Published at Monday, October 16th 2017. by Fabien Jean in Cabinets & Drawer.
Before installing your kitchen cabinets, it's helpful to begin by assessing your practical needs and exploring different style options. You may have a number of kitchen gadgets that can find homes in built-in accessory drawer boxes or cutlery trays. Or you may prefer a built-in spice rack drawer, trash can pull-out, or even a custom wine cabinet.
If you're looking to update your existing kitchen or designing and installing a brand-new one, your greatest expense will be the cabinets. You'll definitely want to check out these hints and tips about cheap kitchen cabinets—tips that work equally well, regardless of whether you need typical cabinet space or are building a kitchen island with breakfast bar.
The most common and often most affordable way to customize your kitchen cabinets is through the use of cabinet hardware. Door handles and drawer pulls come in a wide array of colors, materials, sizes and shapes. They are usually metal but can differ enough to change the look of your kitchen from traditional to modern or vice versa.
Painting and staining is an inexpensive way to update your kitchen cabinets and make them like new again. To get that smooth, like-new look, the trick is in the light sanding between coats of paint. If you do it yourself, be prepared to be working on it over the course of two or three weekends or a full week or two, and plan for your kitchen to be out of commission during this time.
In her own kitchen, Jennifer is using black cabinetry to set off a wood island of Macassar ebony, which has a distinctive linear grain of black mixed with brown and gold tones. "I didn't want too much of the patterned wood grain, so I added black as a complementary color," says Jennifer. Whether you choose to go black all the way or merely toss it in on a kitchen island, there are some things to keep in mind when you go over to the dark side of cabinetry.
Another thing to consider if you've got black kitchen cabinets in mind is the cabinet material. Black shouldn't be thought of as an exclusively modern color, but it does work well on angular, crisp cabinet styles made of laminate materials. A softer black, sometimes with a slightly weathered look, can also work great if your cabinets are more traditional—especially when contrasted with light tones on walls and countertops.