When it comes to giving your kitchen a bright new look, you don’t necessarily need to rip out and replace everything. Repainting or replacing just the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and shelves, along with installing new hardware, can make for an amazing facelift.
Most of the wear and tear on kitchen cabinets, along with the outdated look, is on the outside of the cabinets, on the doors and drawer fronts. If the structure of your cabinets (the cabinet boxes) is in fairly good shape then there really is no need to replace them. The only reason you might want to do so is if you’re planning a complete kitchen remodel, or if the boxes are in really poor condition.
Kitchen cabinets can be either frameless (Euro-style) or faceframed. If you have framed cabinets, you’ll probably want to refinish or replace the face frames as well.