By tommy. Cupboard. At Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 16:01:23 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.
The Timeless Kitchen Cupboard For as long as meals have been prepared in kitchens, there have been kitchen cupboards in most of those kitchens. Yet, in recent years there has been a new emphasis placed on the role of the kitchen cupboard. This is a positive development given that there may be no other cabinet in the home, which is used quite as much as the cupboard. Cupboards must be built in a solid fashion since they are accessed so much. One part of the standard cupboard, which must be able to handle high traffic, is the handles themselves. The reason this is so is because kitchen cupboard door handles are touched, turned, and grabbed throughout the day. What is it that constitutes appropriate handles? First, solid construction with both the correct material and the right size will make for good use. Second, are the pleasing to the eye and consistent with the rest of the room? Third, are they agreeable to the hands that touch them throughout the day? The handles being ergonomically safe will go a long way to make the handles useful for many years. There are currently six styles that kitchen cupboards are being designed and built in for consumers to enjoy. Within each design there is a wide scope of quality, which everyone needs to be aware of when shopping for this product. Some cupboards are hand built and others are not. Painting kitchen cupboards is also either done by hand or by some form of technology. No doubt those built and painted by hand will cost more, but the quality of the product is heads above the rest. The six styles shoppers can expect to find are traditional, Outdoor, Country, Old World, Contemporary, and Transitional. What consumers will also find is that these styles mirror those found in other kitchen cabinets as well. The Traditional style is one that fills the kitchen with a more formal, dressy feel due to the colors and wood grains incorporated. This design will remind many of early American and European architecture. At the other end of the style scale is the Contemporary look. This design has none of the formal sense about it, opting instead for geometrics and more of a random feeling. The Transitional style is a melting together of the Traditional and Contemporary to create a more warm and inviting environment. With the Transitional we have a pleasant match between two opposites found in the Traditional and Contemporary. The Outdoor design pretty much says it all on its own. Next is the Country design with its brighter and more upbeat color schemes. Also in the Country design consumers will enjoy the more comfortable setting this style attempts to foster. The last style is the Old World, so labeled because of its common use of hearths, which are reminders of Europe centuries ago. Most recognize cupboards for their use in the kitchen as a food storage and preparation necessity, but cupboards also serve another role. Cupboards can also be excellent decoration spots for prized family pieces. Since cupboards often have glass doors or fronts they offer a place to put these items for easy viewing by all.
Kitchen Cupboard Doors - Choosing the Look and Feel of Your Kitchen There are a wide variety of kitchen cupboard doors. From fine oak to maple wood, they are perfect for new homes and kitchens. With a vast repertoire of styles, their design features are of the highest quality. Several doors are available in traditional formats. These usually are richer in color and a bit bulkier. Contemporary doors are more streamlined, offering exquisite taste and texture. Although prices do range, you can pick up a nice set at an affordable price. This depends on the volume of doors needed, as well as special sales and promotions. At times, a vendor may even throw in a free door if multi units are ordered. The doors must also match the decor of the kitchen. From lighting to wallpaper, they are an integral part of the kitchen and highly visible. From new homes to remodeling, kitchen cupboard doors are very important. Since most of the meals are prepared in the kitchen, the doors must be convenient. This will enable products to be easily stored and removed for use. A door that is hard to open can be a problem. You will need a door that is fully functional and visually stunning. From lovely wooden grains to dazzling finishes, these doors are a key factor in any kitchen. You should, however, rely on the professionals to install these components. If you install the doors incorrectly, they can seriously damage the base and trim. There are a variety of on-line manuals that specialize in cupboard door installation. In addition, you would want doors that are resistant to moisture and cooking elements. Kitchen cupboard doors are available everywhere. From home appliance stores to furniture outlets, they are showcased in several kitchen settings. This is to help the customer visualize how it might look in their home. With so many different sizes, styles, and colors, it can be difficult to select the proper set. While most look for recommendations, others bring in photos of their kitchen. This offers the perfect way to mix and match sets, while comparing color schemes and durability. Its also a great way to sample cupboard door sets before making a purchase. You should, however, make sure the doors are brand new and not refurbished. If you are looking for used doors, then recycled materials are sure to be used. A certificate of authenticity is usually added with each new set. This is to ensure the buyer that the set is brand new and recently manufactured. The addition of kitchen cupboard doors is highly essential. Without them, your cabinets will appear bland an unattractive. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find a set that is suitable to your kitchen. From home improvement shows to publications, you can see what doors that experts recommend. This is a great way to ensure you are getting the most value. While most doors are made of wood, other doors consist of different materials. There are glass ensembles, aluminum designs, and even traditional brass pieces. No matter your taste, selecting the perfect set will beautify your kitchen in several ways.