As much as you love that old house, you can’t always turn a blind eye to those aging kitchen cabinets.  You go in to the kitchen and try to ignore the dark dilapidated cupboards, but every time you walk into your kitchen you see that visual eyesore and turn away immediately. Imagine if you can’t stand to look at them, what your guests will think of your old kitchen.

But short of a whole kitchen remodel what can you do?

Actually there are a few things you can do to reface old kitchen cabinets. You can update them and in the process give your whole kitchen a newly remodeled look.


Sometimes, the only thing old cabinets need is a good cleaning.  Grease and dirt can make cabinets look old and dilapidated; sometimes much older than they actually are. Often just a simple cleaning can update and reface the cabinets. However, to clean cabinets thoroughly, you’ll want to remove the cabinet doors and use white vinegar and a water solution to brush and clean the doors. Use a small cleaning brush and a soft cloth to wash your doors.


Once you’ve washed your cabinet doors, inspect them for damage. Add wood filler to holes or cracks and sand down until it’s even with other parts of the cabinet.  Sand the entire door and cabinets down then add a fresh coat of paint. You can use any color that goes with your kitchen décor. You might even use an vivid acrylic color to make your cabinets stand out.

Add Some Beautiful Molding

Once you’ve cleaned the cabinets and added some paint, you might want to add some decorative molding to reface those cabinets even more. Most remodeling experts suggest you add crown molding to achieve a classic kitchen cabinet look.


Another great way to give those cabinets a good face lift is to reface those old cabinets. This is probably the closest you can come to pulling out those old cabinets and getting new ones. In this process you add a new layer of cabinet facing to the cabinet doors. This offers a total rejuvenation of the kitchen cabinets. But getting these cabinets refaced requires the help of a restoration expert.

Replacing the Hardware

Another great way to add a new look to old cupboards is by changing knobs and handles. These small changes can make a great difference to the look of your cabinets. Putting on new handles can update and modernize your cabinets in a way you could never imagine.

Final Thought

Really, the absolute best way to give those cabinets a good uplift is by refacing them. But this is complicated as it cabinet refacing requires you to take the front veneer off and add another. Of course, there are more than a few DIY methods listed online, but that really isn’t the way to go, when you reface kitchen cabinets you really what to get the help of a renovation expert.