Updating almond melamine cabinets
The trick with these brilliant tones is to use enough to make an impact, yet not so much that they overwhelm your space.
Painting just a small segment of kitchen cabinetry — perhaps a wine cubby, the frame of an open shelf or a bank of upper cabinets like this one — strikes an ideal balance.
More expensive but still a good budget option if you keep the same kitchen layout: buy ready-to-assemble cabinets that you install yourself, or unpainted wood cabinets ready to stain or paint.
Here, a deep gray upper cabinet unit anchors the space and draws in the color from the adjacent accent wall. To pull them together, choose a backsplash material that incorporates both hues, as the tile in this kitchen does.
One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to refresh your kitchen is to give the cabinets a little face lift.
Sometimes, a little change such as adding/changing the hardware on the doors and drawers is enough.
This bright-white, melamine laminate finish paint comes in 1-quart containers, requires no primer for most surfaces and should provide the two coats it will take to cover approximately 50 sq. If you have a bigger budget, replace the cabinet doors only and paint the cabinet boxes to match, or paint cabinet faces in a contrasting color -- another relatively easy DIY project for most homeowners.
You can also add new hinges and matching hardware at the same time.