If you are looking for a less expensive way to give your tired old kitchen cabinets a new look then resurfacing them can be a great way to add some zip to your kitchen. Resurfacing your kitchen cabinets means simply to give a new surface to them. This can be accomplished in a couple of different ways - and not all of them have to cost a lot of money! Typical cabinet refacing or resurfacing needs to be done by a professional. This means replacing cabinets drawer fronts and doors and adding a new veneer to the base cabinet.
The choices for refaced cabinets are many - actually you can get any type of wood you want but it can be rather expensive ranging anywhere from $4000 to over $10,000. Refacing your kitchen cabinets can take 2 days to a week depending on how big your kitchen is. Resurfacing your kitchen cabinets by a professional might seem expensive but it will still save you a bundle over replacing the cabinets. It is a good way to go if your base cabinets are in good condition and very solid and you also don't want to change the layout.
On the other hand, if your existing cabinets are of low quality or are not in good condition, this is probably not your best choice. But what if you don't have $10,000 for cabinet refacing? Don't worry, there are still several things you can do to make your kitchen cabinets more attractive without spending thousands! Perhaps the easiest and least expensive way to perk up your old cabinets is to simply paint them. Paint can add a huge change to the look of your kitchen, especially if you are gutsy enough to cover them in a bright splash of color! If you are artistic, you can even paint a design on the cabinet - either freehand or by using stencils. Wouldn't your retro 50's kitchen look cool with aqua cabinets? How about some roosters stenciled on your painted and antiqued cabinets in your country kitchen? Just add some coordinating drawer pulls and knobs and you've got a whole new kitchen for under $500! Another idea to consider is to remove the cabinet doors. This would look great in a casual cottage style kitchen or even an old fashioned Victorian style. Try lining the shelves with fabric or lace that hangs over the edge.
Or you can make curtains to hang instead of the doors or even try to find an old window that might make an interesting door. If your cabinets aren't organized and you don't want everyone looking at your mess, it's probably best to leave the doors and if you don't want to paint, you could even try wallpapering them. Can't find any wallpaper that suits? Then try applying contact paper. It might be best to stick to a plain pattern and make sure it is washable or you will be sorry later. Remember to prepare the cabinets as you would a wall. You don't have to wallpaper the whole door either, use your imagination and cut out shapes or patterns from the wallpaper and paste it on.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to give your cabinets a whole new look - even simply changing the hardware can do wonders. Just use your own creativity and you'll be sure to have a unique kitchen that fits your own unique style!.
Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.a-kitchen-decorating-idea.com where you can learn more about kitchen decorating and resurfacing your kitchen cabinets.