Faded Bluebird

Cabinets – Making Your Home Magazine Worthy

August 17, 2017 1 Comments

Today, I want to talk about cabinets. I started this series because I was asked how I’m able to get my look on a budget.  Do I really only spend pennies to do it?  If I can, I don’t spend anything, that’s how tight my decorating budget can get.  I guess it depends on what you consider thrifty decorating.  For me, it’s not buying a knock off rug for $200 instead of the  $800 original.  My rugs better come in under $30 or it isn’t happening for me, and even $30 makes me flinch because that’s half of my natural gas bill.  (Don’t mind me, I compare the expense of everything to my bills).

When talking about updates or makeovers, I have to get creative.  I use things I find curbside, support stores that sell “used” goods and swap with my friends.  I recycle and upcyle what I already have to give me what I want.  And I’ve had to learn the skills to do it, such as upholstery or rewiring a light fixture.  So, with that in mind, let’s look at cabinets.

3 Ways To Update Your Cabinets

3 ways to beautiful cabinets

There are 3 ways to get beautiful cabinets without starting over.  Paint, trim and hardware. Let’s explore your options one at a time.

One Gallon Away from Awesomeness

Let’s just jump in with the obvious….. paint.  You can immediately update, personalize or brighten your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint!  And if you’re not in a hurry, let me suggest that you wait for a paint sale, coupons or even continuously checking the Oops shelf at your favorite hardware store. I’ve found some gorgeous colors for $5 a gallon on Lowes’ Oops shelf.  That’s the paint customers refuse because it wasn’t tinted correctly. And check out what Laura at Inspiration For Moms did in her kitchen!  Not only is it gorgeous, but she gives you step by step directions to do it right!

paint your cabinets


And Laura’s example leads me into the next way to update…..trim and or paneling.

Just A Little Trim

Like Laura did above, adding some height and style is just a little MDF and trim away.  But wait…there’s more!  You can add beadboard, slats, molding, and MDF to your doors as well! Check out these examples.

Give Your Cabinets A Trim

Source: 1-HGTY, 2 – Radiobutlers, 3 – Lowes, 4 – unattributed

But, don’t forget the bottom of your cabinets or even the sides.  I put another collage together for you.

cabinet bling

Source: 1 – Young House Love, 2 – Service Central, 3 – How To Build It, 4 – Unattributed

And the last option to update our cabinets is of course…..hardware!

Hardware is Jewelry for Cabinets

Unfortunately hardware isn’t always cheap.  But there are options.  In my part of the world, I wait for Hobby Lobby to put their knobs and pulls on a 50% off sale then grab what I need.  But, there are other things you can do, such as spray paint your current knobs like Beauty and Bedlam did below.

cabinet knobs

You can visit one of my favorite building supply thrift stores, Habitat for Humanities Restore, or I’ve found great sales online.  Also, check on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, you never know, someone may have just updated their cabinets and will sell their old hardware very cheaply.

This is the perfect project for creativity.  I’ve seen examples of forks and rope being used as pulls on Pinterest.  The point is, sometimes the right jewelry can make a plain outfit gala ready.  Some goes with cabinets.

knobs & pulls

Final Thoughts

Well, have I convinced you?  Are you ready to tackle those cabinets?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a job, especially if you are going to paint them and do it right so it doesn’t peel after 2 weeks.  Pick a color you can live with for years, cause you’re not going to want to do that again anytime soon. Have a masseuse on stand by to make an emergency house call.  Also, choose a finish that cleans well, (think semi-gloss). Your kitchen has the potential from going blah to bombastic over one weekend.

kitchen cabinets

If you’re willing to put some muscle where your dreams are, your kitchen can be transformed with even the smallest budget. Dream big!

I’ve got to go, my neighbor down the street just finished her kitchen remodel and put 3 – 12ft pieces of crown molding on the curb.  THE RACE IS ON!

P.S. If you are curious about my answers to other questions I get asked, read Faded Bluebird’s Q & A.

-Happy Decorating!


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