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Upcycling Cabinets – Give Them A New Look

Upcycling cabinets

There are many different types of cabinets. Some people have built in cabinets, there are medicine cabinets, toy cabinets, garage cabinets, curio cabinets and bathroom cabinets. But no matter where your cabinets is located however, it will serve one purpose; to store things. So if you have a cabinet and it no longer fits in with your interiors, then you could consider upcycling cabinets. That way, you can get a new lease of life out of something which is working for you on a functional level, by ensuing that it fits with your décor.

Different Types of Cabinet

Sometimes we store things in a cabinet for a long period of time and it rarely gets opened. Other types of cabinets are more functional and receive a lot of wear and tear and daily usage. That includes cabinets in the kitchen, garage or bathroom. Regardless of how a cabinet is being used, or what it’s being used to store, after a while they begin to need some sprucing up. There are a few ways to give old cabinets a new life.

Upcycling Cabinets

If you like the idea of a new cabinets, but you want to use what you have, then you could get them refaced. Refacing involves changing out the current drawer and door fronts only. The base of your cabinets stays intact and you only remove old drawer fronts and doors. The biggest advantage to having your cabinets refaced, as opposed to replaced, is that they will be completed in about three days. The cost is also substantially lower and you will still feel as though you got a new cabinet.

There are other things that you can do to spruce up older cabinets. You could try change the hardware, or knobs on your cabinets. Although higher quality knobs will cost a bit more, you will be surprised by the impact that can have on outdated cabinets.

If knobs and pulls are not enough for you, you can also paint your wooden cabinets. If you use chalk paint, there is no need to sand them down completely before you apply paint. However, if you use a different type of paint, that won’t be the case. You will need to sand them enough to make them tacky so the paint will adhere well to the surface. You will also need to use a primer first, to ensure your new colour sticks.

When choosing a paint, be sure that whatever colour you choose, you choose a hi-gloss finish or enamel. Enamels or hi-gloss finishes are easier to clean and really shine and stand out. By using an enamel or high gloss paint there is no need to use polyurethane as a sealant.

Making A Decision

Upcycling cabinets takes time and patience, which you might not have. If you can’t be bothered to upcycle, then you could recycle the item and purchase a new piece. But just remember; upcycling and repurposing something can be fun/

Whatever you decide to do, remember that you have options and choices and that starting over is not the only way to go.

Upcycling is great for the environment. Check out our eco living section for other ideas.

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