The kitchen is the place we most enjoy in the house, where most family memories are created and where we can share our days and have some nice quality time the loved ones. That means the space has to be the best it can! If you’re on a tight budget, here are some creative and affordable kitchen cabinet makeover before and after ideas and give the room that facelift it needs!
”You have to maintain a culture of transformation and stay true to your values.” -Jeff Weiner
Fresh Coat of Paint
These wooden cabinets made the space feel much more dark and dated. And do you want to know how to update old kitchen cabinets? Simple: paint!
Wow, what some paint can do, right? The appliances are all the same, the countertops and the backsplash too, the only change here was the painted cabinets. And we can all agree, that some fresh coats of paint can completely transform the room. Updating kitchen cabinets with paint is the simplest and easiest idea of all, and it’s certainly one of the most powerful ones.
In order to redo old kitchen cabinets, you only need a little bit of creativity, no matter what your cabinets look like!
In this makeover, besides the much needed paint, the homeowners decided to remove the upper cabinet doors, which created a very interesting open shelving system. This easy kitchen cabinet makeover idea is becoming more and more popular nowadays, and it makes the space more practical: it’s easier and quicker to find the things you need, makes the room feel brighter, bigger, and more modern, and it will also encourage you to keep the space organized.
There was nothing wrong with this kitchen before, except being bland and forgettable.
Now, this new kitchen has the right amount of surprise and creativity. Adding some texture to your cabinets can be just the right makeover it needs. This homeowner decided to remove the panels on the cabinets and add chicken wire, which is super creative, but you can also get a similar effect by:
- Adding a decorated metal sheet (like a radiator cover)
- Making new panels out of pvc (which you can check out in the open shelving topic, on the lower cabinets)
- Adding a beautiful fabric to cover the panels
- Adding a corkboard, to pin notes and recipes
- Adding details, vinyl or gingerbread appliques, wooden pieces, etc.
The possibilities are endless!
These wooden cabinets didn’t go well with the grey countertops and backsplash, and they also made the kitchen darker and heavier.
A simple way to upgrade your cabinets is by adding a glass panel to your cabinet doors. This kitchen cabinet makeover idea will open up the space and make the room feel brighter and lighter! You can add glass panels to your entire kitchen, or just pick a couple of cabinet doors to be the chosen ones.
Pro tip: Be sure you pick the place where the most beautiful kitchenware is stored, so the effect can become extra special.
(The tupperware section should stay the way it is - no guest wants to see that mess. It’s ok, we know. We all have that messy section.)
These cabinets were begging for a makeover.
Can you believe this transformation only cost $108? It’s amazing how a touch of creativity can completely transform the room. For an easy kitchen cabinet makeover DIY, this homeowner chose to add trims to the doors and drawers, which instantly made the cabinets feel more modern. The open shelving was also an interesting idea, with that dark backdrop that made all the colorful bowls and plates pop out, creating an interesting focal point.
While the appliances had a modern look, the rest of this kitchen looked super dated.
While you’re there picking out what color to paint your cabinets, you should consider choosing more than one. Bright upper cabinets and darker lower cabinets have always been a beautiful design choice, but this homeowner decided to make the room even more interesting. The mint green lower cabinets made the room feel cozier and more modern, while the white upper cabinets bring a touch of elegance to the kitchen. The combination made the room extra lovely!
In addition to some open shelves and a color change, this homeowner decided to rehang the cabinets in a new height, to take advantage of a previously wasted space. The decision made the space much more useful and allowed the kitchen to have an extra shelf under the cabinets for everyday items.
Bonus Tip: Hardware Upgrade
One of the simplest ways to upgrade your cabinets is by changing the hardware. The act can easily change the look of the room and make your kitchen much more interesting. The easiest way would be to purchase new knobs and pulls, maybe in a different style, but you can also just spray paint your existing ones. Choose a contrasting color to make them pop out, and this simple kitchen cabinet DIY will effortlessly make your kitchen look brand new.
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