refined look. You can also use other types of molding to give plain, smooth cabinets a textured, more detailed look. Work with your remodeling contractor to ensure the paint or wood finish matches the rest of the cabinets to create a built-in appearance. 

Create Open Cabinets

Open cabinets create a focal point in the kitchen while allowing easy access to dinnerware or barware. For this cabinet remodel, choose a section of cabinets in the center of the room, such as those above the sink or the cabinets on either side of the stove. Your contractor will remove the doors and finish the edges of the shelves to create a display-worthy look. You can also have fun with this idea by using wallpaper or paint on the back wall of the open cabinets. This adds striking contrast and a bit of extra color to the room. 

Whitewash Your Cabinets

Whitewashing your existing wood-stained cabinets can often give the kitchen a rustic country or antique vibe, depending on the approach. The lighter wash brightens the room and creates the illusion of a larger space, making this idea a perfect option for smaller kitchens. If you love the idea of a rustic country kitchen, pair whitewashing with adding a beadboard to cabinet fronts, which will create a quaint, cozy look for your space.

Install New Lighting

One challenge that dated kitchens often face is appearing dark and uninviting. If you don't want to replace all of your cabinets but want to brighten the space, consider having your contractor install in-cabinet and under-cabinet lighting. In-cabinet lighting is ideal for open shelves and cabinets or those with glass door panels. The extra light brightens the cabinet line and literally shines a light on your favorite pieces of china. Under-cabinet lighting can be installed in virtually any kitchen, and the extra illumination creates a brighter food prep area while giving your space an instant style update. 

For more information, contact a cabinetry remodel service near you.