Updating a white kitchen
What you don't need is a whole lot of money, as the transformation will cost you a fraction of even the cheapest new cabinets.And that's news that should sure light up your day.The shelf resembles a shallow drawer that glides out for easy access to items stored in the back of the cabinet.Our shelf was built for a standard 24-inch-deep by 33-inch-wide base cabinet, but its design is adaptable to virtually any size cabinet.Because these thick wood-slab tops have their edge or end grain exposed, they are stronger than wood laid on the flat.That means they resist warping and nicks better than laminate and almost as well as stone.But more often than not, the room itself lacks those attributes. Your cavelike kitchen feels that way because the dark cabinets have sucked all the light out of the room.But a brighter makeover doesn't necessarily mean replacing those gloomy boxes with all-new ones.
The basic installation sequence is straightforward: You want to get everything straight, plumb, and level. For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Hang Kitchen Cabinets.
It's amazing what a little veneer and some new doors can do to brighten an aging space.
Both are available through woodworking companies, and some manufactures offer peel-and-stick veneer to make the task simpler. Work carefully, and your kitchen will look brand-new in no time.
A sturdy, high-quality one can leave a thousand-dollar dent in your finances, but as general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates, you can enhance a few stock kitchen base cabinets with molding, furniture feet, and knobs to produce a handcrafted piece for a fraction of the cost of buying one ready-made.
Opt for unfinished 15- or 18-inch cabinets fitted with doors and operable drawers (not the fake drawer fronts used for sink cabinets) and take a day to put all the pieces together.