Upgrading Your Kitchen Cabinets:

Upgrading Your Kitchen Cabinets: Quick How-To Guide

Most of the visual, and a good portion of the functional attributes within a kitchen comes from the cabinets, so it makes sense that when your kitchen feels tired and dated you would consider upgrading your kitchen cabinets. But highsteet kitchen design departments know this too and charge high prices for the design, manufacture and install of these cabinets. So, if you are looking to keep cost down and avoid a messy kitchen renovation consider redecorating your cabinets not replacing. You can achieve that off the shelf look with less cost and inconvenience.

If you have no idea where to begin, this article will help you find the need-to-know details that surround how to update the look of your cabinets.


Upgrading Your Kitchen Cabinets: A Quick How-To Guide


1 – Update the hardware

Handle, and drawer pulls are easy to update and can make all the difference in your kitchen. As a general rule, you should choose a style that complements the style of your cabinets. For instance:

  • Cabinetry with a modern or contemporary style usually looks the best with sleek and simple pulls. We’ve seen a rise in people opting for push-pop cabinets, but they quickly become frustrating.
  • If your cabinets have a rustic or country feel, choose a handle or a knob with style and substance. Maybe a metal weaved handle or something that drops down from the middle.
  • If you have traditional cabinetry, consider a simple handle with a colour that matches the cabinet.



2 – Paint the cabinets

Paint is a great easy to update your kitchen cabinets. If you like your current colour you can opt for a simple refresh, but if you’re looking for a full change then choose something new. Painting your cabinets may sound simple but there’s some things to consider that most professional decorators will take into account.

  • If your cabinets currently have oil based paint it will need special treatment when repainting.
  • Degrease and sand with medium grain sandpaper to help make the new paint stick.
  • Mask around your cabinets to avoid painting elsewhere.
  • Primer before painting.
  • Choose the right paint to help avoid peeling.
  • Careful of those drips.



3 – Install floating shelves

New cabinets can be expensive and difficult to install. So, if you need more room extend your cabinets with floating shelves. It’s also a great way to update the look of your kitchen because they give the illusion of a larger room. You can paint these the same colour as your kitchen cabinets.



4 – Add a backsplash

Backsplashes are another easy way to update your kitchen. If you want to keep the traditional look and feel opt for real tiles around the sink and worktops, and a metal backsplash for around the cooker hops. If you’re looking for a modern approach or need to save cost, then there are some amazing sticker options that from a short distance look like real tiles.



5 – Add a pop of colour with kitchen accessories

A great way to update the look of your kitchen is by using accessories with colour. Add storage containers, pot and pan organisers, spice containers, and canisters to your cabinets and kitchen drawers. You can pick the colour of these items to match the cabinets or the wall colour of your kitchen. When working in conjunction with your new cabinet colour accessories can add that Instagram/magazine cover look.



Updating your kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean a major upgrade to your kitchen. It can mean a few simple changes that can make your kitchen look new and fresh. Updating your cabinets can be as simple as changing the knobs on your doors, and giving it a new lick of colour. All of these options can be implemented in a few days without the need to break the bank.

If you still struggle to get started, working with a decorating company like Newbold Decorators is the way to go! We use innovative painting techniques to revitalise your kitchen for a fraction of the cost of a full kitchen refurbishment. Contact us today, and let’s revamp your kitchen cabinets!