How To Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets On The Cheap

Posted on: 28 July 2015

Remodeling your kitchen cabinets is a great way to make the entire room look much more up-to-date. Of course, it is also a great way to make your kitchen customized to your daily cooking and storage needs. But a full-scale kitchen cabinet remodel is beyond the budget of many homeowners. Luckily, there is a great option for customers who have a limited budget. This article will explain how to remodel your kitchen cabinets by changing the doors and molding. It will also show how you can make the remodel even more affordable by doing some of the preparation work on your own.

The Important Design Elements

If you look at most cabinet systems, you will notice that there are three basic elements: the cabinet boxes, the doors and the molding. The cabinet boxes are usually just simple and square. The most important and defining design elements on the cabinet will be the doors and the molding. So, you can change the doors and molding, and keep the main cabinet box to give your kitchen a completely different look without costing too much money. The best part of this remodel project is that you can do much of the work on your own.

Removing the Doors

Removing the doors is very simple. You just need a power drill so you can remove the screws from the hinges. There are usually two screws in each hinge. If you are installing new doors, you might as well also install new hinges. You can enjoy the greater functionality and convenience of modern, soft-closing hinges.

Removing the Molding

Removing the molding is slightly trickier. First, you need to cut away any caulk along either edge of the molding using a utility knife. Then, lightly hammer a small flat head screwdriver underneath the molding and try to pry up. You might need to pry with two screwdrivers at once to get leverage. The difficulty of removing the molding will depend on how many nails are used, how large they were and if adhesive was also used.

Once the doors and molding are removed from your cabinet, it will basically be ready for the new products to be installed. First, you want to have a cabinet specialist come to your house and examine your cabinets. They will be able to bring sample doors and molding so you can decide which will look the best in your kitchen. Of course, you will save a little more cash on labor since you already did the prep work yourself. To find out more about kitchen cabinets, contact a company like Olson Cabinets & Woodworking Inc.


home renovation - when to call the pros

My husband and I thought it would be a nice idea to buy an older house and renovate it from top to bottom. We got in there, did a lot of demo work, and then things started going south in many areas of the house. We learned a lot while we were working together, especially when to call in the professional renovation contractor for help. Thankfully, we found a contractor that was patient, fair and did really great work. You can use our experience to get an idea about what home remodeling projects are possible to do on your own and what you should call the professionals in for.