If you grew up in the 80’s like I did, I’m sure you’ve seen it before.
Flat melamine cabinet doors with oak trim grab bars.
Updating built in storage cabinets
Just make sure you'll be able to remove whatever product you use without damaging the cabinet material.
You might not have the chic, all-natural, floating open shelving you dream of just yet, but you can fake the look by strategically removing the doors on a few of your upper cabinets.
Replacing the knobs on your cabinets and installing a new faucet can give your kitchen a surprising face lift, as can upgrading to stainless-steel appliances, but it can be a slippery slope.
“I just replaced a cooktop and one thing led to another,” says Carol Krieger of Carol S. “I ended up doing the countertops, which led to the backsplash, then, well, how about the flooring?
Depending on how handy you are, you can do this yourself, but most recommend hiring a professional who can spray the cabinets for a smoother finish.
If you do decide to replace the cabinets, says Swanson, sticking with clean lines – “not a lot of detailed molding” – and warmer wood tones can help your resale value.
*Shudder* Unlike the big hair and shoulder pads of that decade which have thankfully disappeared, this style of kitchen cabinets is more permanent unless you want to shell out big bucks for a complete overhaul.
But with some paint and new hardware, you can make these eyesores a bit more tolerable until demo day arrives.
Danny Lipford: One of those experts is Marisa Smith, a registered interior designer who works with homeowners to maximize the beauty and function of their homes.