top of page

9 Ways to Upgrade, Repair, and Reconfigure Your Kitchen Cabinets by Laura Newcomer

New cabinets are a major investment. In fact, data suggests fresh cabinetry can eat up nearly 50 percent of the cost for a total kitchen makeover. If you can avoid replacing your kitchen cabinets, you can save some serious dough—and free up cash for other home renovation projects.

If that sounds easier said than done, it’s time to change the way you think about your current cabinetry. With a little imagination (and some elbow grease), there are countless ways to repair, refurbish, reconfigure, and otherwise upgrade your kitchen cabinets so they continue to suit you as your functional needs and aesthetic preferences evolve. Then of course there are times it makes more sense to go ahead and start fresh. Here are nine stellar ideas, plus signs that it’s time to fully replace your cabinets.

1 Make Repairs

Cabinets can become damaged in a variety of ways, from termites to moisture exposure and plain-old wear and tear. But these damages don’t have to be a death sentence. If the damage isn’t extensive, it might be possible to repair the cabinet(s) in question. If you know your way around a toolbox, you may be able to complete the repairs yourself. Otherwise, consult a professional to determine whether repairs are in order.