Updating Kitchen Cabinets for Under $100 Is Easy. Here’s How.

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Written By BillyRichard

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Handsome Hardware

Knobs and pulls are. Notice that cabinet hardware can become fancy and expensive — costing $30 and up for an ornate knob. However, you’ll find a massive bang for a few bucks by purchasing 10-packs of simple, modern hardware at big box stores for under $20 (that’s $2 a knob!).

To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole updates. This way, you won’t have to patch or drill.

Updating Kitchen Cabinets With Paint

Nothing works better for upgrading kitchen cabinets as new coat of paint as fast on a budget.

Painting cabinets is cheap — a couple gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — but the procedure is time-intensive. Prep is vital to success, although you can paint cupboard surfaces. For laminate and melamine finishes, make sure to rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, and apply a fantastic bonding primer before topping it off with the colour of your choice.

How to upgrade kitchen cabinets with paint:

Lighter-colored paints will make your kitchen appear larger.

Do not skip on prep. Thoroughly clean cabinet doors and boxes to eliminate dirt and dried-on gunk; fill holes or nicks with wood putty, then sand.

So your coat will look great sand paint.

Lay doors horizontal to paint, and then wait until each side is totally dry before painting the other hand. It will take time, but you will avoid ugly drip marks.

Add Molding to Make Cabinets Seem Custom

Crown molding adds a bit of class to cabinets for less than you would expect’s tops. Three-inch, primed crown molding with a design that is dentil costs as little as $20 for 8 feet.

It is easiest to add molding when you are repainting cabinets; this way, you will find a perfect match.

If you purchase fitting wood molding from your cupboard’s manufacturer, be ready for a color difference between fresh molding and old cabinets. Natural wood cabinets (especially cherry) will darken with age.

Change the Cabinet Insets to Glass

Change the glass add, and you alter the look and feel of your kitchen.

“Decorative glass takes stock cabinets and provides them a customized appearance,” says Anthony Longo, who sells glass panels.

Not all cupboard doors are candidates for a changeover. You will need the sort of door with a removable panel. Check the backs of your doors if the center panel could be removed to find out.

Kinds of glass inserts are infinite — modern, bubbles, raindrops on water, classic — and cost $7 to $9 per square foot. Therefore, you can change the appearance of a 2-door, 30-inch-by-24-inch cupboard (approximately 5 square feet of glass) for between $35 and $45.

Add Task Lighting

The only way to shed light was by lights — a messy and expensive job. However, you can add light under and inside peel-and-stick LED lighting, with battery-powered cabinets.

Needless to say, battery-run lights aren’t as bright as their hard-wired cousins. However, at about $8 each, scatter them and you can afford to purchase several. LED light bulbs last for tens of thousands of hours of usage.