Kitchen cabinets are often high on peoples' lists when it comes to wanting to update a space. Problem is that they are expensive and putting in an entire kitchen of new cabinetry has large environmental implications. Find 10 ways to give your kitchen cabinets a bit of an update without replacing a thing after the jump.
1. Switch out the hardware. This can make such an incredible impact and takes such minimal effort. Check out great antique and reused hardware or find something unexpected to add a pop of color.
2. Add an antique glaze. Pick up a quart of No-VOC paint in a brown color (check the oops section!), put it on with a dry cloth and wipe it off from the areas least likely to show age. Instant character.
3. Cut out the center portion and put in a glass insert. You'd be surprised at how easy this is to do. Pick up some reclaimed glass from your local salvage and then cut the center of the door out with a jig saw. A few glass fasteners and you are all set to go.
4. Take the doors off. Give your upper cabinets the look of open shelving by simply removing the doors. This is a great solution for renters who can just store the doors in a closet until they move out.
5. Add embellishments to make your cabinets look like furniture. Check out the way a table leg makes this kitchen look custom.
6. Add under and above cabinet lighting. If you have a microwave outlet upper cabinet lighting is easy to install with a few holes in the tops of the cabinets. Low energy fixtures for this purpose are all over the market now so improve the look of your cabinets and the quality of your work space in one project.
7. Give them a good scrub. I know it sounds obvious but you'd be surprised at how gross your cabinets can be. A little elbow grease can get them looking fresh again.
8. Add a fabric or wallpaper insert. Already have cut-outs in your doors? A fun fabric inserted where the glass usually sits can make your kitchen look bright and cheery. Don't have cutouts? Wallpaper is an easy way to add color and pattern to the center portion.
9. Add a sticker. A fabric or vinyl wall decal can take your cabinets from boring to graphic in a few minutes.
10. Try a tile insert. Find a great tutorial for this easy project over at apartment therapy.
(Image:Bridget Pizzo via Apartment Therapy)