They are trending back in, and that makes it so much easier to update the kitchen without a complete overhaul on your cabinets. Take those same cabinets, but update the counters and add some modern knobs, a classic tile backsplash, and some updated lighting, and the entire feel of your kitchen can change. Removing that valence as well as possibly replacing an upper cabinet with some shelving, and your kitchen will look brand new, and totally pinterest-worthy!
First, take a step back and look at your kitchen. Light My kitchen was dark, and even though the window was small, its size was diminished further by being flanked so closely with the wood cabinets. If you have upper cabinets suffocating it, as I did, think about possibly moving or removing them — at least those closest to the window.
In my kitchen, I was able to replace one set with shelves, and swap out the cabinet on the other side to allow the window some breathing room. In my example, I brought down one of the upper cabinets. But the bigger impact was in planking the back of the peninsula with white planks check out my tips for this here! It was inexpensive and easy but very impactful. Upper cabinets take a lot less abuse than base cabinets, and therefore a new paint job will last longer.
Wood Tone and Other Color Embrace the wood look and pick a paint color accordingly. Before I had done anything else, removing the creamy countertop and painting the walls a cool gray-white really made a huge difference in the look of the cabinets.
Find a cool, light neutral you like, even a cool white, and your cabinets will feel much more modern. Also watch for other colors you use. In my kitchen, the pops of green paired well against the warm cabinets. In terms of the cabinets themselves, they really rang orange…. To tone them down and bring them more into the realm of brown, I waxed them with Briwax in Tudor Brown check out this post for more details. Talk about budget friendly. You never saw black cup pulls, like these , on 80s or 90s cabinets, so just adding them brings the cabinets forward a couple of decades.
Find something modern — like some statement-making square bar pulls and go for it. Sometimes, with labor, laminate can be almost as expensive as solid surface or stone, so go shopping without preconceived notions.
Keeping the edges simple gives it a clean look, and helps the budget. A simple white would look awesome with the warm wood cabinets. If you have an island you need to top, consider a butcher block top that would complement your cabinets. Backsplash Go simple and classic, like white subways and a contrasting grout. Avoid the mosaics trying to call your cabinets back a decade or two. Not only do simple and classic, by definition, have more staying power from a style perspective, but they are also budget friendly!
Lighting Lighting options are aplenty. Here are a few of my favorites sources here. In my kitchen, I made light fixtures with wooden accents, which made the cabinets feel like a choice rather than what I was stuck with. Shelves Open shelving, in moderation, can also update the look of your kitchen.