DIY Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Kobus Voorham
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Kitchen cabinets need updating? You’re in luck. Kitchen cabinets are the perfect canvas for fast and fun-to-do DIY projects. You’ll fall in love with your cabinets after you embark on one or more of these small projects, each designed to maximize your creativity with only moderate cost and effort.

Tide-Line Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets

Two-toned kitchen cabinet paint schemes may be common, but can you believe this fantastic twist? Katie Fontana and Tony Niblock began their bespoke cupboard company British Standard with the aim of providing “understated elegance,” as they say. They fail to mention, too, their talent for understated whimsy, as evidenced by this unique take on two-toned paint schemes.

Most two-toned schemes go something like this: lower cabinets, dark color; upper cabinets, light color. British.

Satin-Finish Brass Fixtures

For decades, brass fixtures have been excluded from homes. In a frenzy of brass-stripping, these fixtures were replaced by nickel, stainless steel and matte black fixtures. Now, guess what? A new generation of brass is here, and it’s better than before.

Designer Tobi Fairley places elegant brass fixtures against cream-colored kitchen cabinets for a gentle contrast. Instead of 1980’s-era mirror-finish brass, choose calm, friendly satin-sheen fixtures that let the warm color show through, rather.

Faux-Cycled Barnwood Cabinet Doors

Score! Imagine the thrill experienced by Katie and Eric, over at the lifestyle blog Mountain Modern Life, when they discovered these charming reclaimed wood barn doors when wandering around the country back roads in their RV.

Except for one thing: this is not reclaimed wood. These are 100% new DIY-made cabinet doors, not recycled barnwood (though you cannot be faulted for thinking so!).

Dumpster diving did produce those base cabinet boxes, though. Everything past that point is a clever replica

DIY Slab-to-Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker style cabinets are characterized by a raised picture-frame perimeter around the door and drawer fronts. Ashley, at the design blog Cherished Bliss, theorized that she could turn her flat (slab) cabinet doors into Shaker-style cabinets by running a thin frame around the doors. Would it work?

She lightened her work by choosing 1/4-inch plywood for the frames and especiallyby having the lumber yard rip the wood to 2 1/2-inch wide strips.

DIY Kitchen Cabinet Door Organize

So what are you going to do about your under-sink kitchen cabinet mess? You know: paper towel rolls swollen with leaky water and cleaning supplies impossible to find in the murk.

How about this quick, simple and ultra-cheap DIY cabinet door organizer? Ana White sells plans for ambitious projects, like entire kitchen cabinets you can build from scratch. Whet your appetite for building with this extremely easy, free project, available on her site.

Easy DIY LED Kitchen Cabinet Lighting

Admit it, you want kitchen cabinet lighting. But fear has held you back. Fear no more. Thrifty Decor Chick and interior decorator Sarah felt the same way until she discovered the power of LED tape lighting.

Forget the bulky, heavy incandescent rope lighting of the past. The present and future belong to these rolls of light-weight LED lights that come with adhesive on the back. All you need to do is plug them in (no hard-wiring required!) and you can connect them all throughout your cabinets.

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