Published at Friday, March 31st 2017, 23:04:23 PM by steven. Cupboard. Pros and Cons of Kitchen Cupboard Resurfacing There are many benefits to having your kitchen, bathroom or office cupboards remodeled by resurfacing them. There are a few things that are not so good. My views on the pros and cons of renovating cabinets in this way come from thirty years of custom kitchen fabrication and home renovations. The process I will be discussing is recovering old Formica plastic laminate with new Formica. One of the most common questions people ask is; "does the old Formica get peeled off?" My answer is almost always; "no". The process involves roughing up the existing surface with sand paper and covering over the top of the existing plastic. Buying and Flipping Houses One of the things that I have noticed is that contractors, Realtors and people looking to make a few dollars from buying and selling houses, oftentimes will get estimates on resurfacing cupboards. Covering over the old laminate and installing new doors is a reasonably priced, quick fix way of remodeling an ugly kitchen or bathroom in comparison to installing new cabinetry. One of the BIG PROS of resurfacing is that a contract can be signed today and the cabinets be completed within four days. That is if there are not special order doors involved and the plastic laminate is available for next day delivery. Some Old Cupboards Still Have Wrinkles Even though your kitchen may get a face-lift on the outside, many things will still "mark" the cabinetry as being old. Things like water damaged areas around the sink, drawers that just dont move smoothly and dated materials used on the interiors of cabinets years ago will be noticeable. Even though the outside will look like brand new-the inside of the cabinets almost always show signs that they are older cupboards. How Good Will the New Surface Adhere? If your existing Formica laminate is adhered really well, then the chances of the new plastic staying secured to the old are really good. If you have several areas that are coming loose, then you will have problems down the road. Sure the installer can glue the loose areas down before gluing the new covering on top, but this is not going to stop the process of the old mica letting loose over the course of time. I would say that this is one of the biggest cons of recovering plastic laminate cabinets. Design Limitations What you see is what you get. There is not much that can be changed with an existing set of cupboards that are getting resurfaced. Sure, you can add a few drawers, maybe cut something down to make a new appliance fit and install a new cabinet or two, but the basic layout of the kitchen stays the same. Money Savings Comparisons There are several things that make kitchen cupboard resurfacing appealing to the home-owner seeking to remodel on a budget. For the most part, several thousand dollars can be saved. It is less expensive to resurface cabinets for several reasons: • Less materials are needed • Appliances do not need to be removed and re-installed • Electricians and plumbers may not be necessary • The amount of labor needed is a lot less when compared to fabricating a new set of cupboards In my experience, it seems like the pros and cons people get hung up on are the price savings and the design change limitations. They want to switch their kitchen cupboard layout a bit, but do not want to spend a lot of money for new cabinets. As previously mentioned, resurfacing does not allow for a lot of layout design changes. So, people have a tendency to find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. Very often, what happens in these situations is that the customer, rather than choosing to replace or reface, decides to wait until they can afford to get everything new.
Published at Friday, March 31st 2017, 21:31:23 PM by kirby. Cupboard. Exclusive Advantages of Free Standing Kitchen Cupboards The term free-standing kitchen cupboard usually reflects the furniture or cabinets in the kitchen which can remain in the proper, upright position by resting on its own support, without any attachment or any external support. It is free from any fixations to the surface and added grip. In todays world, industrial developments and technological advancements have brought major changes in the interior designs of the kitchen. The concept of free-standing kitchen cupboards has not started in the post-modern period but it was a common feature since the pre-depression era kitchens. The radical concept of a portable kitchen-cabinet, generally known to us today as free-standing kitchen cupboards was introduced by Julius Everett Marsh in 1914. According to the changing tastes of an individual, man has adopted many new unique features which will render their kitchen attractive and one such feature is the free-standing kitchen cupboards. These cupboards with usually doors at the front and shelves inside for cups and dishes in the kitchen are extremely functional and versatile in nature as they can be easily rearranged and decorated without any huge fuss. They can be easily swapped out or modified as per the needs of an individual. It also solves one of the major problems in todays modern households that is, the scarcity of large spaces for which a person is unable to decorate the kitchen according to his or her wishes. Free-standing kitchen cupboards have a unique charm or style which is timeless for all ages as they beautify the kitchen giving it a modern look with colorful and inviting furniture. They are very useful in nature as they can be sometimes shifted from one place to another as per the necessity of the person. One of the main characteristic of these free-standing kitchen cupboards is that they are usually user-friendly and can be easily purchased at a low-cost as per the size and structure of the cupboards. They are singular freestanding furniture pieces arranged together to form a kitchen cabinetry. It is not always necessary that they need to have similar features and style but they all add interests in their own unique way. Free-standing kitchen cupboards allows a person to be flexible and creative, paving a way for variety of unlimited options with many benefits and choices of interior designs which will bring about a new look in the household. A kitchen is the vital part of the household and it must look attractive and should also make the best possible use of less spaces. The cupboards in the free-standing kitchen units also have a wide range of variety of colors which adds a touch of glamour and also reduces the visual bulk of this effective, single-wall layout. Free-standing kitchen cupboards also offer better selections of cupboards at a comparatively lower price rates. It serves as an alternative to the common fixed cabinetry which is not so sustainable and environmental friendly as they consume a huge lot of space in the wall or ground and they are not even portable. If a person wants to change or re-decorate the furniture, he will not be able to do so as the furniture remains fixed to the walls. Hence, free-standing kitchen cupboards can add a fine tune to the creative free-standing designs and layouts of the kitchen rather than being rushed into a fixed design which cannot be changed so easily. Sarah Dobrev is a freelance writer, ebook author and a reviewer. She writes for many online publications. Her interest is writing mainly on the latest business services and pointing out what actually she has found works in for of it. She also writes reliable reviews on daily use products and trending topics on which a consumer may be interested to read before buying.
Published at Friday, March 31st 2017, 21:52:23 PM by tommy. Cupboard. Kitchen Cupboard Buying Tips I think it is safe to say that it is common knowledge that a kitchen cupboard can serve different purposes, depending on the kitchen where it is used. This is the first thing that you need to take into account when going out to buy one, or more for yourself. Generally, people look for a pleasant design in these items. A kitchen cupboard can come in a wide variety of styles and designs. The cost will also range depending on the style and the material that the cupboard will feature. It is very important that the design of the kitchen cupboard will go well with the décor of your kitchen. The majority of people prefer kitchen cupboard that are flexible in both functionality and design. People now prefer kitchen cupboards that feature quality wood materials. If youre choosing to go with this design, then it is best that you choose a cupboard that features more exotic wood materials since it offers the best look. Durability shouldnt be ignored, thus it is recommended that you get a kitchen cabinet which features stainless steel edges. Be sure to lay out all of your necessities before actually purchasing or designing one! Once you know what you need, be sure to pick a kitchen cupboard that will fulfill these needs. The best strategy is to make a small list with all the things that you will be using it for, things such as wine storage or utensil storage. Such a list will be of great help when going out to buy the right kitchen cabinet for you. A great cupboard will add a lot to the functionality of your kitchen by helping you keep things more organized and be more productive. A good cupboard will provide all of these things no matter the size of your kitchen! Keep in mind that deciding on the kitchen cupboard that you wish to purchase will be yours only and you need to put some thought into it if you want to ensure that you will buy a quality and useful product. If youre not sure about which design to go for, then you should consider buying something that goes well with the existing décor. A pleasant look is also important and you should make sure that your kitchen looks right. There are a lot of styles that you can go for, then main ones being modern, classic and contemporary.
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 23:22:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. Tips on Organizing Messy Cupboards By organizing your messy cupboards you will gain a large number of benefits and advantages. The kitchen cupboards are sometimes difficult to organize. You have probably found yourself searching for a simple box of spaghetti but were not able to find one due to the lack of kitchen organization and tidiness. In such cases the logical option would be to buy another box from the store, which would be a very unpractical and time consuming activity that could have been easily avoided. Keep these problems at a distance by learning how to properly organize your messy cupboards. The greatest advantage that cupboard organization brings is the fact that you will be able to save huge amounts of money that would normally go on grocery bills and other expenses. Money that could be spent on groceries or different kitchen appliances. You will also substantially improve the quality of your life once you are able to find anything you need, no more shopping aggravation and risking not finding what you need in stores! Keep your cupboard organized and you will be able to find anything you are searching for with great ease. These are just simple concepts that can drastically improve the quality of your life immediately. Stop the untidiness and choose to invest some money on door racks. By purchasing a few door racks you will be able to store the items in your kitchen, such as canned goods, much more efficiently. A great option would be to use the plastic shelves. These plastic shelves are also normally more cost efficient than the other ones, making them ideal for kitchen use. You can use them for organizing small kitchen items, such as cans or cups and you will never have a problem searching and finding an item ever again. Keep in mind that it is also good to invest into a quality labeled cupboard organizer as well. By labeling your organizer you will be able to inform other people where to place a specific item after being used. This is very useful if you have kids around the house. Like any design feature this is optional and should be used only if you think that it will be of use to you. What you add and modify in your kitchen should most importantly suit your needs and likes. By keeping your cupboard organized you will be able to easily save time and money much more efficiently than before.
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 22:12:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Looking at Different Bedroom Cupboard Designs One of the last things that you will consider when you are looking into bedroom cupboard designs is where to put them. Of course there are many other considerations that you will need to take into consideration as well when you are looking at bedroom cupboard designs. Size Does Matter In this case it actually does. Depending on the purpose of the cupboards will determine what size and shape you will in need of. If you are simply using the cupboards for storage then you will in all likelihood look to use a cupboard that is rather simple and fits in perfectly with the outline of the room. However if the purpose of the cupboard is to display items of value as well as personal treasures then you will want top go with something that is a little more elegant and sophisticated as your choice for the design. It is quite possible to go with something that will have glass doors or are see-through in some way. Remember that you are going to want to get a cabinet that will actually serve the purpose and hold the items properly as opposed to being to small and useless or else have a cupboard that is too large and having a feeling of needing to fill the cupboard, since there is empty space. Consider The Material When you are looking into installing a new bedroom cupboard designs, consider what it is that they are made out of first. Make sure that the craftsmanship as well as the durability and design meet your expectations. You will want something that is going to reflect your personality as well as your needs. In many cases these cupboards will be meant to last for a long period of time and you will want to make them a huge point of the home, especially if you are looking to sell or move on from the home. Remember that cupboards are a huge investment both with time and money. This is something that should not have to replace or reinstall unless you feel a true need to do so. Make sure that you are making the right decision and that you are consulting different sources as far what it is that will work and determining what the room will look like when you are done, without really spending money or their time. Remember to make it yours, even with the input of others.
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 21:06:23 PM. Cupboard By steven. Beautiful Cupboard Handles for Giving Your Old Furniture a Whole New Look Furnishing your home can be a tedious and costly process. Choose to simplify this process for both your wallet and the environment, by reusing parts that you own already. With a little creativity, you can return a used item or forgotten in a custom for your home with little money. The main idea in renewing old furniture is to get new, not very expensive, beautiful cupboard handles. From wood, from plastic, brown, pink, big, small, transparent or not, cupboard handles are known for giving a new glam to your old furniture. The key to a decorative furniture reuse is to look beyond the current sad state it is in, and to imagine what it could become by adding colorful and live cupboard handles. Do not let old furniture with broken handles and a few scratches stop you. Use guides that you could simplify your work. In some ways the piece speaks for itself, listen up! Reuse is an organic way to show your individual style, so be careful on what attracts you and decorate with love. If you love the curved edge of an otherwise ugly cupboard, imagine how it would look with new handles and a new paint job. If the clean lines of an art deco-inspired wardrobe tempt you, prepare to give it a lift. There are numerous styles of handles, but its up to you and your personality to see which ones you want to get: wood cupboard handles, metal, even glass cupboard handles in every shape and size that you can imagine. The most important thing you need to take into account is whether the structure of the furniture is in good enough condition so that you can give them new handles. For couches and chairs, make sure that frames are strong and that springs are intact (if applicable to the situation). To repair the foundation of furniture is a much more expensive process. For wood pieces such as cupboards, tables and cabinets, you can fix the legs and shelves, but the major cracks in the wood can be difficult to repair. Youll be amazed at how much glow you can find by doing a little sanding and painting. Also consider the cupboard handles to fit well to the old look, in order to not make it look ugly. There is a large amount of handles to choose from, such as: handles with Swarovski crystals, gold/silver handles, wood and plastic available in every color imaginable. So be wise when choosing good handles, because they will totally change the appearance of your home. Choose aluminum handles if your kitchen is a modern one and choose classic round metal handles if your kitchen is a classic one. Dont hesitate any longer and choose the best on the market! Renew your homes look by getting beautiful cupboard handles instead of renewing your whole furniture. Its less expensive and you will simply adore the results!
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 20:01:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Pros and Cons of Kitchen Cupboard Resurfacing There are many benefits to having your kitchen, bathroom or office cupboards remodeled by resurfacing them. There are a few things that are not so good. My views on the pros and cons of renovating cabinets in this way come from thirty years of custom kitchen fabrication and home renovations. The process I will be discussing is recovering old Formica plastic laminate with new Formica. One of the most common questions people ask is; "does the old Formica get peeled off?" My answer is almost always; "no". The process involves roughing up the existing surface with sand paper and covering over the top of the existing plastic. Buying and Flipping Houses One of the things that I have noticed is that contractors, Realtors and people looking to make a few dollars from buying and selling houses, oftentimes will get estimates on resurfacing cupboards. Covering over the old laminate and installing new doors is a reasonably priced, quick fix way of remodeling an ugly kitchen or bathroom in comparison to installing new cabinetry. One of the BIG PROS of resurfacing is that a contract can be signed today and the cabinets be completed within four days. That is if there are not special order doors involved and the plastic laminate is available for next day delivery. Some Old Cupboards Still Have Wrinkles Even though your kitchen may get a face-lift on the outside, many things will still "mark" the cabinetry as being old. Things like water damaged areas around the sink, drawers that just dont move smoothly and dated materials used on the interiors of cabinets years ago will be noticeable. Even though the outside will look like brand new-the inside of the cabinets almost always show signs that they are older cupboards. How Good Will the New Surface Adhere? If your existing Formica laminate is adhered really well, then the chances of the new plastic staying secured to the old are really good. If you have several areas that are coming loose, then you will have problems down the road. Sure the installer can glue the loose areas down before gluing the new covering on top, but this is not going to stop the process of the old mica letting loose over the course of time. I would say that this is one of the biggest cons of recovering plastic laminate cabinets. Design Limitations What you see is what you get. There is not much that can be changed with an existing set of cupboards that are getting resurfaced. Sure, you can add a few drawers, maybe cut something down to make a new appliance fit and install a new cabinet or two, but the basic layout of the kitchen stays the same. Money Savings Comparisons There are several things that make kitchen cupboard resurfacing appealing to the home-owner seeking to remodel on a budget. For the most part, several thousand dollars can be saved. It is less expensive to resurface cabinets for several reasons: • Less materials are needed • Appliances do not need to be removed and re-installed • Electricians and plumbers may not be necessary • The amount of labor needed is a lot less when compared to fabricating a new set of cupboards In my experience, it seems like the pros and cons people get hung up on are the price savings and the design change limitations. They want to switch their kitchen cupboard layout a bit, but do not want to spend a lot of money for new cabinets. As previously mentioned, resurfacing does not allow for a lot of layout design changes. So, people have a tendency to find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. Very often, what happens in these situations is that the customer, rather than choosing to replace or reface, decides to wait until they can afford to get everything new.
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 18:50:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Ways to Come Up With a Versatile, Stunning And Functional Kitchen Cupboard The hardest part of remodeling a kitchen is the assembly of the kitchen cupboards since it will largely depend on the amount of space you have intended for you cabinetry as well as the positioning to ensure that every available space is maximized. You can also purchase the ready to assemble kitchen cupboards. All you need to have is a screwdriver plus they are very inexpensive. Since you can install it yourself, you save money on installation and labor costs. Updating your kitchen doesnt have to be an enormous task. It takes careful planning before you set out to buy the furnishings you wanted to install in your kitchen. It pays to know and decide on what you want and what you need. You must also have a layout to ensure that everything is done perfectly and your new kitchen provides you and your family the functionality that you are looking for. While most homeowners are willing to work and try to do some beautification projects at home, it would seem that they will never trust themselves when it comes to kitchen remodeling. Indeed, it takes a well experienced cabinet maker to be able to come up with versatile, stunning and functional kitchen cabinets. Sooner or later, every homeowner will be faced with a kitchen makeover tasks. Replacing and buying new cupboards can be quite expensive. If you think that you are out of budget, why not consider refacing your old cabinets to make it look like new? Check and ensure that they are still in good condition. Door fronts, hinges and drawers are available in most home improvement stores. Check all the parts that needs to be replaced and of course the paint. You will be surprised at how it can change the look of your kitchen by just redoing the paint and by choosing the color carefully. Painting your old cupboard is indeed, the cheapest as well as the fastest solution. Thats how easy it is to make your kitchen cupboards look like new. After your kitchen cupboards makeover here are some tips on how to give your cupboards a little TLC: • If you will utilize the cupboards for storing foodstuff, choose to have it installed in an area which is not too close to a source of heat or where the temperature gets very warm. It is best to store canned goods and other grocery items in a cool, well ventilated area. You also have to make sure that it is always dry, dark and cool so that packaged and canned goods will not deteriorate fast. • Never overfill or overload your cupboards with too much stuff. If you are the type who loves to stock on a lot of food, always place the old ones in front so itll be used first before the new batch. It is important to note the expiration date because if there is some kind of infestation, chances are you would have to throw away everything. That is why, it is also beneficial that you check the cupboards every two weeks and clean regularly.
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 18:39:23 PM. Cupboard By steven. Preparation Is the Key to Painting Cupboards Successfully In thirty years of remodeling cabinets, Ive learned that preparation is one of the most important aspects of painting kitchen or bathroom cupboards. In this article, we will explore a few of the things that can really make a difference in how the painting project will look when it is all done. IMPORTANT: DO NOT RUSH through this renovation. Allowing plenty of time to do it right is essential to the success of having your kitchen or bathroom cupboards look new again. Cleaning the Cupboards Mix a solution of Dawn dish washing detergent and water to wash your cupboards with. The areas around the stove and hood should be gone over several times to ensure that all of the grease buildup is removed. If you are preparing Formica surfaces, you can use lacquer thinner on them to remove grease build-up. Using Wood Putty and Caulking You are going to have to remove the cabinet doors and you should replace all of the hinges, handles or knobs while renovating the cupboards. This is probably going to leave a few holes that will need to be filled with wood filler. You should sand the areas down before placing the filler in the holes and allow sufficient time for it to completely dry. Use the wood filler on every crack and crevice that you can find. You should also caulk around all areas where the cupboards meet the walls, ceiling and floors. Be sure to wipe the access caulking off really well with a damp rag. You only want to fill the void areas. If it is necessary to rinse the rag out a few times because of all of the caulking thats OK. Just get it all off of the cupboards, walls, floor and ceiling. Sanding the Cabinets Once the wood putty is thoroughly dry, sand those areas first so that they are nice and flush. If you need to add more filler, DO NOT omit this step. Every inch of the cupboards should be sanded that will be painted. There is an optional product that can be used here, but you must check with your local paint supply company to ensure that it will work with the materials that your cupboards are made of. You can apply a liquid deglosser that will work almost as good as sanding the cupboards. Granted, you will still need to use sandpaper for the places you applied the putty to. Repeating the Process Once you have cleaned the cupboards, filled all of the blemishes and thoroughly sanded them, repeat all of these steps again. This is known as going over them with a fine-toothed comb. Trust me, this is what makes the difference between the do-it-yourself look or obtaining professional results. Applying the First Coat of Primer Painting the cupboards with a thin coat of primer is the next step. Allow the paint to completely dry. Fill any blemishes with filler and sand them out again. Repeat this process of applying the paint primer, filling flaws and sanding them out until the cupboards are literally "spotless." Now the process of painting the finish coats on the cupboards can begin. Its important to realize that the final coats of paint will only look as good as the surface is underneath. If theres a run, dip, depression or scratch anywhere in the primers surface, the exact same flaw will be seen when the finish coats of paint are applied to the cabinetry.
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 17:27:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. The Correct Way to Adjust Cupboard Hinges With Springs iam going to be giving you pointers on how to adjust your kitchen or bathroom vanity cupboard doors that have spring hinges? To recognize if you have this type of hardware, look at the edge of your door. If the mechanism is grooved into the edge of the panel and you can see metal on the exterior, then you have a Y-5 brand "SPRING" hinge. The Y-5 was designed to allow adjustments to be made in three different directions. Tools Needed: • Electric or Cordless Drill • 1/32" Drill Bit • Driver Bit With a Phillips Head • Phillips Screwdriver Take a very detailed look at all of your cabinet doors, paying close attention to what needs to be moved in which direction in order for things to look more uniform. If you have doors that are rubbing together it may be because they were originally made too large. In such cases, it may be necessary to have the doors cut down a little in order for them to close properly. Making the Hinge Adjustments Open a cupboard door and you will notice that there are four screws, two on the cabinet member and two holding the hinge fast to the door. One screw on the cabinet frame is a lock-down or "set" screw that doesnt allow for any adjustment. The other one is inserted into an oblong hole to allow for movement. The same is true for the hinge plate that is fastened to the cupboard door. Only remove the lock-down screw, then loosen the adjustment screw just enough to allow for the door to me moved a little. Leave enough tension on the hinge so that it can be moved, but is not "flopping" loose. Re-tighten the adjustment screw and close the door to see how things look. Continue this process of opening, adjusting and closing the cupboard doors until you are satisfied with your accomplishments. The alterations you are making should be very "minute" on each kitchen or bathroom door. You should relocate two doors by moving them a little rather than moving one door a lot. • Important: If a door is not resting on the face-frame of the cupboard correctly, never try to twist it by using the force of your hands. Always move the hinge plate on the inside of the cupboard frame toward or away from you, either at the top or bottom of the door. Once you are satisfied with your achievements, it is time to drill new holes for the lock down or "set" screws to be repositioned. While drilling these new holes, you will have to adjust the angle of the drill so you miss the original hinge set screw hole. It may be necessary to insert a few wooden toothpicks into the old holes. Be very careful to NOT drill through the cupboard door and ruin the decorative face. You can place a piece of tape on the drill bit to help you gauge how far you should drill. If you know how to make a stop-block, this would be a worthwhile procedure to undertake. Final Steps Tighten the set screws down and you are almost finished. If you need to adjust the location of the cupboard doors a little, its OK to tap them with the palm of your hand. There will be a little tolerance in the hinges even though the set screws are locked in place. Just be sure to NOT use excessive force. A slight tap here or there is OK. I always recommend hiring a professional cabinet maker to adjust cupboard hinges. There are always tricks in every trade that make things go smoother. You can try to do-it-yourself (DYI), but it has been my experience that most people just get frustrated and break something. Never the less, if you are the handy-man type, give it a try.