Updating pine kitchen cabinets

If it’s a simple Shaker style, for example, it can be completely transformed.

Solid wood doors lend themselves best to being repainted, but melamine units can also be updated.

I would go for something simple with more of an industrial feel to go against the traditional cabinets.


Whether classic and muted, or bright and fresh, the colour in which units are painted completely dictates the look and feel of the whole kitchen design, and is a signature feature of styles such as Shaker and country.

Here’s one that’s similar to the pendants in the above photo: Are you living with oak cabinets?

Some acquaintances are about to buy a new (to them) home, one that has been in the hands of one owner since the 50s.

• The kitchen is much darker than it appears in these photographs (I pushed up the light to help you see the details). Overall, this kitchen has a lot in common with other Before/After kitchens we show you.


It's old, musty-smelling, and, while it has good bones, is in sore need of an update to make it feel modern and clean. (The doors need to be replaced, my friend wants drawers instead of lower cabinets.) Any experience with that level of a cabinet makeover?

Painted kitchens are often associated with higher end bespoke manufacturers of handmade solid wood units, but the beauty of painting cabinets is that the species of timber underneath doesn’t have to affect the end appearance.



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