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10 Easy DIY Cabinet Upgrades To Improve Your Kitchen

By on Aug 24, 2020
10 Easy DIY Cabinet Upgrades To Improve Your Kitchen

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For kitchens both large and small, it’s likely that the cabinets take center stage. After all, they are the largest element in the room. Changing your cabinets may seem daunting, but you can make a few easy changes to improve them.

If you’re looking for a cabinet transformation, you’ve come to the right place. Get out your DIY toolbox, we have a few ways you can change your cabinets to fall in love with your kitchen.

Maybe you need more than a few quick tricks to improve the look and feel of your cabinets. If that’s the case, contact a kitchen remodeling pro today for up to four quotes from contractors in your area, for free.

Reface Your Cabinets

1. Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Some cabinets require a little more work than just a coat of paint. If you see more wear and tear on your cabinets, you may want to consider refacing them. This changes the look of all outward facing parts of the cabinet. The cost of cabinet refacing is about half of what it would be to replace them, with the average reported cost at $6,325.

Paint Your Cabinets

2. Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re looking to transform the look of your cabinets, without the costs associated with a brand new cabinet installation, painting them could be the answer. While it’s important to account for paint costs, you will be saving money by painting them yourself. To see how you can tackle this DIY project, read Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets.

Under Cabinet Lighting

3. Undercabinet Lighting

You may forget about this useful space under your cabinets, but it’s the perfect area to utilize if you want to highlight the unique features of your kitchen. While some lighting options call for a pro, simple DIY undercabinet lighting can be done with stick-on LED lights. Simply remove the adhesive and run the lighting track along the underside of the cabinet. Not only will this highlight your beautiful cabinetry and backsplash, but it’s also very helpful to have extra light while cooking.  

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

4. Replace Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

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A quick update to any kitchen can be done by simply changing out the cabinet hardware. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes. This DIY project takes a few hours to complete. If you’re choosing new hardware, be sure it fits where your existing hardware is. Otherwise, you may have to allot time to drill another hole for your cabinet hardware to fit and original holes may be exposed.

5. Install Roll Out Shelves

If you’re anything like me, cabinet organization can be quite the challenge. So often, I find the lid I need pushed to the far corner of a cabinet. I have to remove every item, in order, to get it. However, the solution is easy to DIY. With roll out shelves, you can say goodbye to missing items and disorganized cabinets. You can get kits from your local hardware store that provide the specific installation instructions. You’ll want to take all the measurements and decide what type of roll out shelf you’re looking for. The traditional shelf functions a bit like a shallow drawer, perfect for pots and pans. While a roll out wire basket may be just what your kitchen needs for lids or small containers.

6. Add Door Storage

Storage always seems to be the common problem when it comes to kitchen cabinets. However, so few of us think to use the space available on the cabinet door. It’s easy to hang hooks and create instant organization for various lids. For smaller items that you just can’t seem to find a place for, screw in small plastic or wire baskets to the back of the door. The options are endless and completely customizable for what you need.

Organize Your Drawers

7. Install Drawer Organizers

If you’re tired of searching for that one utensil you need, drawer organizers can help. Simply find three to four small pieces of wood and size to your cabinet or drawer. Use wood glue to attach and wait for it to dry before organizing your utensils or other small items.

8. Chalkboard Paint

List-makers rejoice! You now have a space for a list you’ll never forget. By painting the inside of your cabinet door with chalkboard paint, you now have a space to quickly write down notes and groceries you might otherwise forget. This is a great idea for any cabinets where you keep dry food. You can easily write things down as you use them, so you’ll know when it’s time to restock. This project can be done with a little bit of time and some chalkboard paint. Always be sure the paint has dried completely before writing on it.

Kitchen Cabinet Liner

9. Add Shelf Liners

Give the inside of your cabinets some TLC. Cabinet liners help protect the finish of your cabinets as well as spruce up the look. Shelf liners come in a variety of styles. You can choose a simple white, or introduce a new pattern into your kitchen. They also are easy to clean if you have any spills or crumbs that tend to gather on your shelf. This DIY project may take a few hours to complete, depending on how many shelves you are lining and the adhesive you choose.

10. Wallpaper Cabinet Door

Wallpaper is no longer limited to just walls. Latest trends show that patterns in the kitchen are hot. One way to easily get the look is with wallpaper. If you’re hesitant to try out something bold, this could be a good place to start. Removable wallpaper works best here so you don’t ruin your kitchen cabinets. I love the look of the wallpaper in the center, between cabinet moldings. Creativity is encouraged for this DIY project!


Your kitchen cabinets present an opportunity to get your dream kitchen look, without the price tag. With a few hours and a love for DIY, you can easily upgrade your kitchen cabinets.

Looking for more ways to create your dream kitchen on a budget? Read How To Upgrade Your Kitchen Without Spending A Fortune.

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