If you’re planning to update your kitchen cabinets, you’ll want to make sure that their new finish will match your countertops. Most countertops have complex designs, making it difficult to find the right color or style for your cabinets. Depending on what type of countertop you have, there is a matching process that you’ll need to go through to make sure that your cabinets match well with the rest of the kitchen. Find out how to coordinate your kitchen cabinets with your existing countertops with these tips!


The Do’s and Don’ts of a Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts so that your kitchen becomes a masterpiece and not a mess. Two of the most important parts of your kitchen are the cabinets and countertops, and while they can withstand years of use and wear, they often need an update every once in a while. However, if you’re looking to replace your countertop with something new or wanting to update your old cabinets, keep in mind some of the following tips to get the best bang for your buck. First, don’t neglect your budget. Kitchen remodels typically cost thousands of dollars, and that can come from installing new countertops alone. If you’re working with a small budget, consider refacing or refinishing your cabinets rather than installing new ones, or go for a cheaper type of countertop, like laminate, that will give you the same great look at a fraction of the price of other countertop materials. Second, consider how you’re going to use the space. Your kids might do their homework on the kitchen countertop so it’ll need to be made out of sturdy, clean material that won’t stain easily or get damaged. You might need an island in the middle of the space to help as you cook and prepare meals, so you’ll want to budget in the cost of putting a specific countertop on the island and see if it will function with the rest of the kitchen. Lastly, don’t play it too safe. If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, it’s a good idea to avoid a cookie-cutter design and use materials for your cabinets and countertops that give your kitchen life and personality. Visual interest is important for prospective buyers, so give your kitchen a pop of color with accessories or a new finish.


How To Connect Cabinets & Countertops

After considering the do’s and don’ts of a kitchen remodel, it’s time to focus on the cabinets and countertops. Keep in mind, materials cost a lot during this process, so stick to your budget. The type of cabinet finish or countertop material you choose will depend on the overall design and style of the kitchen. Those who want a traditional-looking interior or a big, lighted area, flecked white countertops offer a clean look to your kitchen without being overpoweringly white. For a contemporary, cool feel, wood countertops are becoming increasingly more popular as they offer both traditional and contemporary elements without feeling too formal. You can go for lighter wood countertops to seem more casual or darker wood for an expensive, polished look. If you want the most neutral option available, midtone or gray countertops are for you. Gray countertops aren’t too light or too dark, but they still cover up stains really well. They can be flecked with light or darker colors to make them more complex, and they pair really well with bright colored cabinetry.


Choosing cabinets that work with your countertops involves basically the same process as choosing countertops that work in your kitchen: focus on the design and style of the layout. If you have wooden cabinets like cherry, maple, pine or oak, it will be much easier for you to decide which countertops to match them to than other materials like metal or laminate. For starters, maple cabinets look really great in both contemporary and traditional kitchens, so if you’re wanting flecked white, wood or gray countertops, maple is one of your best choices. Cherry is a great accent to other wood materials in a kitchen, so you can pair it easily with light or dark wood countertops. Oak is super durable (great for families who are constantly in and out of their cabinets) and it can be paired with both dark and light countertops, as well. Plus, oak looks great when refinished, making it one of your top choices if you’re trying to save money.


What A Refinish Can Do For Outdated CabinetsClose up of a man's hand using a power sander to refinish wood

Once you’ve decided what type of countertop you’d like, consider the style, color and structural integrity of your current kitchen cabinets. Even after years of use, most cabinets are still in pretty great shape and don’t need replacing. In the majority of cases, a simple finish can give your cabinets life again. Not only does refinishing cost you less than refacing or replacing, but it gives your cabinets a facelift that is comparable to new cabinets. The process of refinishing is simple: your cabinet doors, drawers and fronts are washed, hand-sanded, primed, caulked and then sprayed with your choice of finish before being coated with three coats of high-end acrylic coatings to ensure a durable end product. This process creates an entirely new look to your cabinets that is both beautiful and long-lasting. You get to choose what type of finish you’d like and in what color, allowing you the opportunity to personalize your kitchen how you’d like it.


Get A Beautiful Kitchen With Our Help!

At Summit Cabinet Coatings, we offer beautiful, durable finishes for cabinetry in your kitchen that will last for years to come. Call our office at (970) 282-9856 for a FREE estimate on your next cabinet project. We ensure that newly-finished cabinets done by us will look great with both simple and complex countertops, and will exceed your expectations. Call today to get the kitchen of your dreams!