Remodeling your kitchen can be costly. One of the areas that need attention in kitchen remodeling is the kitchen built-in cupboards. A little touch up on the cabinets can make your whole kitchen look different. If you do not want to spend too much money on your kitchen cabinets, there are some easy Do-It-Yourself ideas that can bring back the shine in your kitchen.
Here are a few things you can do to your kitchen cupboards to make them look as good as new.
How To Give Your Kitchen Cabinets A New Shine With A Bit Of Remodeling
Replacing Hinges And Handles
This is an easy way to give your kitchen cabinets a brand-new look. Buy a set of handles and hinges and replace the old ones. New knobs and cabinet pulls are relatively affordable in the market, and there is a wide range of designs to choose from.
If your old cabinets are pulls, you will want to consider the two legs that make it possible for the pull to stand away from the drawer face. If you want to change the way they open, you will need to find a way to cover the two in the drawer face. If you want to install a knob, you can place a faceplate on the front side of the drawer.
You need to find out whether the cabinets use mortise hinges or the non-mortise ones for the hinges. You also have to consider whether semi-concealed or fully concealed hinges would be best for your cabinets.
Refinish Your Existing Cabinets
Sometimes, your kitchen cabinets are still sturdy, but the look doesn’t work for you anymore. The best way to make them look new and change your kitchen’s look is by refinishing them. You can either paint over the old color or stain it in for a completely new look. This way, your cabinet will remain in place even though they look brand new.
Before painting the cabinets, you need to ensure that surfaces are clean and smooth. Fine grit sandpaper can be used to make the surfaces and edges smooth before painting.
Re-Facing The Existing Cabinets
If you want to change the cabinet doors and drawers’ look, re-facing them is a good idea. You can apply veneer over the exposed parts of the cabinet doors and drawers. These veneers come in varying styles and sizes to meet different consumer needs. You can choose between stained or non-stained veneer even though the unstained ones offer you more color options.
How To Give Your Cabinets A Shine Without Remodeling
Removing Grease And Dirty
Sometimes all you need is a good clean for your kitchen cabinets to look good. If you haven’t seriously cleaned your kitchen cabinets in the recent past, you may want to consider this as the first step towards your kitchen remodel.
You can start by removing cobwebs, gritty dust, and any other particles stuck on the cabinet. You can use a microfiber cloth, a duster, and a soft brush to clean the wood without damaging it.
Dip a cloth into a vegetable oil soap that is diluted in warm water and use it to wipe the cabinets’ exterior parts. An alternative to the soap mixture is mixing vinegar with hot water and five drops of olive oil. This gets rid of the grease and also gives a shine to the kitchen cabinets.
Using Powder Cleansers
Using a scratch-free powder cleanser is also another easy DIY idea to give the cabinets shine. Trisodium phosphate is a powders bathroom cleanser that can also work well on your cabinets. It will help to get the grease stains off and prep the cabinets for polishing. After using the cleanser, you can use a dry cloth to buff the surface, which will give the cabinets a shiny finish.
Using Polish And Creams
Using creams and polish is also a good way to give your kitchen cabinets a new shine. Before you use the polish or creams on your cabinets, test them out on a concealed part of the cabinet. Sometimes, the wood type may not agree with the creams and polish.
If your cabinets are made of stained wood, you need to use a polish free of silicone and wax. Once you have polished, you can buff the surface with a dry cloth to give it a shine.