Perk up your kitchen cabinets for less than $10 - My WAHM Plan

Perk up your kitchen cabinets for less than $10

Welcome to my new series of home improvement, D.I.Y. and housekeeping posts! We are doing projects on a budget, happily applying common sense and a healthy dose of elbow grease.  I hope you’ll stop by often to see what we’ve been up to.  

Kitchen Cabinet Help on a Budget:

Are you tired of your drab kitchen cabinets? Wish you could replace them? That’s where we are too. 
When we bought this house several years ago, it was our plan to update the whole house starting with the kitchen and baths. My husband is a professional cabinet maker/woodworker, so finding the right person for the job isn’t the problem. Time and money is. 

With company coming soon, I decided to do something about my kitchen cabinets.
First I borrowed my husband’s Formby’s Lemon Oil furniture treatment and one of his soft cloths. He said it was the best choice for what I wanted to do. He's the pro, so I knew our cabinets wouldn't get damaged.

As you can tell by the label, this stuff has been used and around for a while. It has a nice, mild lemony scent and isn’t real greasy.


After reading the simple directions, I squeezed a small amount on my cloth and set to work. 

Lemon oil
You can barely make out the little yellow spot in this picture.  

This is a before picture of my 1st cabinet:


As you can see, the cabinet doesn’t look dirty, just a bit drab.

But the cloth after applying the Formby’s on this one cabinet tells a different story: 

applying Formby's

I keep a pretty neat and tidy home if I do say so myself, so I wasn’t prepared for this yuckiness! I got back to work, applying a liberal amount of enthusiasm to the task. For me there is just something elemental and comforting about doing a task with my hands that allows my mind to work on other stuff. That’s called being in the zone and I like it.

See how shiny the cabinet door looks?

shiny with Formby's

I am very pleased with my new shiny, clean kitchen cabinets! Formby’s even shined up the hardware without making it greasy to the touch. I smile each time I walk in the kitchen. 

This is such a quick and inexpensive way to brighten up your kitchen.
Total project cost = Zero, because we had the Formby’s on hand. I found several companies selling this product online for less than 10 dollars!
Total project time: To complete 13 upper and lower cabinets, inside and out plus drawers = 2 hours. 

I hope you will try Formby’s on your kitchen cabinets too and stop back by and let me know what you think. I’ll be doing the bathroom cabinets next.

What are you working on around your home? 


  1. This is great! We use Olde English Lemon for wood, however I've been a bit disappointed the last few times I've done the kitchen cabinets. I most definately will try this!

    Thanks very much for the review and sharing your beautiful results!

  2. Hi Penny,

    I am glad you found this helpful! I know you will like the results.

    Have a great day!

  3. Wow that worked great! They look terrific!

  4. that looks great, I hope I can repair some water damage on our cabinets, thanks for the post

  5. Beautiful - I need to try that out on mine..they are looking a bit dingy! :p

  6. I am not working on any home jobs but now I have an idea! lol Thanks for the information.

  7. Its amazing what a good cleaner can do to your cabinets

  8. Hi Heidi,

    Formby's really did work great and thank you!

    Have a great day.

  9. Hi Maria,

    Water damage is the worst to fix. I wish you good luck on that project.
    Thanks for stopping by busy lady!

  10. Hi Jamie,

    Yes, please do try it! You will be amazed at how much better your cabinets look. :-)

  11. Hi Victoria,

    You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

    Happy Monday!

  12. Hi Tara,

    It really is amazing. I am a believer in Formby's for sure.

    Have a happy day!

  13. I just purchased a similar product to clean my white kitchen cabinets. It works great getting off the grease and dirt, really makes them look new.

  14. That is a great idea. Just to spruce up a faded look.

  15. I have not heard of this brand before but love the results.

  16. Wow this is a neat idea thanks for sharing :)

  17. Wow Those cabinets look amazing. You did a great job.

  18. These are great tips and I would love to use them with my kitchen remodel!

  19. I can not find this on any store up in Michigan, wondering if it is on Amazon


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