Breathe New Life into Your Cabinets


When it comes to upgrading or refreshing your kitchen cabinets, there is a wide breadth of design tactics you can utilize to get the job done! A few months ago, we delved into the pros and cons of painting and refurbishing an older kitchen vs. starting fresh with new cabinetry! The verdict? Well it’s a little bit complicated to say the least, so you’ll have to give it a read before sinking your teeth into today’s post! Now for those of you that did manage to catch our previous blog, today is somewhat of an extension of that, so we’ll go over a few housekeeping items and refreshers to ensure we’re all on the same page when it comes to refreshing your cabinets versus starting over!

In summary:

  • If you plan on staying in the home for more than a few years, you’re most likely best served by starting fresh and putting the budget into new cabinetry, counter tops and appliances.
  • If the cabinets are in good shape and you like the lay out and overall design, sometimes a refresher, like a paint job, is a great option if you’re looking for a simple, quick cosmetic update.

So for those of you that have already invested in quality cabinetry that is still in great shape, but perhaps just needs a bit of TLC, below are four unique and effective ways to give your cabinets a refresh.

Four Ways to Refresh Your Cabinets

Replace Hardware


At Bloomsbury we always say a kitchen is like “The Little Black dress”, while the hardware is the jewelry. We all know that accessories can make or break an outfit and the same rings true for your kitchen! It’s incredible how much of an impact the hardware can have on the overall aesthetic of your cabinetry, so simply updating dated hardware to a fresher, more modern variety can really make all the difference!



Painting is another great way to breathe new life into your kitchen cabinets; however there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to do it right, and get quality results. If your kitchen cabinetry has already been stained or painted, then you have to be mindful and aware that the cabinetry will not accept a new paint finish; ie. it may begin to bubble and peel as the years go by. However, if your cabinets have not been previously painted then experimenting with different colours can truly transform and elevate the look of your cabinets.

Add Under-Cabinet Lighting


Installing lighting underneath your cabinets is a great way to highlight countertops, illuminate any dark spaces in your kitchen and give your space a warm, ambient glow! Not to mention, it will help make rummaging through your kitchen drawers just that much easier. If you want to give your kitchen space a truly custom feel, install adjustable dimming lights.

Install Roll-Out Shelving

shelving - Breathe New Life into Your Cabinets

One of the most common issues homeowners have with their kitchens is lack of organization, space and functionality. And when it comes to kitchen functionality, we’re kind of the experts… if we do say so ourselves! Yes… increasing your kitchen’s functionality can in fact be done without completely replacing your cabinetry by incorporating roll-out shelving to your bottom cabinets. Keep in mind that something like this should only be done if the current configuration of your kitchen cabinets already makes sense and works for you!

At the end of the day, investing in quality cabinetry right from the beginning is the only way you are truly going to achieve the kitchen of your dreams! So if your kitchen cabinetry is already in great shape and the layout works, try breathing new life into your cabinets by implementing the above design techniques! Happy designing!