If you’re bored with your kitchen but don’t want to rip out your cupboards, you can still give the room an entirely new look simply by changing your kitchen cupboard doors. Opt to fit kitchen cupboard doors in a variety of finishes from traditional pine to high gloss black, or pick unfinished doors and create incredible effects yourself that will turn your kitchen into a unique space that completely reflects your personality. Take a look at these four ideas that you can use to turn unfinished replacement kitchen cupboard doors into real works of art.
Decoupage has been a popular decoration technique for hundreds of years and it’s very easy, if a little time consuming to create an incredible effect with it. You can choose traditional images for your decoupaged cupboards or go for something ultra-modern and different, such as using old comics or foreign currency to cover your doors. You can use ordinary PVA glue to stick your images to your doors and once the images are bone dry give them a layer of varnish to make them durable and water resistant.
Perfect Paint Effects Paint effects are often associated with the 1990s but giving furniture the onceover with a tin of paint in very much back in. You can give wooden kitchen cupboard doors a fabulous aged effect that will evoke French farmhouses and cute country kitchens by painting your wood with a base colour, leaving it to dry then adding a layer of contrasting paint. Once that’s dry use coarse sandpaper and gently begin to rub away the top layer of paint. Sand the areas where natural wear and tear would occur, such as around the corners or any bevelling or moulding. Pale pastels will look incredible in a country kitchen, whilst cupboards doors in contrasting colours will make a modern kitchen pop.
Glorious Gold Leaf Spaces that feel cold and dark certainly aren’t welcoming, but you don’t need to add more windows or start knocking down walls to make your kitchen seem brighter. You can find books of gold or gold effect leaf for sale online very cheaply and cover your kitchen doors in luxury without breaking the bank. Once you’ve got the hang of it gold leaf is easy to apply and it can be varnished once you’re satisfied with your results. Alternatively, you can find metallic leaf in a number of different effects like silver, copper and brass. Those with an eye for design could even try a mixture of different metal leaf for an eyecatching patchwork effect.
Super Stencilling Retro and vintage patterns are bang on trend and you can incorporate the classic designs of the 1940s, 50s and 60s into your kitchen by stencilling your kitchen cupboard doors. There are an endless array of different stencils to choose from. Most are made from a sheet of plastic and are affixed to the area you’re stencilling. Then a specialist stippling brush or paint spray is used to create the stencilled effect. Pick geometric shapes, space aged images and bold polka dots to hot the retro look on the trend. You can even carry your design through into your soft furnishings by using fabric paints to repeat your stencilling onto your tablecloths, soft furnishing and window dressings.