Cabinets looking dull and outdated? Need a new look? Updating your cabinets may be easier than you think.

Whether you update with a new paint colour, molding or new hardware, you can save yourself a lot of money by doing it yourself. In fact, you will save thousands of dollars that it would cost to replace them.

You can start to give your cabinets a makeover with a fresh coat of paint. As long as the frames and doors are structurally sound, begin by cleaning the cabinets. In kitchens, good paint prep is key to a good paint job. Kitchen cabinets can be covered in grease and dirt, so you have to work hard to get everything off the surface so the paint will stick. You will need to use a strong cleaner. Then sand down the surfaces with medium-grit sandpaper and when finished give them a good wipe with a dry cloth to remove all dust.

You have the option to hire a professional to spray-paint your cabinets, but this can be quite pricey. Painting them your self takes a bit longer than spraying them, but costs less messy and with the right paint, the result can be a durable, smooth finish equal to a spray gun. Choose a semi-gloss finish because of its durability and ease of cleaning.

Modern doesn’t have to be plain white or beige; choose a colour that will make your kitchen look fresh and cheery. Bright colours like turquoise remain a popular choice. If you prefer to stick with a more neutral colour, such as grey or beige, consider using different shades of it to add depth and interest to your space.

Once the paint job is finished, choose new modern hardware to complete the look. Another option to redoing your cabinets is to refresh the look with molding, which you can easily learn to do yourself.

If a complete cabinet overhaul isn’t in your budget, try these budget-friendly ways to get your kitchen cabinets looking good as new. It’s amazing how a cabinet makeover really can transform your space.