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Give Your Kitchen Cabinets a Simple Makeover
Getting bored in your kitchen? Feeling like it's time for something new, but you don't want to spend the money or go through the hassle of a major renovation?
Your kitchen cabinet doors provide an interesting opportunity for you to liven up your kitchen and show off your creativity.
Don't underestimate the importance of your kitchen cabinets - they accentuate your walls, floor, and countertops. New cabinets can give a whole room a like-new feeling, and you can get a similar effect from just giving your cabinets a makeover.
So let's take a look at three ways you can spruce up your kitchen cabinets: replacing those old fixtures, adding some stylish wallpapering or trim, and installing some cool LED lighting.
Replacing Your Cabinet Fixtures
The fixtures on kitchen cabinet doors are often one of the most overlooked aspects of a kitchen's aesthetic. When were they last changed?
Some new metal fixtures, whether they are bright and shiny or dark and elegant, will add a fresh touch to your kitchen. There are more options than ever - copper, yellow brass, oil-rubbed bronze, stainless steel, brushed nickel, and more.
There are also many shapes to choose from, although they're usually based on a classic and practical knob or rod design.
You can replace all the fixtures on your kitchen cabinet doors with the same style, or you can go with different colors and types of metal in different places. This is a more modern look, using different fixtures to accentuate certain parts of the kitchen.
Adding Some Wallpaper
If you thought paint was the only option for adding color to your kitchen cabinet doors, you may have been missing out. Instead of having to deal with all the hassle of painting, consider wallpapering your kitchen cabinet doors and sides.
Wallpapering cabinets is easier and cheaper than painting them, and you also get a surprising, unique look in your kitchen. You can continue a color scheme you have going on, accenting the floor, walls, and trim, or go for a contrasting look.
Patterns of food, flowers, or leaves can give an inviting and homely look. Alternatively, a shiny metallic wallpaper can create a sleek, modern feel.
You could also use contact paper or vinyl decals, which may be easier to remove later on.
Easy LED Lighting
Installing new lights used to take an electrician, but today there are options for LED lighting you can easily install yourself. They're inexpensive, very bright, and a great alternative to those big, flickering, fluorescent bulb tubes.
LED lights come in several types. You can buy them in thin strips of various sizes, or as small hockey puck shapes.
You can usually wire together several of these lights in sequence, so you only need to plug them into one outlet. There are also battery-powered lights that don't need to be plugged in.
LED lights usually come with adhesive that allows them to be stuck anywhere you want. Most people put them underneath their cabinets to light up their countertops, but you can also put them inside cabinets to light them from within. This will give your kitchen cabinet doors a nice glow, and can look warm and inviting at night.
While installing new kitchen cabinet doors is a great way to give your kitchen a makeover, there are more simple ways to achieve the same aim. Replacing familiar old fixtures with new ones, adding some wallpaper to liven up the scene with color and designs, or installing some pleasant and practical LED lighting are all options.
You can even consider combining all three, leaving your guests wondering when you got that new kitchen.