How to Update Kitchen Cabinet Doors for Higher ROI

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    Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Can Add Beauty at a Lower Cost

    Wood kitchen cabinets
    Your kitchen cabinets can change buyers perception. Getty Images

    Did you know your kitchen cabinet doors can give your room a makeover, instantly? Without a doubt, the kitchen is a room that can give you a lot of bang for the buck. It can also increase the value of your home significantly. But a kitchen renovation is not cheap. You need to have deep pockets if you want to redo the entire room before buyers come knocking. If you don’t have a big budget, simply update kitchen cabinet doors. Here’s how to do it.

    Try Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

    Some cabinets that were...MORE built a decade or two ago are more powerfully constructed than the prebuilt and modular cabinets of today. So it doesn’t make economical sense to remove them and start from scratch. One great way to save money – and lure buyers at the same time – is refacing cabinets. Many homeowners prefer refacing to replacing cabinets.

    Cabinet refacing involves removing the front parts of cabinet doors and covering them with a veneer of plastic laminate or real wood. New knobs, pulls, hinges, and molding finish the transformation. If you don’t want to reface cabinets, you can simply remove the doors and leave the cabinets bare. This will give your kitchen an airy look. Since everything will be on display, declutter and organize to ensure things are in order.

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    Modern Kitchen Cabinetry Can Update your Dated Home

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    Add a modern flair to your kitchen with frosted glass. Getty Images

    Consider Kitchen Wall Decorations

    There are countless temporary wall decorations to choose from – removable wallpaper, contact paper, shelf paper, or vinyl decals. Each one can enhance your kitchen beautifully. They are affordable, easy to remove, and can transform cabinet doors in an instant. There’s a design for each kitchen style and you can even create your own.

    If your cabinets have glass inserts, you can install the adhesive wall decorations in the interiors. The installation process may be...MORE a bit tricky, but home buyers will love the outcome. Be sure to choose adhesive decorations that match your kitchen’s style.

    Install Modern Kitchen Cabinets

    Replacing kitchen cabinets is neither easy nor cheap. New cabinets can take up half of your total kitchen renovation budget. But the procedure can be more affordable if you install the cabinets yourself. If your cabinets are worn out, do not reface them or paint them as they may look worse. The only option is to replace them.

    Home buyers love modern kitchen cabinets as they enhance the level of comfort in a kitchen. Replacing cabinets is the best way to impress them as you get to spruce up even the interiors. You can add handy features like pull-out drawers and rotating shelves. You can also complete drawers beautifully with brand new hardware.

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    Paint your Kitchen with Fresh Colors to Awaken the Room

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    Fresh kitchen colors awaken an older kitchen. Getty Images

    Paint Cabinets with Fresh Colors

    Paint is inexpensive but can transform the dullest of spaces. If your cabinets are structurally sound but look worn out consider adding a fresh coat of paint to them. Use coordinating colors on the upper and lower cabinets to add richness and to add depth and visual interest. Color can have a big impact on your kitchen and the payoff surpasses the effort.

    Get Rid of Unappealing Cabinet Hardware

    Knobs and pulls determine how a kitchen looks and changing them can...MORE transform your kitchen. Replacing hardware is one of the best ways to update your kitchen and pantry cabinets. Visit your local home improvement store to browse for modern kitchen hardware.

    If your cabinets didn’t have hardware, you’ll be stunned by how different they look afterwards. The features give them a whole new style and make it easier for you to put and remove things from cabinets. Before buying cabinet hardware, be sure to take accurate measurements.

    Apply Cabinet Crown Molding

    If you're looking for ways to add a luxurious touch to the cabinets, add crown molding for a high-end look. Crown molding adds height and style to cabinets. It can extend upper wall cabinets to the ceiling. If you are a DIY enthusiast, you can install the molding yourself. Measure everything twice so the end result is perfect!

    Kitchens are no longer rooms where meals are prepared, they are command centers, dining areas, and places where families spend quality time together. If you’re looking to give your dated kitchen a makeover, update your kitchen cabinet doors. Choose the kitchen cabinetry update that will work for you and add style and functionality to your kitchen. Buyers will appreciate the updating and you may get a more return on your investment then you anticipated!