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 Tuesday, November 08th 2016, 02:27:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. 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 Tuesday, November 08th 2016, 01:17:23 AM. Cupboard By kirby. 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 Monday, November 07th 2016, 23:50:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. Mesmerizing Kitchen Cupboards and Appliances Every individual desires to bring some change in their life at some point. Similarly, just replacing those old kitchen appliances with new and mesmerizing kitchen cupboards and appliances can give a whole new look to your kitchen. Over the different designs of kitchen, appliances have come up in the market, so you can look for buying one of them. You may perceive that changing the look of the kitchen without spending much is a myth, but this can be true provided you invest your money judiciously on those things, which are essential for your kitchen such as kitchen cupboards and appliances. The appliances available in the market have different features. They have technology, design, décor or all in one. Advancement of technology has led to the advent of eco-friendly, efficient and elegant appliances that possess potential of uplifting the mood of your kitchen. Appliance manufacturers are launching different designs of appliances that can suit the requirements of the people from different strata of society. In recent times, kitchen appliances have become a necessity in every household. World is getting fast-paced and everyone desires to finish tasks quickly and thus, appliance manufacturers give due importance on this aspect. For instance, no one desires to waste their time on washing dishes, so dishwashers are an alternative for them. These dishwashers have special features such as steam cleaning and smart sensors for determining the dirt on the dish. Picking the Best Kitchen Cupboards: Kitchen without cupboards seems empty, so if you do not one possess one or have an old cupboard, then it is high time to purchase a cupboard. You may find it overwhelming seeing the options available for kitchen cupboards, but it is not at all an easy task. Therefore, you need to make the decision carefully, because this is the only way out to get the best kitchen cupboard. Initially, you need to determine your budget, because this is the most important thing for purchasing anything. If you think that you can spend a whole lot of money for the purchase of the cupboard, then you can go for high-end cabinets. Avoid those cabinets, which you cannot afford. Another important aspect is the design and feel of the cupboard you desire to have in your kitchen. This may assist you in the selection of colors and types of cabinets. If you desire to buy a contemporary design, then you need to look for the stores that deal in contemporary kitchen cupboards. If you desire to have a bold look for kitchen, then go for quirky cabinets. There are pre-designed cabinets available in the market, so you just need to order the color and size. It is essential for you to choose the type of material, because the material type determines the life of the cabinet. If you want to add life in your kitchen, then it is advisable to go for authentic cabinets designs.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 22:33:23 PM. Cupboard By kirby. Kitchen Cupboards: The Excellent Alternative to a Disorganized Kitchen Elegant kitchen cupboards can be created from a varied palette of natural materials to achieve a sense of height and depth. It is also important to take careful consideration of interconnecting areas and available spaces when planning to build and install cupboards for your kitchen. In order to establish a sense of height choose to install cupboards that are tall and choose materials that has an intentionally horizontal grain such as wood. Talented kitchen designers have designed modern kitchens utilizing wood beams to create a point of difference. Wooden cupboards come in a variety of stains that exudes a certain depth and warmth. Kitchen cupboards with cigar box style are mostly preferred for wooden kitchens. Most designers also use the layered materials technique to create a beautiful texture and colours that shows fantastic craftsmanship. Doing a make-over for a large and roomy kitchen is easier than working in a smaller room, but you also have to look at the long list of requirements and specifications where it would seem a daunting task to achieve aesthetically cohesive plan. A lot of effort is needed in designing a perfect layout that would fit several furnishings and appliances and substantial storage space and at the same time shun a warehouse effect or feeling. Another pertinent factor is to see to it that all the elements relate to each other in order to give a functional and user-friendly kitchen space. The most adept kitchen design results from a joint effort from the designer and the homeowner during the early stages of construction. Your kitchen cupboard maker should also collaborate with your kitchen designer so they can agree on the best type of design, materials and style. Their wise planning assures you and your family of having the kitchen that you have been dreaming of. Kitchen cupboards are the excellent alternative to disorganized kitchen and cluttered counters. An intelligently planned kitchen cabinetry will help you accomplish that objective of getting well-organized kitchen at all times. Ensure that accurate measurements are taken since sizes and spacing should be a primary concern in order to come up with cabinets that are not too confined or too far apart and difficult to work with. It should come out interesting and practical. Perfectly designed and well thought of kitchen cabinets can be the focal point of a kitchen. Whatever design you have in mind when it comes to your kitchen cabinet, have it installed taking into consideration every inch of that empty wall space. Like most homeowners, you should give some thought on your requirements in order to come up with the ideal kitchen cupboards that will suit your indoor or outdoor kitchen. Its also nice to use decorative hardware for your cupboards but make sure to pick something that perfectly matches the colour and texture of the cabinets. Whether you want a clean and timeless appearance, conventional or modern, the important factor to consider is to have a functional and organized kitchen. Dont forget to set yourself a budget for this project to avoid overspending.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 21:24:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Complete Your Kitchen With Stylish Kitchen Cupboard Doors When you first walk into a kitchen, generally the first thing that you will notice are the kitchen cupboard doors. The exteriors of these cupboards will set the whole feel for the kitchen - old wood will say country kitchen while black wood with silver handles will very often represent a more modern feel and design. There are so many kitchen cupboard doors for you to choose from, it can be hard to know which doors are the right ones for the kind of kitchen that you want to portray. From maple wood all the way through to fine oak materials, new homes and kitchens are simply completed by these small objects and with more styles than you could ever think possible, they are designed to match and accentuate the décor of your kitchen rather than overpower it. Generally, when you buy a kitchen from any vendor, they will throw in the kitchen cupboard doors for free and this is especially the case if you are buying multiple units. This integral part of the kitchen is the first thing that many people will see and therefore it makes sense to pay attention to detail. Whether you are putting a kitchen in a new home or simply remodeling an old one, these doors are very important. They must be convenient as this is very often seen as the hub of the household - it is where meals are prepared, where people tend to congregate at parties and it must be easy to clean and hygienic as well as looking good. Stiff doors will never do; if you cannot get the food out without a struggle, you are going to get annoyed with it! The best way to ensure that you have no problems with your kitchen cupboard doors is to have them professionally installed. Trying to do them yourself will usually result in hard to open doors that are not straight or even facing the right direction in some cases! Thankfully, you will find these essential doors in many different places from furniture stores and outlets to home appliance stores. Generally, they will be set out in a whole kitchen layout letting the consumer see exactly how they look and allowing them to visualize them in their own homes and this is important when you appreciate how many styles, sizes, colors and finishes that you can get these doors in! By seeing them in all of their glory in the store, you can mix and match different sets for a more retro and modern feel or even check out the durability and ease in which they are opened and shut without getting them into your home and then realizing they are not convenient or appropriate to your décor.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 20:18:23 PM. Cupboard By steven. 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.
Published at Monday, November 07th 2016, 18:56:23 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.