Are your cabinets in need of a good refresh? There is no time like now to give your winter-dull cabinets a mini spring makeover. With some cleaning and a few added pops of color, you can breathe new life into tired or dull cabinets in one afternoon.
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Clean & Organize Inside Cabinets
Begin your spring refresh by removing everything from inside of your cabinets, one section at a time. Wipe the shelves down and organize all of your dishes (and containers, pots and pans, silverware, etc.) before putting everything back. This is a great time to get rid of those odds and ends that you don’t use anymore – lids that don’t have a match, beat up cups or dishes, and old containers with cracks or discoloration.
Don’t forget your pantry! Start by setting up a few different bags, one for garbage, one to give away or donate, and one to keep (only items you will use). Then remove everything and sort into the bags. Check expiration dates and throw-out anything expired or stale. If you haven’t used something in the last year, then you probably won’t. If it’s still good, donate it to your local food pantry. Once you’ve sorted through everything (don’t forget the spices), wipe down the shelves and you are ready to put everything back in an organized manner. Place similar items together and don’t be afraid to label different sections of your pantry, this will encourage you to continue to put groceries away in an organized manner.
*Tip: Buy some baskets to hold items that don’t stack easily or fit neatly on shelves.
Cleaning Knobs & Pulls
Finish out your cabinet cleaning with your knobs and pulls. These are some of the dirtiest items in the kitchen. If yours seem extra dirty or greasy, you might need to remove them to get them thoroughly clean. Otherwise, you can use warm soapy water (or distilled vinegar and water) and a dishcloth. Dip the dish cloth in the water mixture and wipe down the knobs and pulls. You can also use a soft toothbrush for spot cleaning. Go over the hardware with a clean, wet cloth to remove any soap residue, then make sure you dry them. You can also use a dry chamois cloth to buff and shine the hardware.
If cleaning your hardware doesn’t quite freshen things up like you were hoping, try swapping out your knobs and pulls for new ones. This can dramatically change the look and feel of your whole kitchen, and will take you less than an afternoon’s time to complete.
Add Some Color
Now that your cabinets are clean and your hardware polished, you can take your spring refresh a step further by adding a splash of color with paint. Or for a bit bigger impact, you could reface your cabinets in a key area, like the island, for a nice burst of color.
If you’re a little nervous about making any big changes, an easy and unique way to incorporate color is by painting the interior of your cabinets. Try a vibrant hue like deep aqua blue, lemon yellow, or a soothing green. This is a favorite trick of designers and happens to be a huge trend for 2016. But if you’re ready something a little more dramatic, consider painting or refacing your island in a contrasting color to the rest of your cabinets. Some hot colors currently are grey, pale or aqua blue, and black.
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