4 Ways Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Can Create a Whole New Kitchen
If you’re beginning to feel like your current kitchen is dated or no longer reflects your personal style, a full-scale renovation isn’t the only way to give your space a facelift. In fact, something as simple as refreshing your kitchen cabinets can update not only the form of your space, but the function, too.
Through custom cabinetry, installing drawers, upgrading fittings and adding smart storage, you can completely transform your kitchen – at the fraction of the cost of a complete remodel.
Here are the four most impactful changes you can make to your kitchen cabinets.
Create a new style
Perhaps the most noticeable change you can make to your cabinetry is giving it an exterior renovation.
Replacing the fronts of your cupboards and drawers is an opportunity to revisit the design theme of your kitchen. Whether it’s a new coat of paint or a change in material or door profile, switching up the aesthetics of your cabinetry can completely transform your kitchen.
An easy way to make a space feel bigger and brighter is to paint your kitchen cabinets white. Especially if they have been a deeper colour or a solid timber material in the past, a white colour scheme makes the most of any natural light and can be the base for many design styles.
Why not combine white cabinetry with an accent colour or material? Learn more about two-toned kitchen cabinets.
Meanwhile, installing glass cabinet fronts or removing some completely to create open shelving is a great way to display heirloom pieces and inject colour into your space.
Install drawers for better accessibility
If you constantly find yourself reaching into the back of a dark cupboard, fumbling around for that one hard-to-reach item stuck behind everything else, you may want to reevaluate how cabinetry can work for you in a kitchen.
Simply switching these deep cupboards out for drawers can do wonders for accessibility in your kitchen, and is easier to achieve than you might think.
It’s also an opportunity to reconsider how you store essentials. Cupboards for pots, pans and containers are notorious for being hard to organise, and end up wasting a lot of space due to the awkward sizes of the cookware.
Installing large drawers for pots, pans and even crockery or serving ware can ensure every inch of your space is utilised, and will help you to get more frequent use out of your cookware.
For more inspiration around making the most of your space, download our guide which covers off the essential principles of design, layout and storage.
Upgrade to soft-close fittings
The sound of a cupboard door slamming is one of the most common kitchen frustrations, particularly for those with young children. Not only can this be an annoyance, but little fingers getting jammed in a door can also pose a safety hazard.
Installing soft-close hinges can solve multiple problems at once, also preventing damage to the contents of your kitchen cabinets by ensuring everything stays in place.
Plus, anything fitted with soft close ensures doors and drawers are closed properly, meaning there’s less frequent need for maintenance. Less stress on hinges and drawer rails ultimately extends the life of your cabinets, giving you more time in between upgrades.
Install smart storage
Now that you’ve tackled the style and functionality of your cabinet design, it’s time to upgrade the storage systems within.
Consider smart solutions that will work for the different sizes and locations of cabinets within your space. These can restore functionality to otherwise dead spaces, giving you back valuable storage space and reducing clutter throughout the rest of your kitchen cabinets.
Drawer pegs ensure plates, bowls and cups stored inside drawers remain neatly organised and safely in place. A lazy susan inside a lower cabinet means you never have to reach too far back to find what you’re after. Pull-out spice racks can make great use of awkward-sized drawers or gaps between appliances, and blind corner solutions can help to solve the problem of deep cabinets at bench intersections.
Looking for more? Read our complete guide to renovating your kitchen cabinets.
Updating your kitchen cabinet fronts may seem like an easy do-it-yourself task, however opting for a flat-pack solution can sometimes have repercussions down the line if you don’t plan and execute carefully.
Cheaper materials will be more susceptible to untimely wear and tear, and require more frequent maintenance. Installing your own kitchen joinery, you also run the risk of doing it wrong.
Speak to a qualified kitchen designer about what you want to achieve with your full renovation to ensure you’re going about it the right way, and investing in a quality upgrade that will stand the test of time.