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creative ideas for refinishing kitchen cabinets


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Refinishing your kitchen cabinets can give the room a whole new look. If you don’t have the budget for a complete kitchen overhaul (although that’s a lot easier now kitchen manufacturers offer free design services!) then you can forget about completely renovating or giving the whole room a makeover - just refinish your cabinets and you’ll feel like you have! There are a few ways you can do this. You can use different materials to help change the color, type, wood type, and even the look of the historical era! Usually, you can take the time over a few weekends to do it, and it can be fairly inexpensive. Here are some creative ideas you can try if you want to give it a go.

Get The Real Wood Look

If you want the look of real wood in your kitchen, then you’re going to need the right tools and a little elbow grease. Make sure you take all of the doors and hardware off your cabinets, as you want to be thorough as you refinish your cabinets. You can use an electric hand sander to sand off the current finish if you wish, or you can do it by hand. Make sure it’s gritty enough to get all of the old finish off. You can then apply your chosen stain with a rag. Rubbing the wood as you apply will make sure the stain permeates better. Depending on the results you want, you’ll need to be careful about how much you use. For a darker look, use more stain. It gets darker as it dries, so bear that in mind before you apply more coats.

You also have the option to buy wooden veneers that you can adhere to your current cabinets, helping you to change the type of wood. It’s up to you whether you buy ready adhered or whether you adhere them on by your own means. Perhaps changing the hardware could be a good way to finish off your new look. You could choose vintage hardware,for instance, to get that antique look.  

A Bold Coat Of Paint

Giving your cabinets a fresh coat of paint is usually straightforward. That being said, plastic laminate doesn’t usually take to paint very well, so you might need to look into other options. Metal, wood, and wood laminate are all good for painting. Again, you need to be thorough by taking off the doors and hardware. You’ll then need to clean, sand, and prime the surfaces you plan on painting so that the paint adheres well and you get a good coverage. 2-3 coats of good quality paint is usually recommended. Make sure you apply in thin coats to get the best results. Leave four hours between coats too.

If you want to give your kitchen some personality, you could go for a bold or contrasting color or some great kitchen accessories. Copper tableware is in fashion at the moment and it adds a unique feel to your worktop. You could even go for a subtle pastel shade if you want color that isn’t too in your face. This will liven up your kitchen and give you a feature point. They will look great when the rest of your decor is neutral, but of course there are no rules. If you want a simple yet chic look, plain white cabinets can look great.