Published at Friday, October 27th 2017. by Carel Nicolas in Cabinets & Drawer.
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 option for an inexpensive cabinet makeover is to reface them. Refacing is the process of applying a thin layer of wood or laminate veneer over the existing cabinet boxes. With refacing you can change the wood and color to something completely new and different, and the choices are plentiful for any design style you want.
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.
If your goal is to update the look of your existing cabinets, the cheapest route is to simply reface them. This process involves either stripping the stain or paint from the existing cabinets and adding new stain, varnish or paint; in some cases, you might even want to refinish the cabinets with a stick-on veneer. Whichever method you choose, this will be by far the most money-saving option, with only refinishing supplies and your own labor to account for. Be aware that this option does require considerable "sweat equity," however.
Another cabinet door accessory that adds style and "space" is glass. Glass or glass-paneled cabinet doors will open up your kitchen and allow you to display all your stylish cookware, dishware and kitchen collectibles. If you're more interested in disguising clutter, try semi-transparent or leaded glass.
Kitchen cabinets can be customized with a wide variety of components that will allow you to express your design tastes, while simultaneously addressing your specific cooking and storage needs.