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How to Make Cabinets Look New AgainThere’s no getting around the fact that renovating a kitchen is expensive. It’s not uncommon for renovation budgets to climb up to $10,000, $25,000, or even $50,000, depending on how much you’re renovating and upgrading. That is a healthy chunk of change, and one that not everyone can afford to drop. Thankfully, there are other ways to give your kitchen (or bathroom) a facelift without dropping tens of thousands of dollars. One excellent way to immediately improve the look of your kitchen is by refinishing your cabinets.

When you walk into someone’s kitchen, you can often tell at a glance when it was last renovated, or if it’s still rocking original fixtures. Out of date colors and styles can date a room something fierce, whether that comes in the form of 50s-era basic walnut or 70s-era yellow Formica. If you walk into your own kitchen and automatically feel like you’ve stepped into a different decade, it’s probably time to update. Don’t leap immediately to replacement, though! If your cabinetry is still functional and well-constructed, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t work with what you already have and give it a fresh, modern feel.

If there’s one telltale sign of a cabinet’s age, it’s the door and hardware. Every era had its own style, and that age shows plain as day. So, first things first: remove those doors. Today’s styles are sleeker, often featuring glass to display the contents. Visit your local hardware store to see what they have on display and find some fixtures that work with the style you’re going for.

Once you have your new doors and hardware selected, you can figure out how you’d like to treat the existing frames. Are there any you’d like to combine, or shelves you’d like to place or remove? What will be stored in each section? Take some time up front to plan everything out so that you’re going in knowing exactly what you want. Next, consider the color of your cabinets. Depending on what you’re doing with the doors, you may want to paint the frames a specific color, like white or black. If you’d prefer to stick to natural wood, there are tons of options for stains these days. It’s always more difficult to remove color than add it, so bear that in mind.

Consider a satin finish paint — you’re unlikely to want glossy cabinets unless you’re going for a very specific look. This is a multi-day project, so take your time treating, priming, and painting the frames (and doors, if you choose). Let everything dry completely before moving on to the next stage. If you’re staining the wood, make sure you use a proper finisher, as well. Invest in high-quality tools for the best look!

You can attach the finished doors to the finished frame with new or existing hinges. To hide old hinges, go for doors that are slightly larger than the old ones, but be careful not to exceed the frame. There are all kinds of fine touches you can add to make sure your cabinets look fantastic — from sanding down rough spots to updating the cabinet interior.

If you’d like help or guidance, you can always call on PaintRite Pros to get the job done right. Our professional paint jobs won’t leave you wanting!

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