I really disliked our kitchen cabinets when we bought the Brooklyn House. A lot. For one, the two sets of cabinets didn't match, and they were the flattest, most boring cabinets in the history of kitchen cabinets. Okay, I am being a bit dramatic, but they had to go.
I think a lot of people would have ripped them out. To each their own, but I wanted to save them. The cabinets are well-made and fit the layout well. So they stay. The great thing about the cabinets being flat is that it makes adding trim a lot easier.
We purchased 2" x .25" trim from Lowes. Make sure to measure the needed length of trim at least twice before purchasing. I think we made about three trips to the store. :)
Brian cut the trim to size at a 90 degree angle. In retrospect, we should have just cut a straight line. That is how most Shaker cabinets seem to look, and it is a lot easier to measure that way. Oh well, learned for next time. When we removed the existing hardware, it left these ugly holes, so we filled those with wood filler. We also filled the corner seams for a more polished look.
We did the same treatment on all of the drawers. Same process here, except we didn't fill the holes since we were putting in the same size drawer pulls. One thing we did not do (but should have) is caulk the gap between the original drawer front and new trim. Duh. Another thing to do next time. And we know there will be a next time since we have almost the exact same cabinets in the Myrtle House.
After drying for a day or two, we moved on to paint! To be honest, this was more time-consuming than putting on the trim. We used the oil based paint that the cabinets were already painted in, but we had to do two thick coats on all of the new trim to get the old and new wood to match.
I think it makes a world of difference! So much cheaper than replacing all of those cabinets. Also, a little hardware goes a long way. I splurged a little on these pretty glass knobs, but I have no regrets.
Here is the before and after side by side.
And here is the kitchen all done when we moved out. :)