If your kitchen needs a major lift, cabinets are the place to start, but they can also be expensive to update. Here’s a breakdown of what you can DIY, and when you should call a professional.

When to DIY

Replacing Hardware

Replacing hardware is the quickest and most affordable way to spruce up dated cabinets. There are thousands of options, whether you love the vintage feel of brass hardware, the shabby chic look of colorful ceramic handles, or the modern look of sleek T-bar handles.

Ginsco Vintage Brass Kitchen Drawer Pull and Knob set available from Amazon

Set of 25 Blue and White Ceramic Knobs available from Amazon

Gobrico Kitchen Cabinet T-Bar Modern Handles available from Amazon

Painting

Painting is one of the most dramatic changes you can make to your kitchen cabinets without breaking the bank, and it’s a great option for cabinets with good bones but a dated stain or color. Choose lighter colors like white or eggshell blue to make a small kitchen seem larger.

KILZ Tribute Matte Paint and Primer available from Amazon

Removing Doors

For a more open feeling, remove select cabinet doors. Just be sure to display your prettiest dishes, and keep the area neat. A removable wallpaper backing in a colorful pattern can also make plain white dishes pop.

Blue Links Peel an Stick Wallpaper available from Amazon

When to Call a Professional

Complete Resurfacing

Sometimes a big investment in your kitchen is unavoidable. Fortunately, cabinet resurfacing can transform your space at a fraction of the cost of complete replacement. For this job, you’ll want the help of a carpenter.

Find a professional carpenter in your area.