Things You Will Need
- New cabinet hardware
- Hand tools
- Cleaning supplies
Remodeling or updating an older kitchen can brighten the room and add value to most homes. While major upgrades, such as replacing cabinets, can be an expensive venture, you can update kitchen cabinets with a number of simple and inexpensive projects. Projects such as replacing hardware or painting are simple enough for a do-it-yourself project.
How to Update Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget
Clean all kitchen cabinet doors, hardware and interior thoroughly. Exposure to grease, smoke and years of use can leave kitchen cabinets dirty, dull and unappealing. A good cleaning can often reveal colors or details lost to dirt and grime, resulting in a simple, inexpensive makeover.
Update kitchen cabinets by replacing pulls or handles, hinges or other hardware. Purchase new hardware with the same mounting configuration as the existing hardware, thus eliminating the need to drill new holes. Take advantage of sales by being flexible on the type of hardware you purchase.
Paint cabinet doors and drawers to update the look of kitchen cabinets. Use bright or glossy colors to brighten the room and give the cabinets a newly updated look. Consider painting hardware as well for a more modern look.
Replace drawer fronts and cabinet doors to update or change the appearance of kitchen cabinets. Take an example of the existing doors and fronts to the hardware store for size and shape comparison when purchasing replacements. This choice eliminates the expense of replacing the entire cabinet.
Replace the kitchen cabinet countertop. Countertops are typically easy to remove by unscrewing screws or brackets attached from inside the cabinet. Measure the existing countertop and have your local hardware store precut a new top before delivery or pickup.
Strip and re-stain older wood cabinets, doors and drawers. Remove drawers, doors and all hardware, and place in a well-ventilated area. Strip the old finish and allow to dry before applying a new stain. Once dry, reassemble and reinstall the cabinet components.
Remove cabinet doors and all hardware to allow for easier cleaning. Check hardware store closeout sales for great discounts on new hardware. Be sure to level new countertops before attaching to the cabinet. Clean and apply primer before painting cabinet doors and fronts.
Hire a licensed electrician or plumber for projects involving wiring or plumbing.