8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Remodeling

In today’s post, we are sharing eight ways you can update your kitchen - no remodeling necessary.
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8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without renovating

While many of us have an idea of what our dream kitchen would look like, actually bringing that vision to life can be a challenge. Especially if you do not want to do a full blown kitchen remodel. In today’s post, we are sharing eight ways you can update your kitchen and kitchen cabinets – no remodeling necessary.

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1. Paint

Painting your cabinets or your walls is one of the easiest ways to seamlessly update your kitchen. We suggest either a semi-gloss or gloss sheen for the paint as it will hold up best over time and also allows for easy cleaning. There is also pain on the market that is specific to cabinets, that you can get as well if you want to ensure that the paint will have longevity. As for the color, you can go with a classic white or add a pop of color to freshen up your kitchen

8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without renovating
PHOTO: Sian Richards.

2. Replace Hardware

Swapping out the hardware on your cabinets is one of the quickest and easiest fixes. Plus it can be done in under an hour! You can get new, contemporary options at big retailers or you can order them online. Try mixing up the types of hardware, like using pulls for drawers and knobs on drawers to create a unique look and finish.

8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without renovating
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3. Try Removable Wallpaper

Want to add some personality to the interior of your cabinets? Use removable wallpaper! This is a perfect way to add a pop of color and pattern, plus it allows your unique style and personality shine through!

8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without renovating
PHOTO: Piet-Albert Goethals | DESIGN: Arjaan de Feyter

4. Refinish

If you have solid wood cabinets, you can always change the tone of them by staining them a different color. This is a great option if you prefer wood, and can give them a brand new look and feel!

8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without renovating
PHOTO: Josh Grubbs

5. Get Organized

Organizing your drawers and cabinets is an easy way to create more space, but it also can make it more visually appealing. You can find drawer dividers that are made from different materials like plastic or wood, and can help create the finishing touches to your kitchen. 

8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without renovating

6. Open Shelves

Open shelving or floating shelves is a popular kitchen trend! It can open up the space and allow you to show off certain plates, glasses, plants, spices, and anything you prefer. This will add necessary storage space, while creating charm!

PHOTO: M.A. Allen

7.  Light It Up Under the Cabinets

Adding additional lighting under your cabinets not only combats shadows and improves lighting, but it can also create warmth.

8 Easy Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets Without renovating
PHOTO: Jennifer Hughes | DESIGN: Elizabeth Lawson

8. Mismatch Upper and Lower Cabinets

Create contrast and interest in your kitchen by mismatching your upper and lower cabinets with different paint colors. This is a great way to switch up the look of your kitchen without having to do a full renovation! We recommend that you choose a darker color on the bottom cabinets, and a white or another neutral color on top. This will help draw the eye upwards and make your kitchen seem taller!

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