Kitchens are one of the most traffic-heavy zones in the house, and nobody wants a shabby-looking kitchen. So, let’s make it dazzle!

While DIY building or renovation projects sound fun, they do take a lot of time, and you might not want to start from scratch. 

So, if you already have kitchen cabinets, you can start working on them immediately by adding to or modifying the existing design instead of replacing them altogether. For example, you can work with colours and change the shades. Then you can add new trims and mouldings to the existing cabinet. Lighting can be included to highlight certain sections.

In this guide, we will be giving you a number of tips and tricks that should help in creating your dream kitchen. Read on carefully and note down the things that interest you. Then you can proceed to design and move on to the implementation stage. 

9 Ways To Renovate Your Kitchen Cabinets 

White DIY Kitchen Cabinets

1. Barn Wood Doors

If you want to experiment with the cabinets as well as reuse old wooden pieces, you can reuse old barn wood doors. They can easily be cut in shape and remodelled to create beautiful cabinet doors. Not only that, but you can also keep the design intact to render a more country vibe. Pair them with cane accessories and lace rugs to complete the look. 

Plus, they can be transformed into attractive accent pieces if handled well with the right tools. You can even paint them in white or cream colours depending on the other colour tones in the kitchen. Bran wood doors will look really good with modern and mid-century designed furniture. 

2. Brass Fixtures

Brass was a very popular material in the 90s, but it got stripped out of kitchens after that because the trend died down. The new colours and materials that replaced it were stainless steel, nickel, and matte black. However, now may be the time to shift to brass again, as it is being used a lot in houses today. 

While at it, go for satin-finish for a more elegant look and also works well with modern furniture. Pair it up with cream or pastel-shaded furniture, and you can create a modern kitchen with a vintage touch. Brass fixtures will surely provide a warm and classy ambience, and you can add some house plants to complement the whole look. 

3. Two-Toned Colours

Using two colour tones for making kitchen cabinets will make your kitchen stand out. If you are looking to change the mood and ambience of the kitchen without much effort, just paint your cabinets two different colours, and that’s about it! 

We will suggest that you use darker shades for the bottom drawers below and light colours for the upper drawers and cabinets. Some people also prefer to opt for light and dark shades of brown for this purpose. 

Other than that, you can paint the cabinet doors with a certain colour and the trims with another. 

4. Using Wallpaper

Yes, wallpapers can be used with wood to create the desired effect on your cabinet doors without requiring you to spend hundreds of dollars. 

So, if you want vertical grooved boards, just get some wallpaper that has the same design. They can then be cut out and attached to the cabinet doors carefully. Match the wallpaper up with wooden trims, and you will have a beautiful cabinet front. For this, we will recommend going for white or cream colours to bring in a touch of elegance.

5. Cabinet Door Organisers

If the area under your sink is perpetually messy, or you use it as makeshift storage, then it is best to install under-sink cabinets. And you can add extra storage to the cabinet door by creating shelves on it. This will help in organising and finding everything that’s stored beneath without straining your back too much. 

Also, you can paint the wooden doors with colours that match other furniture and fixtures in the space or create contrasting decor.

For example, if you have dark-coloured walls, then opt for lighter shaded cabinet doors. And in the case of white or cream-coloured walls, you can opt for darker colours like deep shades of brown. 

6. Using A Magnetic Strip 

Have you ever thought of invisible cabinet extensions? Yes, now you can hang jars from the base of the cabinets without any extra support, leaving your guests wondering about the magic behind.

This is one of the easiest DIY projects and you can complete the job within half an hour. Just take a long and powerful magnetic metal strip and attach it to the “roof” of the cabinet. 

You can then attach glass jars to it as the metal lids on the jars will firmly stick to the magnetic. Besides, it will increase the overall storage space, allowing you to store your crockery (especially the fragile ones) better. 

However, don’t make the jars too heavy, otherwise, the magnetic strip won’t be able to take all that weight. We will recommend storing something lightweight like coffee beans, marshmallows, chocolate, dried fruits and candies in these jars. 

7. DIY Cabinet Lighting

Installing lights in and under the cabinets will ensure that there is a warm glow in the kitchen at all times. And you can easily buy LED strips, which don’t require any extra wiring. You won’t have to call an electrician. Simply line the base of the cabinets with the strips, and you will be good to go. 

They will come with a plug on one end that can be attached to any plug point. You can use an extension in case there are no power outlets nearby. A lot of LED strips can be controlled via Bluetooth by connecting them to an app. Just download it, and you can control the lights from the convenience of your phone. 

Other than that, you will get cheaper lighting options with remotes. The remote will help in adjusting the intensity and colour of the light, and you can control them from a distance. 

You can also get smart lights (if your budget allows), which come with millions of colours to choose from. Set it according to the ambience, and you will have a beautiful place to cook in. 

8. Crown Mouldings

Do you want your small kitchen to look majestic? Then you can add crown mouldings to the top cabinets to make them look grander than usual. 

The top of kitchen cabinets usually remains empty and unused, thereby gathering dirt and debris over time. This is because most homeowners don’t want to go through the hassle of reaching out for something placed that high. 

By adding tall crown mouldings on the top, you can cover up the space as well as make the cabinets appear taller and visually attractive. 

That said, you should be careful not to attach these mouldings directly to the cabinet. Instead, build a framework that is about an inch thick and install it on the top before attaching the mouldings. 

9. Shaker Cabinets

If you want to stick to modern or contemporary designs, then you can create a raised perimeter around the front of cupboards and drawers. You can build a frame from 1/4-inch plywood and then paint it in the same colour as the cabinet setup. This subtle yet elegant design will stand out well if you have a medium to large kitchen. 

Brass Cabinet Knobs

Building Your New Kitchen Cabinets 

With this, we have reached the end of this guide, and you must already have a clear idea about the changes that can be incorporated. Aside from the above-mentioned tips, you can bring in some greenery to the kitchen and add wall plates too. 

Keep small collectibles and use a lot of cane baskets for storing items on top of the kitchen table. 

While you might have changed the design of the cabinets, accessories will always add to the look. So, keep pretty jars and flower vases and line up shelves with a floral cloth. These will make the kitchen look warm, homely and inviting. 

Let us know if you need any further help with residential works or fittings in the comment section below, and we will try to answer your queries in our next guide. 

Till we meet again! 

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