This Is Leanne Ford’s Advice for Redoing Your Kitchen Cabinets (and Making Them Last)

published Feb 15, 2021
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There’s no right or wrong choice when picking the design for your kitchen cabinets, but there are ways to avoid extra work and feel the need to redo them shortly after you just did. Distinguishing timely from evergreen trends is a big part of doing that, and Leanne Ford — whose new HGTV show “Home Again with the Fords” premiered this month — has tips to make sure you love your kitchen cabinets longer (believe it or not, white paint isn’t specifically involved).

In a recent interview with Apartment Therapy, Ford revealed helpful ways to make sure your kitchen cabinet renovation lasts over the course of time. While she said that taking your personal style into consideration is important, the larger priority is keeping things simple and complementary to the rest of the house.

“I really like to keep simple, clean lines on cabinetry, and that goes back to long-lasting,” Ford told Apartment Therapy. “Kitchen renos is such a massive to do, so I feel like clean, simple lines, you’ll love it longer, which is the goal.”

Ford is redoing her kitchen right now, and she’s designing it with classic materials so she it blends with the rest of her historic home. “I have a traditional house and I want it to feel like it was here when the house was built, which is 100 years ago,” Ford said. “I feel like match the style and cabinetry to the style of your home, and it will feel better.” As for hardware, Ford kept with the theme of keeping things simple, too.

With all that said, Ford expressed that you should absolutely use what you love to design your kitchen cabinets, but make sure to observe the style of your home at large. Creating a flow between the rooms will make everything feel harmonized — and prevent you from having to do a reno round two.