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Basic Kitchen Cabinets

Paint If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered. Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness. These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden. Behr recommends using semi-gloss enamel for painting cabinets. Add Task Lighting or Uplighting Installing lighting on cabinets isn’t just a practical improvement. It can make the whole room glow, especially if you take a multi-directional approach. This kitchen features uplighting from energy-efficient LED tape on the top cabinets, and task lighting from LED under-cabinet fixtures on the bottom cabinet, both from Kichler. Kichler recommends dimmable task lighting for the kitchen so that you can make it as bright as necessary for doing prep work but dial it down for evening mood-setting. Remove the Doors Lighten up a heavy, closed-off kitchen by converting your ordinary cabinets to open shelving. The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “I have loved the open shelf concept,” Meek says. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware. The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap. Add Glass Door Inserts According to glass insert manufacturer Bendheim, refacing your cabinets costs about 20% of what replacing them would cost. Plus, it’s a project you can do yourself over a weekend without losing the use of your kitchen. There are plenty of options besides plain clear glass: you can choose from etched (shown), fluted, crackled, colored or patterned glass, and set off your new look with interior cabinet lighting. Install Roll-Out Shelving Custom kitchens have lots of built-in features to add functionality, but there’s no reason you can’t have the same perks on a budget. Roll-out shelves for bottom cabinets are a must — these sturdy bamboo drawers from The Container Store are easy to install with just a screwdriver or drill. Replace Door Fronts With Chicken Wire With some chicken wire and white chalk paint, craft blogger Amy Gregson transformed her builder-grade oak cabinets into her dream farmhouse kitchen. “It really lightened the space up and gave it a ton of personality,” she says. “It makes me smile every time I walk in there!” See how she did it here; since the original blog post was written, she has painted the lower cabinets navy blue and installed bright-white countertops (shown). Add Crown Molding If you have solid but unremarkable builder-grade cabinets, the simplest route to a high-end look is adding some height with crown molding. Interior designer Sarah Macklem of The Yellow Cape Cod tackled this project in her own kitchen with striking results. Add Lid Storage Pots and their lids are great partners on the stove, but inside the kitchen cabinet, not so much. Get a handle on the havoc and make your cabinets more functional by storing lids on the door with a minimalist rack like this steel model from The Container Store. Spice Up Your Doors The backside of a kitchen cabinet door is a space with great potential that’s too often wasted. A spice rack is an ideal way to put it to use — it frees up the inside of the cabinet and keeps all those tiny bottles neat and readable at eye level. Designer Jan Goldman of Kitchen Elements had this cabinet custom-made for her client, but there are lots of prefab wall-mounted options available designed specifically for spice storage. Swap Out Boring Hardware A fresh take on knobs and pulls is one of the quickest fixes for what ails your kitchen cabinets. Browse for new options at your local big-box store, at handcrafted glass or metal shops or from specialty retailers like Restoration Hardware, which stocks this knob in amber, green, violet, black and clear glass. Add Adhesive Backing Peel-and-stick adhesive backing has come a long way, baby — there’s a pattern available for every kitchen style these days, and you can even design your own at Spoonflower. This cabinet was lined with Spoonflower’s removable wallpaper by DIY blogger Jessi Wohlwend a PracticallyFunctional.com (the design shown is “quatrefoil lg yellow” by designer misstiina). Install Under-Cabinet Shelving Don’t forget the dead air space underneath upper shelves — it’s a smart place to stash mugs, dessert plates, baking sheets and other compact kitchen items. The Container Store offers under-cabinet shelving in vinyl-coated wire that adds usable real estate to existing cabinets without taking up any extra space in your kitchen.
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Basic Kitchen Cabinets

Get all the extra storage space you need for your kitchen with cabinets from Lowe’s. If you’re shopping for new cabinets, try our Kitchen Cabinet Buying Guide and Cabinet Accessory Buying Guide. If you already have cabinets that you’d like to upgrade, try cabinet refacing, replacement cabinet doors or new cabinet doors. Update the look of your kitchen with cabinet accessories like backsplashes, crown moulding, end panels or fill strips, or simply maintain them with cabinet knobs, cabinet pulls, cabinet hinges and other cabinet hardware. Want to take a leap and try out the look of white kitchen cabinets? Maybe you like the look of shaker cabinets? Or do you want to stay with the classic wood cabinets? Shop our selection of KraftMaid cabinets in your local store to get the look you love. Lowe’s also has tons of options to choose from when it comes to kitchen organization, kitchen flooring and kitchen faucets too. You can also learn how to install backsplash, paint cabinets and get kitchen ideas and kitchen island ideas. Make sure you check out our how-to projects you can do yourself to improve both the look and functionality of your cabinets. Cabinets aren’t just for kitchen; shop Lowe’s selection of spacious garage cabinets and laundry room cabinets. Remember, you’ll always find great kitchen cabinet savings and deals at Lowe’s.
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Basic Kitchen Cabinets

Let Lowe’s Open Your Mind to New Cabinet Possibilities Get all the extra storage space you need for your kitchen with cabinets from Lowe’s. If you’re shopping for new cabinets, try our Kitchen Cabinet Buying Guide and Cabinet Accessory Buying Guide. If you already have cabinets that you’d like to upgrade, try cabinet refacing, replacement cabinet doors or new cabinet doors. Update the look of your kitchen with cabinet accessories like backsplashes, crown moulding, end panels or fill strips, or simply maintain them with cabinet knobs, cabinet pulls, cabinet hinges and other cabinet hardware. Want to take a leap and try out the look of white kitchen cabinets? Maybe you like the look of shaker cabinets? Or do you want to stay with the classic wood cabinets? Shop our selection of KraftMaid cabinets in your local store to get the look you love. Lowe’s also has tons of options to choose from when it comes to kitchen organization, kitchen flooring and kitchen faucets too. You can also learn how to install backsplash, paint cabinets and get kitchen ideas and kitchen island ideas. Make sure you check out our how-to projects you can do yourself to improve both the look and functionality of your cabinets. Cabinets aren’t just for kitchen; shop Lowe’s selection of spacious garage cabinets and laundry room cabinets. Remember, you’ll always find great kitchen cabinet savings and deals at Lowe’s.
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Basic Kitchen Cabinets

Hang the Wall Cabinets Attach as many cabinets together as you can safely lift and install on the ledger board — usually two. Use clamps to fix the stiles (the vertical pieces on the face of the cabinet frames) of the cabinets together and check for plumb, making sure the fronts of the cabinets are flush. Next, predrill and secure the two cabinets together at the stile with the screws (Image 1). Affix one screw on the top and bottom in the front and back where the two cabinets meet. Lift the cabinets onto the ledger board and check for plumb and level. Shim the cabinets if necessary. Once you have shimmed for plumb and level, secure the cabinets into the wall at the studs. Be sure to predrill and affix the screws through the thicker framing piece along the top of the cabinets. Check for plumb and level while you’re securing the cabinets. Repeat this process for all of the wall cabinets. If a gap exists between wall and the last cabinet, use a filler bar (supplied by the manufacturer) to enclose the gap. Before securing the last cabinet, measure, mark, cut and secure this piece to the side of the last cabinet. After all the cabinets are in place, attach the doors and hardware. Remove the ledger board when you are finished installing the wall cabinets.

Basic Kitchen Cabinets

Basic Kitchen Cabinets
Basic Kitchen Cabinets
Basic Kitchen Cabinets

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