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Update Boring Builder’s Cabinets

Update Boring Builder’s Cabinets

Give your kitchen a low-cost makeover by upgrading your builder’s cabinets with custom details starring paint, new hardware, and more surprising ideas.

Paint Plus

Paint is a go-to option for cabinet makeovers. Take it to the next level by going two-tone: paint the lower cabinets a darker shade than the uppers. Keep your colors within the same family, but two or three shades different. Consider choosing one of the bottom colors on a paint strip and the very top color.

Paint the Island

If painting all of your cabinets sounds like too much, focus your effort on just your island. Paint the central figure a striking color and add in a few accents of the same hue for a fresh facelift.

Add Molding to the Soffit

Give cabinets a custom look by adding molding to the soffit above the cabinets. Just be sure the new molding doesn’t interfere with opening and closing the cabinet doors.

Hardware Help

Swap out existing hardware or add hardware where there was none before and you’ll give you kitchen a fresh face without much of an investment.

Back It Up

Add a little visual interest to the back of open shelves or glass front cabinetry with beaded board or wood paneling, which will lend a rustic vibe. Or give wallpaper a go.