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Renewing kitchen fronts: a new look for old cabinets

You really don't want to see her anymore - but you have to every day. There are scratches here and there, the color is only acceptable because years ago it was seen everywhere as a trend color and one or the other door was easier to close. There is not much left of the former dream kitchen. But there is not enough money for a new one. Before you go to a specialist and don't even know where to get the money from, you can simply give your kitchen fronts a new look. New color, new handles, new splash guard? No problem with our instructions.

Renewing kitchen fronts: a new look for old cabinets
Renewing kitchen fronts: a new look for old cabinets

In what condition is your current kitchen?

An intact kitchen body is a prerequisite for the furniture fronts on the kitchen fronts: Open all cupboards and drawers and take a look at the walls from the inside. Are all still okay? Is one damaged? Obvious problems such as hanging doors should be noted down. Are they hanging doors? Then you may need a new concealed hinge or a new hinge. Or maybe it is enough to simply tighten both with a screwdriver. It depends on the individual case.

Stand in front of the kitchen and think about what exactly is on your mind. Is it the color Is it the kitchen handles? The panels above the floor? The sink? The faucet? The splash guard? The countertop? Whatever is bothering you, measure it and make a careful note of everything. Above all, the length and width of the furniture fronts and the length of the handles or the distance between the holes in which they are attached.

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Redesigning the kitchen front: what options are there?

In principle, the following options are available to renew the furniture fronts in the kitchen:

  • change
  • paint
  • foil

With all three redesign options, it is important to first unscrew the handles and store the screws (ideally in a jar or bag). Then unscrew the kitchen fronts yourself and remove the pot hinges. So the little metal part that connects the door and the inside of the cupboard. You should also keep these when they are still in use and you do not have to replace a broken hinge. Because the built-in hinges are suitable for exactly the built-in hinges.

Replace kitchen fronts

You have a huge selection of kitchen fronts in kitchen specialty shops as well as in furniture stores and of course on the Internet. Some manufacturers still have exchange fronts in stock even if they no longer sell the kitchen model themselves. It is worth asking if you want to replace a defective front. If you want to have completely different kitchen fronts, then you have to pay attention to the dimensions of the furniture. The smaller standard doors usually measure 60 x 60 centimeters. But of course there are others too. For these cases, there are several pages online that can make your new kitchen fronts to measure. Experienced craftsmen can also buy larger fronts and cut them to size. Or you can ask the carpenter on site. Also pay attention to the holes for the hinges and hinges as well as for the handles. You may have to have them specially drilled so that you do not have any problems when attaching and installing.

Painting kitchen fronts

In order to be able to repaint your kitchen fronts, you need to know what material they are made of and whether they are coated. Because it depends on which paint you need to buy. Unless you have kitchen fronts made of oiled wood - then unfortunately you cannot paint them at all. When buying the paint, make sure that it is really abrasion-resistant and water-repellent. Otherwise rub it off with the first dried tomato sauce stain. Before you can start painting, however, you must first thoroughly clean the dismantled kitchen fronts. Preferably with fat dissolving agents, abrasion with pure vinegar also helps. We also recommend sanding and priming the kitchen fronts. Some varnishes are only applied once, others twice, some three times. It is essential that you adhere to the drying times specified by the manufacturer between the individual layers. If you work with a brush and foam lacquer roller, you risk that lines and blobs of the unclean work will later be seen. A spray gun would be better. Then all you have to do is reattach the handles and pot hinges and the new look of your kitchen is ready.

Wrap the kitchen front

We can only answer the question “Can you wrap kitchen fronts?” In the affirmative. But only if no corner is missing on the furniture front. Otherwise you would still see that after wrapping. Wrapping the kitchen furniture is a creative, relatively quick and very effective way to make scratches and stains disappear. However, it is important that you choose a good kitchen foil. The thicker, the higher quality and the more durable. In terms of design, everything is possible these days: monochrome, multi-colored, wood or stone look, matt or glossy - whatever you want.

What does a kitchen front cost?

What exactly the redesign of the kitchen front will cost you depends on what you change and whether you do everything yourself, seek advice from a professional or have parts made to fit you exactly.

Kitchen fronts cost between 20 and several hundred euros per front. That depends on the material, the manufacturer and the coating. You have to calculate around 30 euros for a good kitchen foil per running kitchen meter. That makes several hundred euros for the entire kitchen front. A liter of kitchen furniture paint costs around 31 euros and you can paint around ten square meters. Some paint manufacturers sell kitchen prank kits. So everything you need to paint the kitchen fronts in a pre-assembled set.

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How can I redesign my kitchen?

Usually it is not just a matter of replacing the kitchen fronts, but also other parts of the kitchen are renewed in the process. There are endless possibilities for kitchen renovation. Where you start logically depends on what's broken or what you've grown tired of. Let our 20 simple tips for beautifying the kitchen inspire you. And the process of converting the kitchen should also be cleverly planned.

The floor: Before you rip out all of the floor, consider putting a vinyl or linoleum floor on top of the old tiles? The selection of possible kitchen floor coverings is large.

Splash protection on the wall: Even with the wall tiles, you don't have to pick up the hammer right away. How about if you painted the tiles? However, if the tiles fall off by themselves, you can also attach a new tile mirror yourself. Or would you like a different kind of kitchen rear wall design? How about glass, blackboard lacquer or a slate plate?

Countertop: Which kitchen worktop do you like best? If you've seen one that you've already fallen in love with, then the rest of the kitchen should match the countertop.

Lighting design: Is it just way too dim? A lack of light is a big problem, especially in the kitchen, because when it is a bit dark, a room can quickly appear dingy and oppressive. We have put together ten tips for the perfect kitchen lighting for you.

More room: Would you like more storage space? We have summarized the best ideas. To create additional work space, you could add a kitchen island. Or a slightly faster variant: a workbench for the kitchen.

The handles: Do not underestimate handles in a kitchen. They can complete a look or be a stumbling block yourself. If the handles still work and you like the shape, there is no reason to throw them away. Then when renovating the kitchen you can simply spray the handles with a color that matches the new kitchen fronts and attach them again. This is also very easy, because the handles are usually attached to the inside of the kitchen front with two screws.

If you want new handles, you should pay attention to the size. Or whether you can reuse the holes in the kitchen fronts for the new handles or whether you need to close them with wooden filler and possibly drill new, closer together holes. If you want to switch to a smaller, button-like handle with only one fixing point instead of a handle with two fixing points, you should only do this with light kitchen doors or drawers. Otherwise you'll have the handle in hand every time you open a closet.