Ask a Designer:
How Do I Update My Kitchen Cabinets?
Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is about updating kitchen cabinets. Have a decorating dilemma? Comment below and yours might be featured in a future installment.
Q: "Our kitchen cabinets need a facelift. What is the easiest and most economic way to accomplish this?" -Ryan D.
A: Ryan, those pesky, dated kitchen cabinets can simply ruin an otherwise great house. The good news is there are several ways to get things moving in the right direction. Let's look at your options in terms of cost.
As is most often true, paint is going to be the best way to make the biggest change for the least investment. The unfortunate drawback is it can be a long, gruesome DIY project to take on if you decide to paint them yourself. Then again, doing this on your own time is free, so it would be inexpensive. If you decide to hire a professional to paint them, it won't be the cheapest option, but, the investment will have a stunning outcome with a fresh feel for your kitchen.
2. New Drawer Pulls and Knobs
Though this one might not be the least expensive, it is certainly the fastest. Plus, some bright, sexy polished chrome hardware will give your kitchen a fresh point of view in less than an hour. If you decide to go the 'new hardware' route, take good measurements. Most draw pulls are available in several sizes based on how they attach to the drawer.
3. New Cabinet Faces
Now, we're getting a bit more complicated and I would suggest calling a professional to help you with this project. You're going to remove the existing door and draw fronts and replace them with a more modern style of cabinetry.
4. Think Outside Your Cabinets
Also, keep in mind that you can update the space around your cabinets. Maybe a new backsplash, wallpaper or paint treatment? Or could that window over your sink use a fresh roman shade?