Published at Monday, April 24th 2017, 17:53:23 PM 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 Sunday, October 30th 2016, 07:40:23 AM. Cupboard By steven. 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.
Published at Sunday, October 30th 2016, 06:24:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. Painting Kitchen Cupboards White Painting kitchen cupboards is a time consuming task which can be done easily by knowing few professional home decoration procedures. So, lets explore these techniques in this article. In case your kitchen cupboards have began to show few wear signs then they surely need repainting. Or else if youre older cupboards that were done with dark stains need up-gradation to look modern then be well-prepared for a difficult and time consuming task. Cupboards are just not easy for painting as ceilings and walls. There exist numerous shelves, drawers and doors to assert along with the tight-interior areas that would be hard for working on. Firstly, for painting kitchen cupboards properly, you need to clean-out all contents to carefully wipe-down the entire surfaces using a damp, clean cloth to remove the spilled oils or food stuffs and dust. To do it professionally, you need to remove every cupboard doors along with their handles or knobs and hinges and to take-out all drawers & drawer pulls. In case you have a separate room / garage where you could set all doors upon the workbenches, empty boxes or milk crates, thereby, the task of painting could be done easily. Stained cupboards finished with upper coating of polyurethane or clear varnish may need extra prep works, prior to painting them. Such kind of finishes often are polished like the furniture which might have a oil or wax build-up on their surface that interferes with binding the paint, that you propose to apply. To eliminate this oil or wax, make use of rags drenched in the denatured alcohol for wiping all the surfaces thoroughly. Then sand the surfaces with the 220-grit sandpaper for roughing it slightly to help paint adhere well. After sanding, just wipe all surfaces once again using denatured alcohol for removing wax or oil residue or sand. So, after the alcohol gets evaporated, proceed to paint. If you want to paint previously unfinished cupboards or wood that had been finished naturally, just proceed to apply four coats of paint for getting a professional look. In fact this is true, if youre painting the cupboards white that has been in style factor these days. The interior of drawer and white cupboards can be painted with 3 coats of paint but ensure to do the outer side rightly to have kitchen cupboards that speaks proudly of you. Finally, re-install all the hardwares and hang all doors well. So, now all is well with your white kitchen cupboards.
Published at Sunday, October 30th 2016, 05:22:23 AM. Cupboard By justin. Kitchen Cupboards: Smart Storage and Multifunctional Convenience It is but wise to plan and build a kitchen that allows you to blend your kitchen and living space for convenience and efficiency especially for the busy homemaker. Your kitchen cupboards should focus on making work easier and your life hassle-free. Kitchen cupboards of todays lifestyle provides storage thats both visually appealing and well-engineered thats aimed at maximizing space and less effort when working. That is why designer kitchens are also gaining popularity because a lot of homeowners today are looking for integrated kitchen fixtures and appliances as well as customized storage areas that suits their familys needs and lifestyle. There are a lot of kitchen cupboards in various colors, design and dimensions that come with good value-adders such as a built-in metal rack, adjustable dividers and roll-out baskets making it easy to arrange and clean your cupboards. High rise living make the distinction between living and kitchen space less defined. High rise living nowadays also mean kitchen with limited space so, a well thought of storage cabinets for your kitchen items play a great role and helps maximize your limited kitchen space and make it clutter-free. The wall space have become very useful when it comes to decoration and personalization that is why, your choice of kitchen cupboards can make or break the beauty of your kitchen area as this can be the focal point in your kitchen. Some individuals prefer to install shelves where they put everything from plates, cups, glasses, and other kitchen needs for easy access. Most kitchen cupboards are made of wood so, proper care is needed especially if you arent sure if the wood has been properly dried and treated. Ensure that you pick a durable wooden finish thats going to withstand the drips, spills, and grease splatters. Spills and leaks should be wiped off straight away as it could cause the shelves to warp over time. Todays kitchen cupboards are decorated with glamour and pizzazz. There are several themes, styles, patterns that are implemented throughout the kitchen. There are also daring individuals who opt for a combination of styles. There are kitchen cabinet designs that are very innovative and have unconventional styles to choose from. Formulate your very own kitchen cupboards storage ideas by evaluating the number, size and shape of items you wish to store in it. Kitchen cupboards design should be done and thought of and done carefully. Measurements have to be accurate as they are usually fitted within the confined space in the kitchen. A slight mistake in the design and measurements can make the entire work go for a toss. Sometimes, the cupboards may struggle to fit in their space or worse, if the vendor missed a utility opening. By careful planning, you can effortlessly make your kitchen spacious, convenient and enjoyable to use. You can actually select from numerous styles and designs of smart pieces of kitchen furniture to help make your kitchen more organized and clutter-free. Opting for a multifunctional feature is indeed the smartest way to go.
Published at Sunday, October 30th 2016, 04:15:23 AM. Cupboard By justin. 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, October 30th 2016, 03:00:23 AM. Cupboard By tommy. Using An Office Cupboard In The Home A Variety of Different Office Cupboards With there being such a vast selection of office cupboards to choose from it can be hard to know which one is the best to choose for your personal needs. Cupboards can be used for many different uses around the home from the traditional kitchen cupboard to a tool cupboard or cabinet. In the workplace though the most ideal and realistic is the office cupboard which can be used to store and file office essentials. A cupboard is a great way of being able to keep your office in order and is a perfect solution to an untidy office. There are many different types of cupboard to choose from and these vary from the traditional compartment cupboards to glass and wooden cupboards and even mobile cupboards which you can move as you please. Great for the Home or Office Great for the home or office, an office cupboard is important as it is the home to all your essentials whether it be stationery and files in the office or books, files and childrens toys in the home for example. The cupboard is also a fantastic organised storage system in the home as well as the office as its many shelves and compartments mean that theres plenty of room for all that you need to store. Why not even consider using your cupboard in school if you are a teacher? Office cupboards are very versatile so you can use them in many different places in different situations. Importance of an Office Cupboard in Your Life A cupboard is a fantastic necessity for any office, home or school. It will not only keep your items stored safely it will bring organisation into your life from the minute it steps foot in your home. They are great for the home as they come in so many different shapes and sizes they can be fitted into many different rooms perfectly.With a wide range and variety of cupboards to also choose from you are bound to be able to find a cupboard perfect for your all of your needs. You can even purchase a First Aid cupboard which is fantastic for any workplace and will keep all your first aid necessities in one place. An office cupboard doesnt need to be of a large size either, wall cupboards can be less than half the size, fixed to the wall and will store organise a room perfectly.
Published at Sunday, October 30th 2016, 01:51:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. 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 Sunday, October 30th 2016, 00:28:23 AM. Cupboard By tommy. Oak Cupboards Provide Quality Yet Affordable Stylish Storage Solutions An oak cupboard offers a very luxurious way to keep clutter well hidden away. This very stylish piece of oak furniture exudes quality and expense, yet these fantastic storage solutions are very keenly priced making them surprisingly affordable. Its quite surprising how many different types and sizes of oak cupboard are available, with some nice compact single door cupboards that will fit into some of the smallest locations, to the larger two door cupboards and sideboards that provide a good amount of stylish storage space. Oak cupboards also come in differing heights, with the lower cupboards suitable for holding TV, hi-fi, etc together with DVD media, and the taller units providing the most storage capacity. Additionally some specialist oak cupboards are available that have been specifically designed as corner cupboards, CD/DVD cupboards, shoe cupboards, bathroom cupboards, etc. Oak cupboards also come in a wide selection of finishes and ranges, with light oak, medium oak and dark oak units available in differing styles including modern, classic and contemporary designs, this means there is an oak cupboard that will look great in a wide range of homes and rooms. Many have been specifically designed for the the living room, dining room, bedroom, conservatory, home office or study and even some for the bathroom. Allowing you to have a piece of stylish oak furniture in most rooms thus giving you that that extra storage space. In the UK there are many online retailer selling high quality oak furniture at a fraction of the price of your local high street. A great deal of the furniture available from these specialist oak retailers is solid oak, rather than veneered oak which is generally found in local department stores. The solid oak furniture is generally of a very high quality and manufactured to the highest standards by skilled craftsmen, and solid wood furniture allows the natural beauty of the oak timber to shine whilst providing great strength and durability. These units are built to last and provide excellent value for money.