We just came across an article on how to update kitchen cabinets for not a lot of money.
You don’t have to spend a lot to give your tired cabinets a lift. These 5 inexpensive cabinet updates will brighten the mood for your entire kitchen.
1. Handsome Hardware
Knobs and pulls are kitchen jewelry that can dress cabinets up. Note that cabinet hardware can get very fancy and expensive – costing $30 and up for a single ornate knob. But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than $20 (that’s $2 a knob!)
To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades, 2-hole with 2-hole. That way you won’t need to drill or patch.
2. Pretty in paint
Nothing updates old cabinets as quickly as fresh coat of paint. Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective – a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner – but the process is time-intensive. You can paint most cabinet surfaces, but proper prep is key to success. For laminate and melamine finishes, be sure to rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, and apply a good bonding primer before topping it off with the color of your choice.
If you’re going to dive into this DIY project, keep these tips in mind:
Lighter colored paints will make your kitchen seem bigger.
Don’t skip on prep. Thoroughly clean cabinet doors and boxes to remove grease; fill holes with wood putty, then sand.
Sand each coat of paint so your final coat will look perfect.
Lay doors flat to paint, and wait until each side is completely dry before painting the other side. It will take more time, but you’ll avoid ugly drip marks.
Read steps 3,4 and 5 of the following article by houselogic.com, Lisa Kaplan Gordon, right here, Home Improvement. The article also includes a video on how to paint cabinets.
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