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.
According to glass insert manufacturer Bendheim, refacing your cabinets costs about 20% of what replacing them would cost.
Not all cabinet doors are candidates for a changeover, however.
You’ll need the kind of door with a removable panel.
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. “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.
But at about $8 each, you can afford to buy several and scatter them around.