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DIY Cabinet Door Upgrades to Spruce Up Your Kitchen

May 8th, 2012 Bed and Bath

If you've recently started adding a bit more class to your kitchen, you might already have brand new appliances, a tiled backsplash and state-of-the-art light fixtures. But if you haven't given your cabinet doors any thought yet, it might be time to consider an easy update. Here are a few ideas that may spark your interest.

1. Mirrored doors. If your kitchen is on the smaller side, it may be a good idea to add mirrors onto the doors, which will reflect light and give the illusion of more space. All you'd have to do is find the mirrors and get a strong adhesive to attach them. You could cover the entire door or get creative with moulding.

2. Wooden appliqu├ęs. You can find decorative pieces in many home stores and they'll easily stick right on with a bit of wood glue. Paint them in a contrasting color beforehand or keep them the same color as the cabinets for a subtler facelift, then place them in the corners or the center of the cabinets.

3. Distressed paint jobs. By strategically wearing the paint on your cabinets, you can make them appear older, which is a chic way to develop a cottage-style kitchen or a rustic aesthetic - just make sure that your countertop is in the same style. There are a number of effects you can use that can make the doors look authentic.

4. Chalkboard cabinets. If you're a creative person who likes to draw or could simply use another way to display reminders to yourself, chalkboard cabinets may be right up your alley. All you'll need is chalkboard paint and some tape to section off the areas you want covered. Easy! Just don't forget to buy the actual chalk!