5 ways to upgrade your kitchen cabinets without buying new ones

1. Paint them

Bring new life to your kitchen cabinets with a fresh lick of paint. Transform tired, lackluster cabinets that are out-of-date with a trendy hue for an instant makeover. Painting your kitchen cabinets gives you a much wider choice than off-the-shelf replacements. Choose from bold, bright colors to pastel hues, to suit whatever look you're after. For practicality and endurance, pick a satin, semi-gloss or gloss paint — they are easier to clean and more resistant to grease.

2.  Swap the hardware

One of the simplest ways to update your kitchen cabinets is to swap out old hardware for new knobs and pull handles. And don’t be afraid to mix it up — for added impact, choose different styles for the wall and base units.

3. Replace the doors

If budget allows, changing the cabinet doors is one option which will instantly update your kitchen without too much hard work. Forget sanding down and painting the door fronts: all you’ll need is a few tools to swap the old doors for new. And if your existing cabinetry is in good shape, this is one quick fix that will transform your kitchen without the upheaval of a complete remodel.

4. Replace wall cabinets with shelving

Sometimes it helps to think outside the box. If you’ve got an expanse of wall-hung cabinets, why not break up the visual symmetry? Remove one or two wall cabinets and replace them with shelving.

If you’re feeling brave and not concerned about hiding your kitchen essentials behind doors, replace them all with shelving. It will completely change the look of your kitchen, opening up the space and creating a modern vibe. Then, you’ll have the space to show off beautiful glass and dinnerware and serving dishes that are usually unseen.

5. Wallpaper the back panel

Create a decorative look by removing the cabinet fronts and lining the back panel with wallpaper. For the best effect, keep the look to the wall-hung cabinets, which are at eye level. You won’t see the benefit if you add wallpaper to the base units.

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