Published at Thursday, December 15th 2016, 10:44:23 AM by tommy. Cupboard. 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.
Published at Friday, April 14th 2017, 19:06:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. 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.
Published at Friday, April 14th 2017, 17:50:23 PM. Cupboard By steven. How To Pick The Best Kitchen Cupboards for Your Home The role played by a kitchen cupboard in one home is very different from the role it plays in another. One has to consider when selecting the best cupboard for their kitchen. Mostly, people look for the most appealing design. Design is just one of the many things that has ton be considered. The cost of the cupboard, the type of wood used and the size are some of the features that should be considered above everything else. The type of kitchen cupboard being picked should have a distinctive design; though one that is going to compliment the kitchens décor. It should be creative and at the same time, flexible. This is a type of cupboard of whose wood has been curved with the best of craftsmans skill. The best types of woods to use are exotic ones since they give a splendid finish. Stainless steel edges make a great finish and are durable in that they never rust. Before even going out shopping for a new kitchen cupboard or starting to design one, you should first lay out your needs. The cupboard should always meet those needs. the way the cupboard is designed, its size and design will dictate on what and where you are to store your appliances. Rather than letting it limit you in any way, first of all, make a list of what you intend to do with it; storing wines, utensils and cutleries, etc. These will help you visionalize on the type to be bought. By getting a good cupboard, you will be able to get organized in the kitchen regardless of how small it may be. From its many compartments and drawers, storage of different materials is as well made easier. There actually is nothing like thee best cupboard. Its up to the owner to make the best out of it. The kitchens style will help you in getting a cupboard that is easy to work with. One has to know the kind of kitchen they own; contemporary, classic or modern. According to they style, one should pick a cupboard that matches with the style. Mixing everything up will make the kitchen to instead look old fashioned and all mixed up. Modern kitchens today are adopting the use of plastics and stainless steel a lot. Instead of focusing so much on whats new and fashionable, you should put your goals first. Stainless steel is for instance very easy to clean and makes the kitchen to sparkle. Plastic, especially white makes the place look sophisticated. Wood on the other hand makes the kitchen have a vintage look. Before getting decided on your pick, you need to be sure that is exactly what you want for at least the next ten years. In the market place, most of the cupboards will sell at very high prices. One can however economize and instead design their own using re-cycled timber to build them.
Published at Friday, April 14th 2017, 16:35:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. Cleaning Kitchen Cupboards: Eliminate the Grease, Bring Back the Shine Cleaning kitchen cupboards can be a tough job especially if there is a lot of grease and built up grime. Greasy build-up cannot be avoided in your kitchen and it is actually the worst kind of dirt build-up to clean. Simple wiping will not completely remove it but using certain solutions will help you efficiently clean your cupboards. You know its time to create that solution if your kitchen cupboards look dull, dirty and more importantly feel sticky when touched. Here are some concoctions you can try to help you in cleaning the cupboards. On top of the list is a degreasing dishwashing soap. Dont just use a liquid dishwashing soap but get the one that has a degreasing agent. Ordinary liquid dishwashing soap lacks the ability to remove the cake-on grease on your kitchen cupboards. Do not pour the degreasing dishwashing soap directly to the cupboard as it may damage the finish of your cupboards. When you use it, make sure that you dissolve the dishwashing soap in hot water then use a cleaning sponge to wipe the cupboard. Follow it up with a clean, dry and soft towel. Another option you can use is a washing soda. When you are cleaning kitchen cupboards with washing soda, take the necessary precaution of wearing gloves. Washing soda is made up of sodium carbonate which can be harmful on the skin because of its pH level. This pH level 11 solution is extremely basic and your skin simply cant handle it. You can use a mixture composed of a bucket of warm water and half cup of washing soda to scrub the cupboards. If you dont want the risk of burning yourself with washing soda, you can use a white vinegar solution instead. Aside from degreasing your kitchen cupboards, the white vinegar also has the ability to kill bacteria and germs. You will need a spray bottle when cleaning kitchen cupboards with a white vinegar solution. Spray the cupboards with a mixed solution containing equal parts of warm water and white vinegar. You then have to wipe the cupboard using a sponge or scrub brush it (but not too hard). Do not rinse the white vinegar solution that has been applied but leave it to be air-dried. If your kitchen cupboards are made of wood, make sure that you are brushing or wiping in the same direction of the wood. You also have to polish the wooden cupboard after degreasing it. You can use a wood polish to make the cupboard shine like new again. There are kitchen cleaning products specially formulated for degreasing wood cabinets. You may want to use those products to make sure that you are not using a solution that can end up damaging the quality of your wood. For the heavy grime on your kitchen cupboards, you can make use of common baking soda. But when you do, make sure that you dont mix it with white vinegar as this causes a chemical reaction. If you mix both then you will end up cleaning kitchen cupboards with a bubbly mess.
Published at Friday, April 14th 2017, 16:34:23 PM. Cupboard By kirby. 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!
Published at Friday, April 14th 2017, 15:12:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Reviving Your Kitchen Cupboards You may never know the number of times you open and browse through your kitchen cupboards, but if they are more of a hindrance than a help, you probably wish it were less often. Everybody needs to eat sometime, and most people visit their kitchen every day. You need to feel good about that space. Maybe even without money for a remodel, or without changing homes entirely, you can find a way to make yours a lovable space again. For those who dwell in apartment settings, adding storage may seem like the impossible dream. You are probably not allowed to nail anything to the walls. Free standing kitchen cupboards are the answer you need. There are plenty of shapes, styles and sizes of these cabinets to choose from. Your local hardware or department stores will have what you need, but remember too furniture stores, antique shops, flea markets and garage sales. Just keep your measurements handy in your wallet for when you are out and about. One of the best ways to find exactly what you need for cupboard space in your kitchen is to clean out the cabinets and truly analyze what you use the most and where you use it. Before you begin, take a look around. If there are bags of potatoes, two liter bottles of pop and boxes of cereal sitting out, then you need more food storage space. If you have pots and pans lining the floor or all over the counter tops, then it is dish storage that you seek. Consider also what you buy on a weekly basis in groceries and what happens when you really stock the pantry. Knowing your shopping and cooking habits helps a great deal when searching for any type of kitchen storage piece. Along with having efficient storage space, another point to consider is appearance. There is something to be said for a space that looks beautiful as well as it functions. Perhaps your kitchen needs spruced up. Not everyone has the cash to start again with brand new cabinets and for some of those who do have it, not everyone wants to. There may be nothing wrong with your current setup except for the need for a little face lift. It can be friendlier for the environment and the budget if you simply learn how to paint kitchen cupboards. Refacing cabinets in this manner does require time and patience on your part. It leaves much room for your own personal touch. Color options for paint are endless. Just be sure to use something durable for this high traffic area, prime first and really take your time with it. Kitchen wall cupboards may need a little extra attention in the painting process, but they do not need to come off the wall to get a good paint finish on them. With a little research into the way you use your kitchen and some added time and attention to the appearance of your kitchen cupboards, you can create a space that remains beautiful for many years to come.
Published at Friday, April 14th 2017, 13:50:23 PM. 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 Friday, April 14th 2017, 12:30:23 PM. Cupboard By kirby. Organizing Tips - How to Organize Messy Cupboards There are many benefits to having organized cupboards and, specifically, kitchen cupboards. How many times have you been looking for a box of spaghetti and not been able to find it? Off to the store you go to buy yet another box of spaghetti, only to discover while looking for something else the following week that you now have enough spaghetti to feed a small army. Organized cupboards saves you money on your grocery bills, the time you had to take to go to the store and the aggravation of digging through the cupboards to come up empty-handed when you know you have the item you are looking for. Simple organization of your cupboards will put an end to all that hassle. If your cupboard space is small, invest in one or a few of the over the door racks that hold canned goods and smaller items. Plastic shelves designed for cupboards are also ideal to use in the kitchen. A great way to use them is for small items such as cups that can be stored on and below the shelf to save space in the cupboard and yet be accessible. Put boxed food, such as all your pasta items on one shelf. This includes macaroni noodles, the 42 boxes of spaghetti you now have, macaroni and cheese as well as your tomato, Alfredo and any canned or jar spaghetti sauce. Depending on the size of your cupboard shelves, designate a shelf for breakfast foods, a shelf for canned goods such as vegetables and fruits and a shelf for juice drinks, mixes, tea bags, coffee and hot coco. Put snack foods and lunch foods that the kids can help themselves to on a lower shelf so they can easily reach them. Of course, you will want to have guidelines concerning the availability of these snacks for the children. Invest in a label maker and label the shelves with the items that go on them. Now, if your spouse or kids help put the groceries away, they know where to put them. If you have a lot of cupboard space you could go as far as making a label for the outside of each cupboard. This, of course, would depend on the style of your kitchen and would need to be attractive as well as useful. Keeping your kitchen cupboards organized will not only save you time when you are running late and need to make a quick lunch or dinner but will also help the babysitter find the juice boxes if you step out for the evening. Colorado Over 50 was started by a Baby Boomer and his wife to address the challenges and joys of being part of the Baby Boomer generation.