When your cabinets look old and worn out, you have a few options for dealing with them. One option is to revitalize them by changing their appearance. By taking some time and by putting in some work, you can have the expensive cabinets you want without the cost of customized products.
Resurface Existing Cabinets
Resurfacing your current cabinets is the easiest way to save yourself a lot of money. To start, you need to sand off the finish, so that the paint will adhere to the wood. You will also need to place wood filler into any imperfections on the surface and then sand it smooth after the filler hardens.
To finish this portion of the project, paint the cabinets in the color of your choosing. However, when considering your paint options, it is best to pick a semi-gloss or gloss finish for resurfacing your cabinets. These finishes are highly durable and they make it much easier to clean the cabinets when they get dirty.
Redo Cabinet Interior
Another area you need to focus on is the interior of your cabinets. It is a good option to paint the interior a color that is a shade or two lighter than the exterior.
Prep and paint the interior the same way you do the exterior. However, this extra work gives your cabinets a completely different look once you are done.
Paint Existing Hardware
Instead of buying brand new hardware for your cabinets, you can enhance them with a metallic paint. Spray paint is a good option, since it comes in different metallic colors such as wrought iron black, gold and silver.
Even if the paint comes off over time, you can repeat this process. One thing to consider is if you repaint the hardware more than once, you may need to remove old layers of paint. When the hardware has too many layers of paint, they could look bulky or misshapen over time.
Add Decorative Trimming
To add one final touch, you can place decorative trim around the top and/or bottom of the cabinets. You can paint it the same color as the cabinets or you can accent it by painting the color you chose for the interior. This will give the cabinet a unique look and make them appear customized at the same time.
If this seems like too much work for you to do on your own, you can consult a professional remodeling contractor, like Wetherington Restoration & Remodeling Inc.