Published at Saturday, April 29th 2017, 03:59:23 AM by kirby. 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, February 14th 2017, 01:04:23 AM. Cupboard By tommy. Builders Tips - Fix Cupboards BUILT-IN CUPBOARDS Nearly every residence has some built-in cupboards and often we want more of them! Whether inside the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, theyre usually in fairly constant use and so suffer the exact same wear and tear troubles suffered by doors and windows. Kitchen cupboards in particular break from constant opening and closing and being in contact with water and heat. Built-in cupboards could be one of the additional expensive things to call a tradesperson in to build. There are some jobs the average DIYer can do around the house to fix up difficulties and update the look of their built-ins. Kitchen cupboard doors no longer line up over time, cupboard doors tends to sag, particularly the ones that get used all the time. About once a year I need to take a screwdriver to the cupboard door hinges and fine-tune them to be able to keep the doors aligned. Most doors are designed to be adjusted rapidly and very easily with nothing more than a screwdriver, as most kitchens built inside the last 30 years or so have concealed, adjustable hinges. Usually these hinges have four adjusting screws, allowing you to make three main adjustments: Lateral - the front grub screw (or set screw) adjustment permits the door to be moved side to side. Depth - loosening the back screw enables the door to be moved in or out. Vertical - the two top and bottom screws enable for adjustment of the door in an up or down direction. Youll have to experiment with the readjusting to acquire ideal alignment, but you will soon get the hang of it. Its worth noting that most of these types of hinges are manufactured in Europe and will in all probability have Pozidriv screws in them. Fixing sagging corner cupboard doors The problem with built-in kitchens is the corner cupboard, It constantly ends up a black hole where you cant find anything thats pushed up the back, and the doors, being double Sectioned, usually sag and eventually fall off. This kind of hinged door is a lot heavier than your normal cupboard door, as the hinges on the cabinet and holds the combined weight of both doors, In order to counter this extra weight and open the gap between the top of the folding door as well as the adjacent door, you must compensate by over adjusting not only the hinges that attach the doors to the cabinet but also the hinges that join the two doors together. Both hinges will have an adjustment screw that fits via a slotted hole, usually at the back of the hinge assembly. Loosen this screw slightly and then push the two parts of the hinge closer together just before re-tightening. It could possibly take a couple of attempts to get the doors to sit where you would like them. Fixing drawers Just like the rollers on sliding doors, rollers on drawer runners can get worn or damaged. Replacing the inexpensive runners or slides will have the drawers rolling like new again and is really a fairly straightforward operation: 1 - Pull the drawer forward and lift the front to remove it from the cabinet. This will give you access to both parts of the roller assembly. 2 - Removing just a couple of screws will totally free up the old mechanism. Once again, a decent hardware store should have an exact matching assembly; if not, try cabinetmakers supplies in the phonebook. 3 - These are commonly sold in pairs and you must replace both sides of your drawer at once. You will only want a screwdriver to replace the old screws into the original screw holes. Sometimes with excess pulling and over loaded drawers (or perhaps if the runners had been broken), drawer front can turn out to be loose and pull away from the rest of the drawer. If this is happening to yours: 1 - Remove the drawers and clamp the front back into position. 2 - Add some tiny metal 90 degree angle brackets to the inside of the drawer prior to it comes apart entirely. Another common complaint is the collapse of the thin baseboard inside the drawer. This will normally take place for the reason that the drawer has been overloaded. Brad is a builder in Brisbane [http://www.brisbanehomebuilder.com]. Brad writes these articles in his spare time to share some of his building and DIY knowledge. For work Brad takes on home improvement building projects in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville. These project include deck building projects, renovations and home extensions.
Published at Monday, February 13th 2017, 23:47:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Bathroom Design: Why You Should Incorporate Soft Close Draws and Cupboards in Your New Bathroom Soft close cupboard doors and soft close cabinet draws are two innovative and new products that can be incorporated into your bathroom design. They both are inexpensive design products, yet they have the look and feel of top end high priced products for your bathroom project. There is no need to purchase an entire new set of cupboards for your bathroom, as the soft close cupboard doors and soft close draws go right over our existing bathroom features. This is why they are less than remodeling and a whole lot easier as well. You dont need any fancy hinges, screws, or draw slides either as these products come with all you will need to spruce up your bathroom design. They are quick and simple to install and only take a few minutes and come with the complete and easy directions for your convenience. The soft close draw and soft close cupboard doors have been fully tested and are proven to be durable, so will last for years to come. These look great in your bathroom and keep your cupboards and drawers from slamming shut. No more pinched fingers or noisy problems. It also makes for less damage to your cupboards too. The Soft close draws will fit onto just about any brand of cupboard whether they are frame or frameless styles and fit right onto your old hinge in the upper section of the corner and attach instantly and smoothly in seconds. They are rated to uphold for more than 40,000 openings and closings, so you know they are going to last and last. They also have a lifetime guarantee as well, so you can feel good about adding them to your bathroom design project. When you start your bathroom design project, you need to order one soft draw pull for each drawer that is 22 inches or less and two for every one that is more than 22 inches. Thats all that is needed to make your old drawers as good as new and make them shut more smoothly and more quietly too. As for the soft close cupboard doors, you just need one for each door, so just count the number of doors and drawers in your bathroom cupboard and you are good to go for your next order. If you are unsure of how to install them, you can even watch videos online that will give you a step by step showing of how to put both products on in your bathroom. So, no matter if you merely are doing something to bet a bit of an updated look and feel in your bathroom or you are concerned about your children pinching their fingers or you just want a drawer or door that shuts more quietly, these great products are made to do the job for you with no trouble at all and not a great expense to your wallet either. So, be sure to order some of these soft close cupboard doors and soft close cabinet draws today to complete your next bathroom design product. Design Time Nottingham, the specialist for fitting Bathrooms Nottingham Design Time Nottingham, why not check out our Virtual Tour on our Google+ page Nottingham Kitchens
Published at Monday, February 13th 2017, 23:44:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. 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 Monday, February 13th 2017, 22:36:23 PM. Cupboard By tommy. 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 Monday, February 13th 2017, 22:19:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. 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 Monday, February 13th 2017, 21:11:23 PM. Cupboard By justin. Preparation Is the Key to Painting Cupboards Successfully In thirty years of remodeling cabinets, Ive learned that preparation is one of the most important aspects of painting kitchen or bathroom cupboards. In this article, we will explore a few of the things that can really make a difference in how the painting project will look when it is all done. IMPORTANT: DO NOT RUSH through this renovation. Allowing plenty of time to do it right is essential to the success of having your kitchen or bathroom cupboards look new again. Cleaning the Cupboards Mix a solution of Dawn dish washing detergent and water to wash your cupboards with. The areas around the stove and hood should be gone over several times to ensure that all of the grease buildup is removed. If you are preparing Formica surfaces, you can use lacquer thinner on them to remove grease build-up. Using Wood Putty and Caulking You are going to have to remove the cabinet doors and you should replace all of the hinges, handles or knobs while renovating the cupboards. This is probably going to leave a few holes that will need to be filled with wood filler. You should sand the areas down before placing the filler in the holes and allow sufficient time for it to completely dry. Use the wood filler on every crack and crevice that you can find. You should also caulk around all areas where the cupboards meet the walls, ceiling and floors. Be sure to wipe the access caulking off really well with a damp rag. You only want to fill the void areas. If it is necessary to rinse the rag out a few times because of all of the caulking thats OK. Just get it all off of the cupboards, walls, floor and ceiling. Sanding the Cabinets Once the wood putty is thoroughly dry, sand those areas first so that they are nice and flush. If you need to add more filler, DO NOT omit this step. Every inch of the cupboards should be sanded that will be painted. There is an optional product that can be used here, but you must check with your local paint supply company to ensure that it will work with the materials that your cupboards are made of. You can apply a liquid deglosser that will work almost as good as sanding the cupboards. Granted, you will still need to use sandpaper for the places you applied the putty to. Repeating the Process Once you have cleaned the cupboards, filled all of the blemishes and thoroughly sanded them, repeat all of these steps again. This is known as going over them with a fine-toothed comb. Trust me, this is what makes the difference between the do-it-yourself look or obtaining professional results. Applying the First Coat of Primer Painting the cupboards with a thin coat of primer is the next step. Allow the paint to completely dry. Fill any blemishes with filler and sand them out again. Repeat this process of applying the paint primer, filling flaws and sanding them out until the cupboards are literally "spotless." Now the process of painting the finish coats on the cupboards can begin. Its important to realize that the final coats of paint will only look as good as the surface is underneath. If theres a run, dip, depression or scratch anywhere in the primers surface, the exact same flaw will be seen when the finish coats of paint are applied to the cabinetry.
Published at Monday, February 13th 2017, 20:04:23 PM. 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.