Frame the shape of the door with flat or angled molding, or add an extra touch with details and faux-carved trim for the look of expensive cabinets at a fraction of the cost.
But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than (that’s a knob! To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades; 2-hole with 2-hole. Nothing works better for updating kitchen cabinets on a budget as quickly as fresh coat of paint.Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective -- a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner -- but the process is time-intensive.Paint the cabinet doors completely, including the edges, after adding molding and trim to make the pieces look as if they were designed that way.Paint the cabinets as well, if you like, for a fresh cabinet makeover after cleaning, sanding and wiping down the exposed cabinet surfaces.Use flat plank-style molding for a simple or modern look, or select angled moldings for another effect.
Sand the perimeter of each cabinet door, no matter what it is made of, to make the adhesive stick better.Crown molding adds a touch of class to the tops of tired cabinets for less than you’d expect.Three-inch, primed composite crown molding with a dentil design costs as little as for 8 feet.Use a wood glue for wooden cabinets and trim, or a multi-purpose construction adhesive suitable for laminates or non-wood surfaces, if either the cabinet doors or the moldings are not wood.Cut the molding at 45-degree angles for the corners if using angled moldings; flat moldings may be cut at 45- or 90-degree angles, with each piece butting up against its neighbors around the face of the door.Natural wood cabinets (especially cherry) will darken with age.