How can I makeover cabinets without painting them?

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We have painted our cabinets probably 4 -5 times in 21 years. I plan to move the handles to the bottom of the cabinet to update them a little. We would like an alternative to paint and need cheap tips and/or suggestions. Thanks so much!
q how can i makeover cabinets without painting them
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  • Ken Ken on Jul 02, 2018
    There is Contact paper available in wide sheets and various designs.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jul 02, 2018
    you really only have a few choices... paint them, replace them... or just replace the door and drawer fronts (or retro fit the lowers with drawers) or put an overlay on the door.. perhaps add wood to give them a Shaker look... changing the hardware itself as well as the placement will help too.

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    • 27524803 27524803 on Jul 03, 2018
      Overlay another material onto the cabinet fronts and door and drawer fronts.... aka... cabinet re-facing....
      But I think that using a bead board panel and then trim/framing out the doors to look like Shaker style cabinets... would work in your kitchen too... depending on the wood you choose... it could be painted or stained.

  • Beth Beth on Jul 03, 2018
    When you move the handles you will have to patch the holes, so you could: (a) re-paint, (b)cover with contact paper, or (c) since the handles are so close to the edge of the doors, you could add trim molding, which would greatly enhance their looks, but you would have to paint the trim to match the cabinets. If the cabinets have not been painted in years, the paint won't match and you'll have to repaint anyway. This center cabinet seems to be longer than the ones on either side -- could you remove its doors and use open shelving there?

  • You could try some contact paper (peel and stick wallpaper). I used some on the edges of drawers for this dresser and I love it. https://www.makingmanzanita.com/peel-and-stick-wallpaper-to-the-sides-of-drawers/

  • 16999903 16999903 on Jul 03, 2018
    Refacing you cabinet doors would be ideal, but painting is the biggest bang for your buck! Good luck and send pictures!

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jul 03, 2018
    Why not replace the door fronts?

    • Yolonda Yolonda on Jul 03, 2018
      The door fronts are soild wood, so we only want to change them cosmetically. 😊

  • Beth Beth on Jul 04, 2018
    Yolanda, Wal-mart has begun to carry a nice assortment of patterned contact paper. I imagine Lowe's, Target and Home Depot would probably, also.

    • Yolonda Yolonda on Jul 09, 2018
      I bought contact paper at Lowe's and Wal-Mart, and after trying Wal-Mart contact paper, I realized I like Lowe's better. I hope to give an update with pictures soon.