The simplest is to clean them and replace the hardware. If you want to take it a step further, prime, then paint them.
If you want a new look, you can paint your cabinets. Start by removing the doors and hardware, then clean everything completely. Be sure to number the doors and put the hardware for each door in it's own bag so they don't get lost or mixed up. Use a cleaner like TSP to make sure every bit of hand oils are removed before you start. Lightly sand the surface to make sure the paint will stick, then apply a good primer. Let that dry, then use a high number sand paper (280 or 300), followed by wiping all of the dust with a tack cloth. Next use a good paint in the color of your choice. Most companies now have a cabinet paint formula. It's best to use 2 thinner coats of paint instead of one thick coat. You can use a roller on flat surfaces, but you'll need a brush to get into groves and/or trim. It is best to start with the trim, then use the roller on the flat parts. That will help blend in any brush marks.
After the first coat dries, again use a high number sandpaper to gently smooth any bumps that appear in the paint then use the tack cloth. Next apply the second coat. With the doors, paint the inside of the door first and watch for side drips. Once the inside is completely dry, flip it over and do the outside. (Tip - raise your doors using hunks of wood or even empty yogurt containers so that paint doesn't stick to your protective covering under the doors. ) Let everything dry, put the hardware back on and hang the doors. Stand back and admire your work. :) Wishing you the best!
Painting cabinets is a great deal of work, and sometimes the outcome can be disappointing if the results do not meet with expectations.
Swapping the old hardware for new is much faster and easier, and can be a good way to instantly add new life to cabinets.
Hi ! I had dated builder grade 1970's oak cabinets , I hated the scalloped inset area . Our new retirement home needed to be brought out of the 70's !!! The kitchen was last on our list , but I thought I could at least change them , to hold me over . I did a lot of research to see if there was a way to skip the sanding process ! I found 2 ways, my sister used chalk paint and was sealed and I went with advance paint by Benjamin Moore . Both of our cabinets came out great and they have both held up well over the past 3 years . I also covered the inset section with beadboard , by glueing it down before painting . Look for my tutorial on this site called New kitchen on a budget , you can see the step by step instructions and tips to make the project easier . Good luck and post your before and after pictures !!!!
Here are my pictures !😄
Emily....I had a horrible dark dark dark oak....I finally cleaned well, primed and painted. It made it a lot better but took time and lots of patients...mark doors when you remove to get them back where they belong. I also added new hardware. Good change!
I highly recommend using this paint! https://bachelorettepadflip.com/2018/04/09/why-i-had-my-kitchen-cabinets-painted-twice-in-two-weeks/
Switching the hardware is an easy and budget friendly update
Emily...You can prime and paint, stencil or purchase decals and add or even mod podge. Good luck
I used a kit by Rust-Oleum called Cabinet Transformations to paint my cabinets. You can see how I did it here: https://www.flippingtheflip.com/2015/09/kitchen-cabinets-black.html. I also added new hardware as well.