Do your kitchen cabinets need updating? You're in luck. Kitchen cabinets are the perfect canvas for fast and fun DIY projects. You'll fall in love with your cabinets after you embark on one or more of these small projects, each designed to maximize your creativity with only moderate cost and effort.
Take a look at nine ideas to spruce up your kitchen cabinets.
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Two-toned kitchen cabinet paint schemes are a common trend. Katie Fontana and Tony Niblock began their bespoke cupboard company, British Standard, intending to provide "understated elegance" to cabinetry. They have a talent for understated whimsy, as evidenced by this unique take on two-toned paint schemes.
Most two-toned schemes make the lower cabinets a dark color and the upper cabinets a light color. British Standard's design includes the walls—and the bottom six inches of wall cabinets—in a darker, lower color. They call it the "tide line." It's a fun do-it-yourself touch you can consider if you are painting your cabinets and want to elevate your kitchen beyond the ordinary.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
For decades, brass fixtures have been considered passe in homes. After the 90s, there was a frenzy of brass-stripping from homes, replacing fixtures with nickel, stainless steel, and matte black fixtures. And, just like that, everything old is new again. A new generation of brass is here, and it's better than before.
Designer Tobi Fairley places elegant brass fixtures against cream-colored kitchen cabinets for a gentle contrast. Instead of 1980s-era mirror-finish brass, satin-sheen brass fixtures have a warm, classic look.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Katie and Eric from the lifestyle blog Mountain Modern Life discovered these charming reclaimed wood barn doors when wandering around the country back roads in their RV. Even though these cabinet doors look like reclaimed wood or recycled barn wood, they're not. They are 100% new, DIY-made cabinet doors. Dumpster diving did produce the base cabinet boxes, but everything else is a clever replica of weathered barn wood.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Shaker style cabinets have a raised picture-frame perimeter around the door and drawer fronts. Ashley, at the design blog Cherished Bliss, turned her flat (slab) cabinet doors into Shaker-style cabinets by running a thin frame around the doors. She lightened her work by choosing 1/4-inch plywood for the frames, and the lumber yard cut the wood to 2 1/2-inch wide strips.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
If you have an under-sink kitchen cabinet mess, you might benefit from a quick, simple, and ultra-cheap DIY cabinet door organizer. Ana White sells plans for ambitious projects, like entire kitchen cabinets you can build from scratch. Whet your appetite for building with this simple project that you can find for free on her site.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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If you want kitchen cabinet lighting, follow the lead of Thrifty Decor Chick and interior decorator Sarah, who discovered the power of LED tape lighting. Forget the bulky, heavy incandescent rope lighting of the past. Light-weight LED lights have an adhesive on the back. Plug them in (no hard-wiring required) and connect them throughout your cabinets. You can control them with a standalone remote control or with your mobile device. Millions of RGB (red-green-blue) color combinations are possible.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Those dead spaces at the top of your kitchen cabinets collect dust and little else. Sarah Macklem at the design blog The Yellow Cape Cod wanted kitchen grandeur, and her short, plain builder-grade wall cabinets were not cutting it. She added crown molding across the top of the cabinets, which visually elevated them and made them look taller and custom-made. The trick: Do not install the molding directly on the cabinets. Instead, create a framework from 1-inch by 1-inch boards, attach the molding to the frame, then attach the frame to the top of the cabinets.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Mount a powerful magnetic knife strip under kitchen cabinets, then attach the glass storage jars with metal lids to the strip. This concept is cooler, safer, and more flexible than the traditional method of screwing the lids to the underside of the wall cabinets. For added safety, store only light-weight kitchen goods such as dried fruit, candies, chocolates, marshmallows, nuts, and coffee.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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It may look like vertically grooved beadboard, but it's smooth when you touch it. This "beadboard" fools the eye. It is made from wallpaper and trim board. Brandi Sawyer ingeniously applied beadboard-looking wallpaper to her kitchen cabinet doors. To cover up the edges of the wallpaper, she constructed frames from trim boards and glued the frames to the doors.