Published at Saturday, February 04th 2017, 06:56:23 AM by tommy. Cupboard. The Reinvention of Kitchen Cupboards Home buying involves many choices. People could make a decision on a house because of one option or choice, but more often than not, it is determined by several factors. Most choices come down to a house being well designed and fitting a families needs. From this an individual or family will expect the house or "investment" to grow in value over time. Some elements of the house are a bonus. Yes a well designed house makes the choice easier, but then with this choice will come other features that are nice additions. Smaller features of a house are not the deciding factor of home buying, but often help with the decision. One of these smaller features that could go along way is the kitchen cupboards or in other words the kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are not the first thing you think about when entering a house, but once you get to the kitchen, this feature becomes a noticeable and important attribute. A kitchen cupboard is an old term that has slowly transformed over the last half century. Many homes built before the nineteen fifties had the traditional kitchen cupboards. These cabinets were large solid wood fixtures that were often custom built for each individual house. The kitchen cupboard has transformed over the years and has become smaller in size. Of course this transformation has already started to go in a cycle and the traditional kitchen cupboard, once out of date, is showing up again. The housing boom in the nineteen fifties, largely brought on by the prosperity after the war caused a large demand for new housing. Tract housing developments called for new ideas for the kitchen. Traditional kitchen cupboards were no longer practical; instead, smaller, sleeker cabinets were needed to fit into these new houses. Houses were smaller and a large kitchen now became obsolete, so the kitchen cupboard was now substituted with the modern kitchen cabinet. For the next forty to fifty years these cabinets were the dominate feature in the kitchen. Of course there are always exceptions, but for the most part, the kitchen cupboard was downsized in height and width, made less appealing, and mostly was there for usage not design. Fortunately the cycle of design has changed and kitchen cabinets have come full circle. There are more choices today and actually a style of the kitchen cupboard is back in fashion. Large pantry cabinets have come back into a house and from this the renaissance of the kitchen has begun. Another sign of a "throw back" kitchen is the return of the taller kitchen cabinet. Most cabinets are around thirty inches high; however a forty two inch kitchen cabinet or kitchen cupboard had now become an option. Of course if youre going to buy these larger (forty two inch) kitchen cupboards, you will need a higher ceiling, but if you have that higher ceiling, these kitchen cabinets fill the space nicely. The kitchen cupboard has come a long way. Once a piece of furniture, it was then reduced to a no-frills, practical use, but now it has made its way into the kitchen as a furnishing with style.
Published at Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 05:44:23 AM. Cupboard By steven. 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.
Published at Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 04:33:23 AM. Cupboard By tommy. 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.
Published at Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 03:05:23 AM. Cupboard By steven. 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 Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 02:02:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. Looking at Different Bedroom Cupboard Designs One of the last things that you will consider when you are looking into bedroom cupboard designs is where to put them. Of course there are many other considerations that you will need to take into consideration as well when you are looking at bedroom cupboard designs. Size Does Matter In this case it actually does. Depending on the purpose of the cupboards will determine what size and shape you will in need of. If you are simply using the cupboards for storage then you will in all likelihood look to use a cupboard that is rather simple and fits in perfectly with the outline of the room. However if the purpose of the cupboard is to display items of value as well as personal treasures then you will want top go with something that is a little more elegant and sophisticated as your choice for the design. It is quite possible to go with something that will have glass doors or are see-through in some way. Remember that you are going to want to get a cabinet that will actually serve the purpose and hold the items properly as opposed to being to small and useless or else have a cupboard that is too large and having a feeling of needing to fill the cupboard, since there is empty space. Consider The Material When you are looking into installing a new bedroom cupboard designs, consider what it is that they are made out of first. Make sure that the craftsmanship as well as the durability and design meet your expectations. You will want something that is going to reflect your personality as well as your needs. In many cases these cupboards will be meant to last for a long period of time and you will want to make them a huge point of the home, especially if you are looking to sell or move on from the home. Remember that cupboards are a huge investment both with time and money. This is something that should not have to replace or reinstall unless you feel a true need to do so. Make sure that you are making the right decision and that you are consulting different sources as far what it is that will work and determining what the room will look like when you are done, without really spending money or their time. Remember to make it yours, even with the input of others.
Published at Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 01:56:23 AM. 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 Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 00:42:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. 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 Monday, November 21st 2016, 23:41:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. The Correct Way to Adjust Cupboard Hinges With Springs iam going to be giving you pointers on how to adjust your kitchen or bathroom vanity cupboard doors that have spring hinges? To recognize if you have this type of hardware, look at the edge of your door. If the mechanism is grooved into the edge of the panel and you can see metal on the exterior, then you have a Y-5 brand "SPRING" hinge. The Y-5 was designed to allow adjustments to be made in three different directions. Tools Needed: • Electric or Cordless Drill • 1/32" Drill Bit • Driver Bit With a Phillips Head • Phillips Screwdriver Take a very detailed look at all of your cabinet doors, paying close attention to what needs to be moved in which direction in order for things to look more uniform. If you have doors that are rubbing together it may be because they were originally made too large. In such cases, it may be necessary to have the doors cut down a little in order for them to close properly. Making the Hinge Adjustments Open a cupboard door and you will notice that there are four screws, two on the cabinet member and two holding the hinge fast to the door. One screw on the cabinet frame is a lock-down or "set" screw that doesnt allow for any adjustment. The other one is inserted into an oblong hole to allow for movement. The same is true for the hinge plate that is fastened to the cupboard door. Only remove the lock-down screw, then loosen the adjustment screw just enough to allow for the door to me moved a little. Leave enough tension on the hinge so that it can be moved, but is not "flopping" loose. Re-tighten the adjustment screw and close the door to see how things look. Continue this process of opening, adjusting and closing the cupboard doors until you are satisfied with your accomplishments. The alterations you are making should be very "minute" on each kitchen or bathroom door. You should relocate two doors by moving them a little rather than moving one door a lot. • Important: If a door is not resting on the face-frame of the cupboard correctly, never try to twist it by using the force of your hands. Always move the hinge plate on the inside of the cupboard frame toward or away from you, either at the top or bottom of the door. Once you are satisfied with your achievements, it is time to drill new holes for the lock down or "set" screws to be repositioned. While drilling these new holes, you will have to adjust the angle of the drill so you miss the original hinge set screw hole. It may be necessary to insert a few wooden toothpicks into the old holes. Be very careful to NOT drill through the cupboard door and ruin the decorative face. You can place a piece of tape on the drill bit to help you gauge how far you should drill. If you know how to make a stop-block, this would be a worthwhile procedure to undertake. Final Steps Tighten the set screws down and you are almost finished. If you need to adjust the location of the cupboard doors a little, its OK to tap them with the palm of your hand. There will be a little tolerance in the hinges even though the set screws are locked in place. Just be sure to NOT use excessive force. A slight tap here or there is OK. I always recommend hiring a professional cabinet maker to adjust cupboard hinges. There are always tricks in every trade that make things go smoother. You can try to do-it-yourself (DYI), but it has been my experience that most people just get frustrated and break something. Never the less, if you are the handy-man type, give it a try.