Published at Monday, October 23rd 2017. by Wiatt Lambert in Cabinets & Drawer.
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.
Depending on the type of wood and style of the cabinets, unfinished cabinets can be an economical and efficient way to give your kitchen a brand new look. When you start your search for unfinished kitchen cabinets, the first decision you make will be the style of cabinet you want to feature. Do you want to add a sleek, contemporary or modern look to your kitchen, or are you interested in a more traditional design?
Once you've decided on a style, you'll need to choose your material. Cherry wood is a very high-end choice, popular for its extreme durability and an attractive natural color, which can range from deep brown to red. Maple, oak and hickory are also high-quality wood choices. Pine can be a great choice for a rustic, country kitchen look. More exotic woods like mahogany, ebony and bamboo are much higher-priced options, but they're known for ultimate durability and a truly unique unfinished appearance.
When your wood is chosen, you'll need to decide if a fully unfinished look is right for your kitchen, or, alternatively, if you want to paint or stain your new kitchen cabinets. Generally, a fully unfinished look can pair well with a country or rustic kitchen style, but it can also feature well in a range of traditional kitchen styles. If you do choose to finish your kitchen cabinets yourself, you'll want to keep in mind that certain woods accept stain and paint better than others. If it is your plan to stain your unfinished kitchen cabinets, do some research beforehand to ensure that your wood choice will accept the stain and preserve its natural beauty at the same time.
The color black lets the cabinetry lines speak out and is a backdrop for the other elements in the room, says Susan. And, she notes, there's nothing like a black background to make metal panel inserts, such as chicken wire or mesh, stand out. Black cabinetry can be a backdrop or a focal point like an island, a single wall or even interspersed with other colored or wood-finish cabinetry.
So it is an option you'll probably be pleased with, provided your cabinets are still in good enough condition. Flat-panel and slab doors can usually be refaced, but most cabinet doors cannot, so the doors need to be replaced. Replacing the hardware would complete the look nicely.