Decorating ideas to make your kitchen cabinets pop

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Does your kitchen look stale and outdated? Even if you’ve got the most up-to-date appliances, bad cabinets can make your entire kitchen look like it just jumped out of 1974. Instead of doing a complete cabinet remodel, consider these decorating tips to bring your kitchen back to life.

Does your kitchen look stale and outdated? Even if you’ve got the most up-to-date appliances, bad cabinets can make your entire kitchen look like it just jumped out of 1974. Instead of doing a complete cabinet remodel, consider these decorating tips to bring your kitchen back to life.

Remove the doors for open cabinets: If you have enough space in the bottom cabinets to hide your less-pretty dishes, remove the doors on the top cabinets. Take everything out and wall paper, apply contact paper, or paint the back surface to add a pop of color. Pose your pretty dishes and throw your spices into little mason jars to keep cabinets from looking messy.


Change the hardware: If you don’t want to go bold, consider simply changing the hardware. Remove the dated handles and add some round, brushed steel pulls (they’re a safe bet).


Sand and stain: When old, dingy paint is stripped away, you might discover that you have beautiful hardwood cabinets underneath. This is much more likely in an older home, so don’t go crazy stripping your cabinets down if you bought them 2 years ago at Ikea. Be conservative and spot check. If you do have wood underneath, strip the paint and sand, stain the wood, and finish with a sealant to protect from moisture damage.


Paint them dark: Designers in the 90s had everyone painting their cabinets glossy white, but these days, dark cabinets are trendy. Sand them and paint with a dark chocolate or a rich navy blue for a lux look.


Make it a free standing kitchen: If your cabinets are truly horrific, consider chucking them entirely and going free standing. Add a bold, beautiful piece of furniture and an island to house your pots and pans. Hang pot racks, add a cool back splash and put in some free standing shelves for decorative glassware. You don’t necessarily need a ton of top row storage.

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