I think the first thing many homeowners think needs to happen with a dated kitchen remodel is a change of cabinets.First, let’s start with a bit of a perspective adjustment…But in short, it’s easy (no sanding or top coat), it makes your cabinets look and feel new and clean, and it brought out the natural woodgrain. Find something modern – like some statement-making square bar pulls and go for it. Ok, so maybe you don’t need to replace the cabinets, but if you have a laminate countertop with a matching 4 inch backsplash, it IS going to be hard to bring your cabinets out of the 90s. Sometimes, with labor, laminate be almost as expensive as solid surface or stone, so go shopping without preconceived notions.Oh and one container costs about – I did the whole kitchen, the stair railings, shelves, and I still have a good amount leftover. Find something simple with minimal action, and don’t even think about adding a matching backsplash!IKEA sells premade countertops that range from to 0 for an 8 foot length.
In terms of the cabinets themselves, they really rang orange…. To tone them down and bring them more into the realm of brown, I waxed them with Briwax in Tudor Brown (check out this post for more details). You never saw black cup pulls, like these, on 80s or 90s cabinets, so just adding them brings the cabinets forward a couple of decades. But if they’ve been around since the kitchen was built, you probably will need to replace them anyway.In the era of Pinterest perfection, it seems we’re all striving more than ever for a picture perfect home.If painting cabinets white and updating countertops and a new backsplash aren’t in the budget or your husband refuses to paint perfectly good oak cabinets, you’re not alone.Here’s the thing, take some oak cabinets with a laminate countertop, complete with a several-inch backsplash, some country-looking knobs, fluorescent light fixtures, and one of those carved wood valences connecting the wall cabinets above the sink… Take those same cabinets, but update the counters and add some modern knobs, a classic tile backsplash, and some updated lighting, and the entire feel of your kitchen can change.Removing that valence as well as possibly replacing an upper cabinet with some shelving, and your kitchen will look brand new, and totally pinterest-worthy!