By steven. Cupboard. At Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 14:40:23 PM.
The Reinvention of Kitchen Cupboards Home buying involves many choices. People could make a decision on a house because of one option or choice, but more often than not, it is determined by several factors. Most choices come down to a house being well designed and fitting a families needs. From this an individual or family will expect the house or "investment" to grow in value over time. Some elements of the house are a bonus. Yes a well designed house makes the choice easier, but then with this choice will come other features that are nice additions. Smaller features of a house are not the deciding factor of home buying, but often help with the decision. One of these smaller features that could go along way is the kitchen cupboards or in other words the kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are not the first thing you think about when entering a house, but once you get to the kitchen, this feature becomes a noticeable and important attribute. A kitchen cupboard is an old term that has slowly transformed over the last half century. Many homes built before the nineteen fifties had the traditional kitchen cupboards. These cabinets were large solid wood fixtures that were often custom built for each individual house. The kitchen cupboard has transformed over the years and has become smaller in size. Of course this transformation has already started to go in a cycle and the traditional kitchen cupboard, once out of date, is showing up again. The housing boom in the nineteen fifties, largely brought on by the prosperity after the war caused a large demand for new housing. Tract housing developments called for new ideas for the kitchen. Traditional kitchen cupboards were no longer practical; instead, smaller, sleeker cabinets were needed to fit into these new houses. Houses were smaller and a large kitchen now became obsolete, so the kitchen cupboard was now substituted with the modern kitchen cabinet. For the next forty to fifty years these cabinets were the dominate feature in the kitchen. Of course there are always exceptions, but for the most part, the kitchen cupboard was downsized in height and width, made less appealing, and mostly was there for usage not design. Fortunately the cycle of design has changed and kitchen cabinets have come full circle. There are more choices today and actually a style of the kitchen cupboard is back in fashion. Large pantry cabinets have come back into a house and from this the renaissance of the kitchen has begun. Another sign of a "throw back" kitchen is the return of the taller kitchen cabinet. Most cabinets are around thirty inches high; however a forty two inch kitchen cabinet or kitchen cupboard had now become an option. Of course if youre going to buy these larger (forty two inch) kitchen cupboards, you will need a higher ceiling, but if you have that higher ceiling, these kitchen cabinets fill the space nicely. The kitchen cupboard has come a long way. Once a piece of furniture, it was then reduced to a no-frills, practical use, but now it has made its way into the kitchen as a furnishing with style.
Painting Kitchen Cupboards With Formica Doors One of the fastest ways to brighten up the most used room in the home is by painting the kitchen area. For years people who buy and flip homes have remodeled cupboards on the fly by applying a new coat of paint to them. When done correctly, this can be a great way upgrade the look of things. You may want to consider replacing your existing flat doors with raised panel ones. I would recommend that you find a cabinet manufacturer in your area to order them from. It would be a good idea to consider having them install the new ones because there are a few tricky things involved in the process. Tools & Materials Needed -Putty Knife -Drop Cloths -Airless Industrial Paint Sprayer (obtained from a rent-all business) -Paint Designed to Adhere to Formica Surfaces (primer & topcoat) -220 Grit Sand Paper -Wood Filler -Masking Tape -Paint Brushes and Roller -Phillips Screwdriver -Plenty of Rags -Paint Respirator Mask Be sure to set aside plenty of time to complete the project without being rushed. The more time you spend in the preparation process-the better your Formica kitchen cabinets will look when you have finished painting the cupboards. Steps for Repainting Formica Kitchen Cabinets and Doors 1. Put the drop cloths in place. Remove all of the hardware (handles or Knobs) from the cupboard doors. 2. Take the doors off of the cabinets. If you have European hinges, you may NOT even need the Phillips screwdriver for this step. Check to see if there is a release tab on the backside of the hinge. If so, pull up on the tab and the hinge should release from the mounting plate. 3. Remove the hinges from the doors. 4. Clean all surfaces with a mild solution of soap and water that are going to be painted. Thoroughly dry off all of the areas that you have washed. 5. Fill all holes that you intend to eliminate and chipped areas with the wood filler. Allow the filler to completely dry before sanding. 6. Lightly sand all of the surfaces of the cupboard door and cabinets with the 220 sandpaper that will be painted. Wipe all of the dust off of the cabinets and doors. 7. Set up an area where you can spray the primer on the backside of the cupboard doors, preferable outside. Give them one mild coat of primer. 8. While the back of the doors are drying, apply primer to the Formica cabinets using the roller and brush. When you are finished, the doors should be ready for a second coat of primer. 9. Repeat the process of painting the kitchen cupboards and doors with the primer until all areas have had two coats applied. Once the primer is completely dry, you may lightly sand all areas where ever necessary. 10. Paint two finish coats on the cupboards and the doors. 11. Hang the doors on the cabinets and insert the drawers back into their proper locations. 12. Install the old or new handles/knobs on the cabinet doors. It is advisable to not clean the kitchen cupboards for at least four days to allow plenty of time for the paint to completely cure. Our company has used a product called Cabinet Rescue for painting plastic laminate cabinets on many occasions. As previously mentioned, just check with your local hardware store professionals to find a product that is designed for refinishing Formica cupboard surfaces.
Kitchen Cupboards Provide Strategic Storage Spaces and Harmony to Kitchens In the 21st century, the design and style of kitchen cupboards have evolved from large, solid types to lighter, more flexible and versatile ones. Today, you can see in many kitchens various wall cupboards positioned higher. Storage facilities are better now with the present lines of cupboards being offered in the market. Traditional cupboard dimensions are being modified by manufacturers and the possibilities are limitless. Your taste, budget and likes play important part in determining the style of kitchen cupboard you will end up with. So many brightly colored cupboards are out there made of exotic wood, modern plastic, stainless steel or aluminum to really arouse your desire. You can choose from a wide range of models to suit your needs. A tropical wood specie with laminated finish and stainless steel edging can truly wet your taste. There are granite countertops but if it is not within your budget, a granite looking laminated model is available. You can choose a totally custom-built look and shape or the traditional square with different handles to match your kitchen cupboards. But before you buy your new set of cupboards, concretize first your visualized kitchen cupboard design and objective. Everything depends on how you plan to organize and layout the kitchen cupboards you intend to buy. The kind of things you plan to store per drawer or shelves have to be decided in advance. Harmony and storage spaces are what you should aim for. If your kitchen is only small, think of all space saving strategies. If you inspect the things you store in your kitchen area, you will find many things which should be transferred and stored somewhere else. Make it your goal to provide more space for kitchen related items you need daily. Store in your cupboard shelves things which are commonly for kitchen use. Choose a compartment near the stove for pots and pans. You can try putting dishes on shelves in front near the cupboard doors for better access. If your kitchen is spacious, where you locate your cupboards to harmonize with the rest of the kitchen ambiance gives you a lot of options. You are not limited to items necessary for kitchen use only. In fact, the cupboards are functional in character but can be a pleasing sight for sore eyes. One way to have an organized cupboard system is to have a printed list of things inside each shelf or cupboard drawer for ready reference and faster accessibility. It may require constant revision but the beauty is you have always an updated inventory of all important and miscellaneous things stored in an orderly fashion. There are homeowners who have the inclination to repaint their kitchen cupboards for some reasons instead of ordering new ones and nothing is wrong with that. As a matter of fact, it is a noble project if they have the necessary technical skills. They can end up with brand new looking and more attractive kitchen cupboards with their high quality type of solid hardwood. By choosing the right type of color, finish and design edging mix and match, the repainted cupboards can enhance the beauty not only of the kitchen but also the rest of the house. Whether you decide to repaint your present kitchen cupboards or buy a new set, upgrading your kitchen with a new kitchen cupboard system will not only add value to your home but also provide a more convenient and better looking kitchen space for you to work in, relax and entertain!