Frequently an aged kitchen merely needs to have its appeal reinvigorated. The good news is that if you have an aged kitchen that demands a blast of charm and color, you don't need to go through complicated and time-consuming stripping and refinishing; you can rejuvenate the look of your kitchen more easily. The below suggestions will help you create the look you want in your kitchen, without the hard work that is often involved in refurbishing kitchen cabinets.
A Makeover for Your Kitchen Cabinets
An older kitchen with all white cabinets and old-fashioned black and white wall and counter tile can speak about the past with retro charm. Cheerful yellow paint can brighten up this color scheme. If you're lucky enough to have curved corner shelves, outline the edge in a perky blue. You can add an open shelf trimmed in the same blue above the kitchen sink to display collectibles, coffee tins, vintage vases, and the addition of blue and white checkered curtains on kitchen windows adds retro polish. Keep the color going with brightly patterned ceramic canisters on the counter. A bare wall can be dressed up with a spice rack or a wooden shelf that is either painted blue or trimmed in blue. This color scheme is ideal for a number of themes, from Tuscan accents and sunflowers to roosters and cherries.
Fix it Quickly
- When cabinets must have a facelift, it's much easier to paint than to strip and refinish. You will need to lightly sand the existing surface of the cabinet before painting. Remove all doors, drawers, and hardware beforehand and then you will be able to work on a flat surface. Use a paint roller to make things go more quickly.
- Replace old cabinet fronts with glass for a quick facelift. Paint the interiors a deep shade that will contrast nicely with your collectibles so they stand out.
- Change hardware on your cabinetry for a quick and easy update. This one small and simple change can work to provide inspiration for an entirely fresh and different color scheme and style that you can reinforce with the use of wall art, chair cushions, curtains and other accents. Glass knobs add a little sparkle to a dull kitchen.
- Try a new backsplash to brighten things up. Bring some cheer to a darker kitchen with green and white tiles. Make a backsplash out of mirrors to open up the space and reflect light. You can have custom cut glass prepared at any glass store.
- Get rid of your upper cabinets and opt for open shelving instead. It is much more affordable to hang shelving than to buy new cabinets, and you can choose to paint new shelves or adorn them with scrolled wrought iron brackets to fit the retro theme. Open plate racks and storage let you introduce color and charm into a kitchen while also opening up the space. Bring decorative aesthetic appeal and practicality to the area by hanging cups and cooking utensils beneath the shelving.
- Be daring and go with an unexpected theme in an old kitchen: Try bold colors like yellow and mango as a backdrop for a tropical theme kitchen complete with palm tree wall art and tropical wall hangings.
As you can see, there are other options that most homeowners can easily undertake to bring color and brightness to the kitchen rather than refinishing or even replacing the existing cabinetry. Stylish wall art, wall paint, collectibles situated in different areas on the top of upper kitchen cabinets, and improved lighting can really make a huge difference in the overall aesthetic enjoyment of your kitchen.