Published at Thursday, December 15th 2016, 10:44:23 AM by tommy. Cupboard. Preparation Is the Key to Painting Cupboards Successfully In thirty years of remodeling cabinets, Ive learned that preparation is one of the most important aspects of painting kitchen or bathroom cupboards. In this article, we will explore a few of the things that can really make a difference in how the painting project will look when it is all done. IMPORTANT: DO NOT RUSH through this renovation. Allowing plenty of time to do it right is essential to the success of having your kitchen or bathroom cupboards look new again. Cleaning the Cupboards Mix a solution of Dawn dish washing detergent and water to wash your cupboards with. The areas around the stove and hood should be gone over several times to ensure that all of the grease buildup is removed. If you are preparing Formica surfaces, you can use lacquer thinner on them to remove grease build-up. Using Wood Putty and Caulking You are going to have to remove the cabinet doors and you should replace all of the hinges, handles or knobs while renovating the cupboards. This is probably going to leave a few holes that will need to be filled with wood filler. You should sand the areas down before placing the filler in the holes and allow sufficient time for it to completely dry. Use the wood filler on every crack and crevice that you can find. You should also caulk around all areas where the cupboards meet the walls, ceiling and floors. Be sure to wipe the access caulking off really well with a damp rag. You only want to fill the void areas. If it is necessary to rinse the rag out a few times because of all of the caulking thats OK. Just get it all off of the cupboards, walls, floor and ceiling. Sanding the Cabinets Once the wood putty is thoroughly dry, sand those areas first so that they are nice and flush. If you need to add more filler, DO NOT omit this step. Every inch of the cupboards should be sanded that will be painted. There is an optional product that can be used here, but you must check with your local paint supply company to ensure that it will work with the materials that your cupboards are made of. You can apply a liquid deglosser that will work almost as good as sanding the cupboards. Granted, you will still need to use sandpaper for the places you applied the putty to. Repeating the Process Once you have cleaned the cupboards, filled all of the blemishes and thoroughly sanded them, repeat all of these steps again. This is known as going over them with a fine-toothed comb. Trust me, this is what makes the difference between the do-it-yourself look or obtaining professional results. Applying the First Coat of Primer Painting the cupboards with a thin coat of primer is the next step. Allow the paint to completely dry. Fill any blemishes with filler and sand them out again. Repeat this process of applying the paint primer, filling flaws and sanding them out until the cupboards are literally "spotless." Now the process of painting the finish coats on the cupboards can begin. Its important to realize that the final coats of paint will only look as good as the surface is underneath. If theres a run, dip, depression or scratch anywhere in the primers surface, the exact same flaw will be seen when the finish coats of paint are applied to the cabinetry.
Published at Monday, May 22nd 2017, 00:24:23 AM. Cupboard By steven. How To Pick The Right Kitchen Cupboards Picking new kitchen cupboards is an exciting time. Naturally you will know that new kitchen cupboards will give your kitchen a whole new look! They will give a new life to the heart of your home, and if bought correctly, they can last years to come. Because your kitchen cupboards will live on in your kitchen for many years, or at least until you feel like or can afford to replace them again, you need to pick the right ones. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the choices that you have, so you need to break your decisions down to make them easier. The first thing to consider is your budget. Your budget will determine the whole change, and you will have a good idea of your limitations. If you know how much you can spend, then you can let the salesperson in the shop know what sort of price range you are looking at in advance, to save yourself the heartbreak of being shown beautiful cupboards that you can never afford. The next thing you can consider is the style and feel you are hoping for in your kitchen. This will in turn help you choose colours and materials. For example, if you are wishing for a homely, country style kitchen then you can consider buying wooden kitchen cupboards. If you want a more modern look, then you can consider getting something with steel finishes and modern knobs. For a fresh, clean kitchen that is timeless, you can choose smooth white cupboards with simple finishes. For a trendier kitchen, you can choose quirkier styles of cupboards and even a bold colour such as red! There are some premade kitchen cupboards that you can purchase. This means the style and colours will already have been created, you will simply need to order the size and quantity you want. This limits your freedom of choice with regards to specialising what you want, but it is also more cost effective. You will, however, have the option to get your kitchen cupboards custom made, and this is when the choices become a bit more important. You will have to choose the material, style and colour of your kitchen cupboards before they will be custom made and fitted into your kitchen. This gives you more creative freedom, but is also more costly. If you really want the freedom of expression, and want a unique kitchen you feel you have truly designed yourself, then the cost is worth it. Bear in mind that it is important for you to consider what you really want. Take your time in choosing the right cupboards, and do not choose something simply because it is cheap. Remember that the wrong materials or poorly constructed kitchen cupboards will warp and become tatty over time, and then you will have to do the remodelling all over again! If you are the kind of person who gets bored easily, then you must rather consider neutral colours. For a splash of colour and vibrancy in your kitchen you can dress up the cupboards by adding cute decorations and colourful plates around your kitchen.
Published at Monday, May 22nd 2017, 00:07:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. Keep Your Kitchen Cupboards Hygienically Clean! We spend so much time each day in our kitchens; therefore it is vitally important that your kitchen provides you with a happy-place feeling. How many times dont we end up spending a whole evening around the kitchen table? Whether it be reminiscing about our days with our family, or a game of poker with our friends, the kitchen often ends up being the living room. Kitchen hygiene is obviously very important. With frequent use, spills and food preparations, kitchens can show wear faster than they need to. So after youve scrubbed the sink and mopped the floor, your kitchen is clean, right? Wrong! Kitchen cupboards form a large part of your kitchen and should always be kept squeaky clean! There are great products on the market for cleaning your kitchen cupboards, but we all know that that is just a temporary solution. The grease, oil and fingerprints seem to reappear almost immediately. And lets face it; we cannot spend the whole day cleaning our kitchen cupboards (as that would interfere with our family /fun time around the kitchen table!). Invest in a kitchen cupboard restorer! We all know that certain shampoos and polish prevent dust from settling on our cars, and we even spray products on our bathroom windows to prevent them from steaming up... so why not give our kitchen cupboards the same respect? Most of these restorers wont cost you and arm and a leg and you will soon find that fingerprints, grease and oil will not take away your kitchens shine! When cleaning your kitchen cupboards on the inside, it is important to use a slightly damp, not soaking wet, sponge or cloth to wipe the surfaces. Then use a soft, dry cloth to make sure that there is no water left on the cupboard surfaces. This would end up warping the wood and leave the cupboard with a stuffy odor. If you have wooden kitchen cupboard, it is essential to treat the surfaces on a regular basis. Personal hygiene goes hand-in-hand with kitchen hygiene. Germs and bacteria hide on most surfaces that are touched, therefore washing your hands often is very important. Wipe up spills immediately after they occur - removing everyday spills and drips will prevent food and drink from staining your kitchen surfaces and is a good first step for a hygienic kitchen. A red wine spill poses no problem when wiped up immediately, but that same spill can leave a permanent stain if left for a couple of days. Clean your kitchen appliances and cupboards often! Also keep in mind that a lot of food products have expiry dates. Do not leave such products in your kitchen cupboards indefinitely! This is a sure way to attract all kinds of unwanted visitors - do not allow your kitchen cupboard to become a breeding ground for flying and crawling bugs! By following these simple tips, youll be able to spend many happy hours in your kitchen and be happy in the knowledge that your kitchen is a safe and hygienic place for family and friends to visit.
Published at Sunday, May 21st 2017, 22:59:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. How To Make White Cupboards In Your Kitchen Look More Attractive These cupboards suit any type of kitchen. If you dont like the original designs of these types of cupboards, you can easily make changes on it, so that it is made suitable for your kitchen home decor. If need be, you can even break these cupboards up along with other accessories or by add colors to it. There is no need to worry about the cost associated with making changes in the existing designs of these white cupboards. Most of these can be changed easily without spending a large amount of money. The only thing is that you have to come up with certain strategies. This article provides you some useful information on how to carry out this task effectively. First of all, you have to gather information regarding the various options available so that you can easily select a plan that suits your budget as well as the kitchen. Try to find out the areas in your kitchen where the white cupboards look plain. The best method to find out this is by observing the kitchen at night and also during day time. You may need a few days for this. You can ask your family members also for their opinion regarding the appearance of white color in your kitchen. Replacing doors of these cupboards with glass is a good option and you can place some decorative items to give a perfect look to the cup boards. Use of antique mediums is also preferable especially, if you feel your kitchen is filled with white cupboards. Some people try to add wall stickers to their white cupboards. If you are considering this, try to use wall stickers that have relevance to the kitchen. Wall stickers of coffee cups, food items, utensils, etc are preferred than other types of wall papers. The use of hardware with contrasting colors in the kitchen is found to help in making the white cabinets look more attractive. Try to use attractive hardware on the doors of all cupboards. If you are considering changing the entire hardware, the overall design of the kitchen should be taken into consideration. Another option is to paint the surrounding walls with a different color. However, the overall design and painting of your kitchen should be considered before deciding on the color. These are some of the inexpensive and easy methods to make your white cupboards more attractive.
Published at Sunday, May 21st 2017, 21:43:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. Kitchen Cupboard Buying Tips I think it is safe to say that it is common knowledge that a kitchen cupboard can serve different purposes, depending on the kitchen where it is used. This is the first thing that you need to take into account when going out to buy one, or more for yourself. Generally, people look for a pleasant design in these items. A kitchen cupboard can come in a wide variety of styles and designs. The cost will also range depending on the style and the material that the cupboard will feature. It is very important that the design of the kitchen cupboard will go well with the décor of your kitchen. The majority of people prefer kitchen cupboard that are flexible in both functionality and design. People now prefer kitchen cupboards that feature quality wood materials. If youre choosing to go with this design, then it is best that you choose a cupboard that features more exotic wood materials since it offers the best look. Durability shouldnt be ignored, thus it is recommended that you get a kitchen cabinet which features stainless steel edges. Be sure to lay out all of your necessities before actually purchasing or designing one! Once you know what you need, be sure to pick a kitchen cupboard that will fulfill these needs. The best strategy is to make a small list with all the things that you will be using it for, things such as wine storage or utensil storage. Such a list will be of great help when going out to buy the right kitchen cabinet for you. A great cupboard will add a lot to the functionality of your kitchen by helping you keep things more organized and be more productive. A good cupboard will provide all of these things no matter the size of your kitchen! Keep in mind that deciding on the kitchen cupboard that you wish to purchase will be yours only and you need to put some thought into it if you want to ensure that you will buy a quality and useful product. If youre not sure about which design to go for, then you should consider buying something that goes well with the existing décor. A pleasant look is also important and you should make sure that your kitchen looks right. There are a lot of styles that you can go for, then main ones being modern, classic and contemporary.
Published at Sunday, May 21st 2017, 20:17:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. Kitchen Organization Tips: Cupboards Organizing your cupboards may seem to be overwhelming. Actually it is well worth the time and effort. Some people recommend emptying all the cupboards at one time, and then restocking them. Personally I feel that is a bit overwhelming and exhausting. I do one cupboard at a time. Choose one, whichever one you want to start on; · Completely empty your cupboard, yes everything · Now is the time to replace paper on the shelves, if you choose to use a shelf liner of some sort. · Now is also the time to paint the interior of the cupboard if you are so inclined · Wipe down the shelves and the cupboard walls. You now have the entire contents of your cupboard on your kitchen table. Sort through the items and discard any that are no longer useable or have no value to you. Ask yourself if you need every item and if the items belong in the cupboard they were in. Discard, recycle, or donate any items you no longer need or want. You probably have several types of cupboards in your kitchen; dish storage, food storage, pots and pans storage, baking pans, and small appliance storage. You may have other items stored in your cupboards. Dish Storage: This is a great time to wash all of your dishes and discard any that are chipped or stained beyond use. After washing all your dishes put them back in the cupboard, think about how you want to organize the cupboard. Logically the items you use most often should be the most accessible. Use dish organizers to make the most of every corner of your cupboards. Food Storage: Sort through all the food items, such as flour, sugar, teas, coffees, and whatever else you have in the cupboard. First check the expiration date of each item. If it is out of date discard it. Wipe off all containers. If you have any items in the cupboard that are not in some type of seal able, bug resistant container, do so now. Again think about how you want the cupboard organized, draw a diagram if desired. As with dishes put items that you use regularly on lower, easily accessable shelves. Store the items that are seldom used higher. If you have items left on your table decide where they belong. Some probably dont belong in the kitchen. Pots and Pans and bake wear: Again wash all the items, check to see if they are useable. If an item is rusted or badly pitted discard it. Consider if you could store your cookware on a hanging rack. This would save much cupboard space, another solution might be a pegboard hung on a wall and hang your pans on hooks. Small appliances are problematic because you often do not use them daily. First wash and polish them up. If possible store them in a plastic bags to keep them clean and dust free. Store them so the ones you use often are in the front. Put others in the back, use slide out shelves or baskets so that they pull out easily. Work through all of your cupboards, one at a time. Even if you cannot finish in one day, you are well on your way to having an organized kitchen.
Published at Sunday, May 21st 2017, 18:52:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. 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.
Published at Sunday, May 21st 2017, 17:43:23 PM. Cupboard By kirby. 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.