By kirby. Cupboard. At Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 13:28:23 PM.
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.
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: Old Fashioned Yet Flawless In Character Whether you are thinking of home and kitchen improvements or building a new one, you can now pick a lot of ideas that will definitely allow you to showcase your excellent taste. Todays kitchen has evolved from the conventional to ultra modern design and functionality. Kitchen cupboards can be considered a work of art and can truly emphasize the kitchen in a most stunning way. There are various styles and patterns as well as materials to go for whether you are planning to build a small or large kitchen for you and your family. Kitchen cupboards that are well thought of and built according to your needs along with some innovative and unconventional cupboard design is convenient to use, clutter free and smart. Among the kitchen cabinetry styles, a country style or rustic cupboard design is one of the most favored. So, what makes them the best choice? Rustic or country styled kitchen cupboards has that cozy and inviting appeal, very homey and makes one feel connected to their roots. Although rustic cabinetry possesses that rural feel, it can be combined with ultra modern style for best results. Rustic kitchen cupboards are solid, tough and durable and very simple. Commonly used type of wood are pine, oak, maple, hickory, walnut, cherry and other kinds of wood preferred by the homeowner. Carvings and brilliant color schemes add beauty to the overall look of your kitchen cupboard. For a more rustic appeal, antique lighting, wooden antique decors and ornamental wood knots are usually added. Some people want to have a rustic kitchen cupboard yet have a modern appeal. If you are remodeling your kitchen, cupboard is very easy as you only need to paint or stain them provided that doors, drawers and the moldings are still in good shape. You may also opt to buy custom made cupboard for a hassle free kitchen make-over. Starting from scratch, custom made kitchen cupboards can be purchased. Rustic style cupboards are simple and render an old fashioned feel with a sepia tone which makes it perfect for you to flaunt your colorful ceramic jars and vases, plates and other kitchen items. Furniture and accessories with wrought iron are a must have and indispensable if you want to achieve and enhance your country style kitchen cupboard. To complete the country style feel of your kitchen, make use of drapes made from basic fabrics like canvas or toile. These should be lacey, have a lot of fringes and are usually in sync with the color of the wall. Table cloths and seat cushion covers are mostly hand painted as well. You maybe a tech savvy homemaker yet when it comes to your home particularly your kitchen, old fashioned coziness is still something that you look forward to coming home from a stressful work day. Country style kitchen cupboards are the best choice. They may not be as classy and well adorned, as their ultra modern counterparts but they are perfect and flawless in character.