Outdated cabinets and drawers can easily make a room look less than pleasing, not to mention that they can attract and make clutter. Unfortunately, when it is time for remodeling, these components can take a huge chunk of your budget, especially if you are planning to replace them with new ones. Yet, why waste money on purchasing new cabinets and drawers when you can actually breathe new life to your old ones with minimal effort and cash? Below are some decorating suggestions you can try to bring the zing back to your old cabinets and drawers without the need to repaint them.
Spruce up cabinet backing and inside of drawers
One of the least expensive ways to update old cabinets and drawers is to decorate their backings and insides with liners or wallpaper. You can create the background you prefer by using wallpaper or liners with unique patterns or colors. Old documents, music sheets, fabrics and drawings are also great alternatives you can apply. If you want to add texture to the back and inside of your cabinets and drawers, tin panels, bamboo table runners and tiles are great options that will make your cabinets and drawers pop out against the wall.
If you have open faced cabinets (no doors), or glass cabinet doors, this change will really pop. If you have a closed cabinet, the enjoyment from this modification will be purely your own.
Dress up the doors
Aside from the backs and insides of your cabinets and drawers, their doors also offer numerous opportunities for you to get creative. For instance, wooden appliques and decorative trims are widely available at lumber yards and home centers in different designs, colors and widths. You can easily cut and glue them along the edges of the doors of your cabinets and drawers, which, in turn, can lend a cottage style to your space. Applying stencil or monogram stickers on the surfaces of the doors is also a great means to style up your cabinets and drawers. These decorative accents allow you to add a personal touch to your cabinets and drawers.
To further boost the function of your cabinets and drawers, you can add cork boards or chalk boards on the door faces. Not only will these additions help hide the major flaws of cabinets and drawers, they also come in handy when you need to stick or write notes, recipes, and grocery lists.
Opt for new hardware
Fitting your cabinets and drawers with new handles and knobs is another surefire way to jazz up these furniture. Home improvement centers carry a wide range of handles and knobs at different price points. Hence, it will not be difficult to find pieces that will complement the existing look of your space and will also befit the distressed appearance of your storage units. With careful measuring and leveling, you can easily apply the new hardware on the cabinets and drawers and instantly rev up their look.
As you can see, there are numerous ways how you can update your old cabinets and drawers without necessarily replacing or repainting them. With just a little creativity an resourcefulness on your part and as long as your cabinets and drawers are in great condition, it is possible to give them a fresh new look for less than the cost of purchasing new replacements.