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10 DIY Makeover Ideas for Your Cabinets

10 DIY Makeover Ideas for Your Cabinets

Posted by CabinetNow on 2021-01-21

If you have gotten tired of the way your cabinets look but don't have the time or money for a remodel, then a DIY option could be best for you. DIY options are typically much cheaper, but they can be a bit intimidating. In this guide, we will cover some DIY projects you can that will give your cabinets a new life.

1. Paint Your Cabinets

It may seem obvious, but a fresh coat of paint can completely change the feel of your cabinet doors. If you are interested in something trendy, you could paint your cabinetry in a two-color look. This is can be a great way to add space in a smaller kitchen. You can do so by doing the following:

  • Remove the cabinet door.
  • Remove any dirt and grease with trisodium phosphate (TSP), and sand away any nicks and cracks.
  • Prime your cabinets and let them dry.
  • Paint your cabinets.

2. Wallpaper Your Cabinet Doors

Wallpaper can be repurposed and used instead to decorate your cabinets. This can be a very effective way to add unique or retro elements to your space. Add surprising color and remarkable designs to your cabinet doors by doing the following:

  • Paint your doors with a semigloss interior latex paint and let it dry.
  • Cut a piece of wallpaper to fit the recessed panel of your cabinet door.
  • Apply a spray adhesive to the back of the wallpaper. Carefully smooth it onto the recessed panel.
  • You can now use a paintbrush to apply a thin coat of decoupage medium over both the wallpaper and the rest of the door.

3. Add A Beautiful Cabinet Door Trim

Another way to revive your old cabinets is by adding interesting door trim. This is a great way to give your cabinets a new and sophisticated look. To accomplish this, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Measure your cabinet doors to determine how much trim you'll need.
  • Use a miter box to cut your trim strips to size.
  • Paint the cabinets and trim the same color and then let it dry.
  • Use wood glue to glue the trim to the cabinet and clamp it in place. Let the glue dry.

4. Remove Your Cabinet Doors

Rather than adding to your cabinets, another way to give your cabinets a makeover is by removing your doors. This will automatically extend sight-lines which increases the sense of space and depth in a room.

5. Personalize Your Cabinets

Monograms can be a great way to personalize your cabinets. Place your monogram sticker against a contrasting background for the best effect. Alternatively, you could use a stencil and paint to add a monogram or personal design.

6. Get Creative With Cork

Like with wallpaper, you can apply cork to your cabinet doors. This not only gives you a place to pin notes and recipes, but it is also a good way to cover up any imperfection that your cabinets may have. To do this you’ll need to do the following:

  • Remove the cabinets doors and measure the door face.
  • Cut the cork according to measurements.
  • Use wood glue to glue the cork to the cabinet door face and clamp it in place.
  • Let the glue dry.

7. Wire Up Your Cabinets

An inexpensive cabinet makeover is to attach chicken wire to the door face of your cabinets. Similarly to removing your doors, adding chicken wire will help create a sense of space and depth. In addition, notes and recipes can be clipped to the wires, much like with the corkboard doors. To do this makeover you’ll need to do the following:

  • Remove the door face.
  • Replace it with chicken wire cut to size.
  • You can attach the chicken wire with a staple gun.

8. Add Unique Hardware

Transform your cabinets by replacing or refreshing your hardware. This can be a great way to elevate your cabinets, or an opportunity to add a unique, personal style element. Either way, replacing your hardware is a simply way to be a big difference.

9. Paint The Inside Of Your Cabinets

Often, people will paint the outside of their cabinets but not the inside. Painting the inside of your cabinets adds a level of interest and excitement every time you open them. If you really want to create a stunning effect, paint the interior of your cabinets a different color from the outside.

10. Use Chalkboard Paint

This DIY project is perfect for those that need a communication center or have children. Painting your cabinets with a chalkboard is both practical and trendy. It is not best to add this to every cabinet. Instead, you should consider where it would make the most functional sense in your space.

Finishing Up

When you get ready to start on whichever DIY project, remember to be flexible. DIY is a great way to create unique and personal aesthetics, so be sure to make it your own! If you have a project in mind, but need help getting started, feel free to give us a call at 1-855-669-5222 or an email at