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How to Update Cabinets
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 • Posted October 13, 2011 1:15 PM

One of the best ways that you can totally change your house without spending all of your money is by updating your cabinets. Here are some tips to help you totally update your cabinets.

Start just by repairing your cabinets. Maybe you don’t have the time, money, or energy to completely redo your cabinets or put in new ones. A lot of the time, all you really need to do, rather than calling up a contractor, is look carefully at your cabinets and see where the problems are. Then you fix them. Here are some common repairs that you can make on your cabinets:

A. Have problems closing your doors? Do they droop a little bit? Go after the hinges. Repair hinges or completely replace them. 1) Start just by tightening the screws. 2) Having problems tightening the screws? Just use a little bit of Elmer’s glue in the hole and then stick in some broken toothpicks. Once the glue has dried, you can just take a knife and cut off the top of the toothpicks level with the surface. Put the screw back into the hole. 3) Think about exposed hinges. You can buy beautiful and/or eclectic exposed hinges that do a lot for your cabinets and your kitchen. Just stop by Home Depot, Lowe’s, or any other hardware place. 4) Try self-closing hinges.

B. Adjust your cabinet drawers by replacing or reattaching or readjusting the glides on the drawer. You can find prefabricated glide sets just about anywhere, and can buy different ones to fit your specific cabinets.

It’s all about the paint. A lot of the time, when we look at our cabinets, we end up despairing and thinking that the only option is calling up a contractor and replacing the entire thing. If you have decided on a new color scheme for your kitchen, or if you already have a color scheme, choose a bright new paint color that will match with the rest of your kitchen.

Don’t want to replace all of your cabinets in their entirety? Just buy new doors. You can purchase pre-made cabinets doors that will fit your cabinet almost anywhere. Decide on doors that fit your new or your pre-existing design for your kitchen.

One great and modern, exciting change that you can make is by mixing glass fronts along with wooden doors. This will provide visual excitement in your kitchen as different mediums and surfaces play with and contrast with each other. If you have older custom cabinets, you might have to call in a carpenter to make you some custom doors to fit.

Change your cabinet hardware. Updating and changing your cabinet hardware is one of the best ways that you can update your cabinets and your entire kitchen. Go to a local hardware store and take a look at the different pulls, knobs, and handles that are available. You can also purchase decorative hinges that will match your other updates. You can also hit your local antique shops for even more interesting hardware possibilities.

Replace all of your cabinets. This can be seen as a last result for updating your kitchen cabinets. But sometimes it’s the only way to go. If you end up deciding that this is the option for you, shop carefully around to make sure that you can get the best price for the cabinets that are best for your situation, your budget, and your style.

These are just a small sample of ideas. You can buy already made or go with a custom cabinet maker. If the job is too much for you to handle or figure out – always think about contacting your local builder.

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