Our rental home is sold! Score! We close at the end of the month and I’m beyond excited to end that chapter and move on to new adventures.
I want to share the changes I made to the kitchen as we wish farewell to the old house. The updates I made to the kitchen were so simple, but made a huge impact on the overall style of the kitchen. The cabinets were original to the home that was built in 1915 and they were still in decent condition. Unfortunately, they lacked style and design. The doors of the cabinets were flat and plain, but the size of the cabinets were the size of custom cabinets and worth keeping! All they needed was a little love…
To add some dimension to the cabinets, I used pieces of trim around the edges of the doors and cabinets. I also changed the hardware to include some pretty knobs and pulls. Here’s how you can try it in your home.
1/4″ x 2″ x 3 ft or 1/4″ x 3″ x 3 ft Poplar Wood trim
1/2″ Trim Nails
Measure the outside edges of the cabinet doors to get the length of the trim wood. The 3 foot length worked perfect for the height of my cupboards so the only wood that needed to be cut was the width of the cupboard door.
Once all the cabinet doors are measured start attaching the wood to the doors using a nail gun and trim nails in 1/2″ or 3/4″ size depending on your cabinet.
If the hardware needs to be moved, fill the existing holes and use a knob template to move it to a new position over the framing that was just added. I could not move the hardware without the template and I don’t suggest eyeballing it because your eyes will lie to you, trust me. 🙂
Use wood putty on the corners of the cabinets to fill any cracks or seams where the wood connects.
Lightly sand the trim and then apply your coats of paint. 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Oxford White in Satin covered the wood, but make your own judgement depending on how well it’s covering. Semi-gloss is also a great finish for cupboards to make cleaning a tad easier.
We also changed out the countertops, appliances, and added moulding along the ceiling. If you have soffits above the cabinets, paint it the same color as the cabinets so it makes the cabinets look taller and the ceiling higher!
The original cabinets now have personality and we didn’t have to spend thousands to achieve it! Always consider keeping the existing cabinets first and try to work with them by adding hardware or trim. The cost of the trim is very small compared to new cabinets with labor costs and we were able to keep these tall cabinets that we couldn’t afford otherwise.
The new countertops are from Home Depot and the knobs and pulls are from Menards. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (my favorite neutral!) and the cabinet color is Benjamin Moore Oxford White.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the rental kitchen cabinet makeover and comment below with any questions! Thanks for stopping by!