By steven. Cupboard. At Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 22:39:23 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.
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!
Bathroom Design: Why You Should Incorporate Soft Close Draws and Cupboards in Your New Bathroom Soft close cupboard doors and soft close cabinet draws are two innovative and new products that can be incorporated into your bathroom design. They both are inexpensive design products, yet they have the look and feel of top end high priced products for your bathroom project. There is no need to purchase an entire new set of cupboards for your bathroom, as the soft close cupboard doors and soft close draws go right over our existing bathroom features. This is why they are less than remodeling and a whole lot easier as well. You dont need any fancy hinges, screws, or draw slides either as these products come with all you will need to spruce up your bathroom design. They are quick and simple to install and only take a few minutes and come with the complete and easy directions for your convenience. The soft close draw and soft close cupboard doors have been fully tested and are proven to be durable, so will last for years to come. These look great in your bathroom and keep your cupboards and drawers from slamming shut. No more pinched fingers or noisy problems. It also makes for less damage to your cupboards too. The Soft close draws will fit onto just about any brand of cupboard whether they are frame or frameless styles and fit right onto your old hinge in the upper section of the corner and attach instantly and smoothly in seconds. They are rated to uphold for more than 40,000 openings and closings, so you know they are going to last and last. They also have a lifetime guarantee as well, so you can feel good about adding them to your bathroom design project. When you start your bathroom design project, you need to order one soft draw pull for each drawer that is 22 inches or less and two for every one that is more than 22 inches. Thats all that is needed to make your old drawers as good as new and make them shut more smoothly and more quietly too. As for the soft close cupboard doors, you just need one for each door, so just count the number of doors and drawers in your bathroom cupboard and you are good to go for your next order. If you are unsure of how to install them, you can even watch videos online that will give you a step by step showing of how to put both products on in your bathroom. So, no matter if you merely are doing something to bet a bit of an updated look and feel in your bathroom or you are concerned about your children pinching their fingers or you just want a drawer or door that shuts more quietly, these great products are made to do the job for you with no trouble at all and not a great expense to your wallet either. So, be sure to order some of these soft close cupboard doors and soft close cabinet draws today to complete your next bathroom design product. Design Time Nottingham, the specialist for fitting Bathrooms Nottingham Design Time Nottingham, why not check out our Virtual Tour on our Google+ page Nottingham Kitchens