By tommy. Cupboard. At Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 17:06:23 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.
Cupboard Locks - Easy Upgrades That Can Transform Your Home Security Protect Your Identity Our homes are full of valuable information about our lives and personal identity. In modern times identity theft crimes are on the increase and have become a very serious global problem. If an identity thief is able to access enough information about a person they can use this to commit a number of crimes. This could include fraud and even more serious felonies such as human trafficking. This is why it is more important than ever for you to protect your identity and ensure your confidential information is kept secure. • It is a good idea to invest in cupboard locks for your home. With these locks you will be able to add another layer of security to your belongings. • Just consider how much information you leave stored in cupboards and drawers around your home. This can include things like bank statements, unused store cards, identify documents (driving license or passport), mobile phone bills and more. • If this kind of information feel into the wrong hands it could cost you dear. Your identity could be stolen and use to commit crimes. This could leave you out of pocket and also facing a messy clean-up bill as you try to recover your identity. • To help prevent your important documents falling into the wrong hands you can fit cupboard locks. These low security interior locks are easy to fit and you can buy a range of designs online. • By securing your storage with cupboard locks you can help to ensure your personal information does not fall into the wrong hands. • This means you will be able to store away important paperwork and documents safely. • You should also consider fitting a proper locked safe for primary identity documents such as your passport, bank cards, birth/marriage certificates and driving license. Protect Young Children Young children are very curious about their surroundings. They can get into every corner of the home and this means they could be exposed to dangers. This is why it is essential to fit cupboard locks if you have young children. This will help to prevent them from getting in cupboards that could contain potentially harmful items such as cleaning products or alcohol. You should fit cupboard locks in the kitchen, garage, utility room and anywhere else in the home there could be potential risks. Cupboard locks are easy to fit and you should be able to find plenty of choices online for the cupboards in your home.
Kitchen Cupboards - Decorative Organizational Options For Any Kitchen If you are planning to replace your kitchen cupboards, you should know that they come with a very large price tag. They are available in a very large variety of designs, materials and styles in both the cabinets themselves and the doors also. To gain a good visual of the final look of your updated kitchen with the selected cupboards, you can obtain computer visualization from your local home improvement stores. The first thing to do in the planning for new cupboards, is to take very detailed and complete measurements of the areas within the kitchen space, including the areas for the appliances and the counter top measurements. With this information, the home improvement store will be able to design a plan of the kitchen area you are planning. A sales man from the store will make a physical visit to your home to verify the measurements of the kitchen; this will not only ensure that the new kitchen cupboards will have the correct space that they require, but also the correct pricing will be possible given the exact measurements. There are many options for kitchen cupboards, the types are stock cupboards, semi-custom, and also custom cabinetry. Stock one are available in standard sizes only and can be purchased in a limited number of color and style options. The stock cupboards are simple drawer and styles only. Semi-custom cupboards can be purchased in standard sizes although there are more options available with these cupboards in regards to storage units, design details and style. They come in a number of wood and colored varieties. Their quality and cost by far exceeds that of the stock cupboards. The storage choices available in the semi-custom cupboards are quite extensive. When considering this type of cupboard, pay particular attention to your most urgent storage issues to be able to determine the best solution in the semi-custom cupboards. The costliest cupboards are the custom cupboards. These are made specifically for your kitchen only. You are free to choose the design, style, and size for your custom kitchen, but you will pay for the ability to specially order your kitchen cupboards in this way. With a custom design you are getting a quality of fit and wood that far exceeds that of the semi-custom and the stock cupboards. The most important consideration in kitchen cupboards design is the setting of the budget. Before you purchase a design service, you must set a budget for the work. Your costs will vary greatly depending on whether you choose, custom, semi-custom or stock cupboards. The usual standard is that when designing a new kitchen, 50% of the new budget will go towards the cost of new cupboards. One effective way to determine how much you should spend on the new cupboards is to consider how much longer you will remain in the home. If you will be moving within the next two years, then you should spend less that if you plan to be in the house for several more years. If staying for many more years, you should not economize but instead go all out to design the highest quality kitchen you could afford.