Transforming Old Cabinets Into Modern Attractions Through Repainting

Cabinets can be the centerpiece of your kitchen, but if yours are looking worn and dated they can make the whole room feel dark and tired. Transforming old cabinets into modern attractions through repainting is one of the best ways to refresh your space.

The easiest way to transform your cabinetry is a fresh coat of paint. There are many products on the market aimed specifically at painting bathroom cabinets that make this task relatively easy and low-stress. I used the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit (pictured above) for my own kitchen update and was pleased to find that after deglossing the cabinets with the included product, I didn’t need to sand or prime before applying the two bonding coats. I followed the directions on the package and found that using a sprayer for the final coat made the task even faster. The product has a great low-odor formula and cleans up easily with soapy water.

If you’re not ready to commit to a complete cabinet refinish, consider painting your door and drawer fronts only. If your cabinet boxes are in good shape, this may be a much more cost effective way to refresh your cabinetry than refacing them. Be sure to remove the hardware and mark the cabinetry with painter’s tape for easier re-assembly.

Another easy way to make a big difference is by swapping out the existing handles and knobs. This can take just a few minutes and makes a huge impact. For example, changing the drab brown pulls from white to chrome can instantly bring your china cabinet into this decade.

A faux finish can also completely change the look of your cabinets from shabby chic to rustic, provincial or modern. A crackling glaze is simple to apply – just brush on a thin layer over a dry base coat in a single direction and wait for it to dry and crack. You can then reapply a coat of the base color over it perpendicular to the cracks for a flat topcoat.

Adding a touch of pattern can also freshen up your cabinetry. Beadboard wallpaper is inexpensive and can be installed in a matter of hours like Rhoda from Southern Hospitality did, or you can add wood planks to builder basic cabinets for a customized look like Kelly from Lost and Found Decor.

The options are endless for updating your cabinetry. If you don’t want to tackle a full cabinet makeover, refacing your cabinet boxes with a new stain, laminate or veneer can also be a great alternative. Some companies also offer peel-and-stick options to make the process even simpler.

If you’re ready to give your china cabinet a facelift, these tips will help you turn it into a stylish showpiece that you and your guests will love. And don’t forget, these techniques can be applied to other furniture pieces in your home that are in need of a little TLC. For more inspiration, check out our Gallery of Favorite Makeovers. For more details on cabinet repainting visit Tampa cabinet painting company at